Saturday, September 7, 2013

Kentucky's Win Over Miami (OH) By The Numbers

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After the horn sounded on Kentucky's 41-7 win over Miami (Ohio), the fans were finally able to celebrate the first win in the Mark Stoops era. Even though the Cats were playing the likes of Miami, it was still a very impressive showing considering the train wreck we were all witness to last weekend when Kentucky lost to WKU for the second year in a row.

Let's take a look at Kentucky's first win of the season BY THE NUMBERS.....

•With the win today, Kentucky improves to 1-1 as Miami (Ohio) falls to 0-2 with Marshall being the other loss. 

•The CATS lead the all-time series over Miami (Ohio) with a record of 8-4-1 all while winning the last three consecutive match-ups.

•Kentucky is 94-26-6 in home openers and has won every one since 2006

•At the end of the game today, Kentucky had racked up 675 yards on offense, the third-most in program history and the most since 1998.

•After promising to bring back the "Air Raid" offense, the Cats threw for 413 total yards, the first passing 400+ yard game since 2007.

•Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow both had over 100 yards passing versus Miami, this is the first time two players had over 100 yards in the same game since Jared Lorenzen and Shane Boyd accomplished the feat in 2001 versus LSU.

•The Cats put 24 points in the first quarter against Miami, the most ever in a first quarter in the programs history.

•Maxwell Smith had a 88 yard touchdown pass to Javess Blue in the first quarter, it was the longest pass since 2000 against Georgia and the fourth longest in school history.

•The Cats defense held Miami to 1-16 on third down attempts marking its best performance since holding Georgia to 0-10 on third down attempts in 2005.

•Za'Darius Smith had three sacks in today's game becoming the first Cat to have three in a game since Deion Holts had three sacks against Indiana in 2003. Smith would go on to finish the game with 6 tackles.

•Maxwell Smith made his first start of 2013 and finished with 310 yards on 15-23 passing and 3 touchdown passes.

•Jalen Whitlow finished the game with 103 yards in the air on 10-12 passing. He also rushed for 48 yards including a 9 yard rush for a touchdown on UK's first possession of the game.

After looking at a few of these numbers it's clear Kentucky fans should be a little excited about what Mark Stoops is doing in Lexington. Things are only going to continue to get better as he gets his type of players on campus in the coming seasons.

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