Running the numbers on Kentucky-Auburn


Running some numbers from Kentucky-Auburn:

Kentucky outgained Auburn 497 to 407.

Auburn’s 407 yards were a season-high for the Tigers, topping its 401 yards against Jacksonville State on Sept. 12.

The last time UK outgained an opponent by at least 90 yards and lost was in 2010 to Georgia. The Bulldogs won 44-31 at Commonwealth Stadium that year.

Before Thursday, dating back to the 2000 season, Kentucky had won 68.2 percent of its games in which it gained at least 497 yards. Under that same scenario, Kentucky had won just 27.2 percent of its SEC games.

Kentucky’s 497 total yards were a season-high and the fourth-most in the Mark Stoops Era. UK gained 675 against Miami of Ohio in 2013; 656 vs. UT-Martin last season and 504 against Mississippi State last season.

Kentucky’s previous 2015 high for total yards was 435 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.

Before Thursday, Kentucky had won six of the last eight games in which held to opponents to 407 yards or fewer.

Auburn did rush for 152 yards making UK 5-16 in the Mark Stoops Era when it allows at least 150 yards rushing.


Auburn’s 255 yards passing was a season-high, topping its 236 yards in an overtime game with Jacksonville State.

Kentucky did not force a turnover Thursday and has not forced but one turnover over the last three games.

Kentucky hasn’t intercepted a pass since the Florida game and has just four interceptions on the season. Half of those came in the opener.

Kentucky’s 138 rushing yards was the second-fewest by an Auburn opponent this season. Mississippi State rushed for just 56 yards. Remember, LSU rushed for 411 yards against the Tigers.

Kentucky threw 44 passes, most since it was 25-of-44 against Mississippi State last season. UK completed 27 passes on Thursday night.

Patrick Towles’ pass efficiency rating was 125.35, his lowest since 60.77 vs. Florida. Towles’ ratings this year: 133.79 vs. Lousiana-Lafayette; 121.13 vs. South Carolina; 60.77 vs. Florida; 183.39 vs. Missouri; 148.90 vs. Eastern Kentucky.

Auburn quarterback Sean White completed 17 of 27 passes for 255 yards. His passer rating was 142.30.

Garrett Johnson caught nine passes for a career-high 160 yards, the third 100-yard receiving game of his career and second this season. Johnson’s previous high for yardage was 154 yards last year against Florida on six catches. He caught six balls for 119 yards against Missouri this season.

Jeff Badet made a season-high five catches for 67 yards. That’s one shy of his career-high of six, set against Tennessee in the 2013 season finale.

Dorian Baker has made 31 catches through the first six games.

After missing the Eastern Kentucky game, Boom Willliams gained 113 yards on 16 carries against Auburn. That was his third 100-yard game this season and the sixth of his short career. Williams has rushed for 100-or-more yards in four of the last six games in which he has played.

Williams had a 60-yard run on UK’s first possession. That was his sixth run of 20-or-more yards this season.

Auburn receiver Ricardo Louis caught seven passes for 154 yards. He’s the first 100-yard receiver for Auburn this season. Louis had the previous high of 76 yards on 10 catches against Jacksonville State.

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