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This evening, Kentucky has an opportunity to go 3-0 for the first time since 2008. In 2008, the 'Cats went 4-0, but would win only 2 more games from there on out en route to a 6-6 regular season and a Liberty Bowl victory versus East Carolina.

Game particulars are as follows, courtesy of UKathletics.com:

Akron Zips @ Kenucky Wildcats
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Date & Time Saturday, Sept. 18
7:00 p.m
Coverage TV: Fox Sports South/Fox Sports Southwest/Sun Sports
Radio: BBSN
GameTracker
Online Audio listen
Online Video via ESPN360
Location Commonwealth Stadium
Lexington, Ky.
Gameday Information

Even though this game is a bit of a mismatch on paper, it needs to be a lopsided win for Kentucky. While the Kentucky offense has been stellar against lesser teams, the defense still has a lot of unanswered questions.

More on both teams after the jump.

Team Stats Comparison Advantage
Team Statistics Kentucky Opponents Akron Opponents Offense Defense
Scoring: Points/Game 43.0 22.0 20.0 33.5 Kentucky Kentucky
Scoring: Games - Points 2 - 86 2 - 44 2 - 40 2 - 67 Kentucky Kentucky
First Downs: Total 42 31 31 44 Kentucky Kentucky
First Downs: Rushing - Passing - By Penalty 21 - 20 - 1 16 - 12 - 3 15 - 13 - 3 16 - 24 - 4
Rushing: Yards / Attempt 5.38 5.80 4.10 3.70 Kentucky Akron
Rushing: Attempts - Yards - TD 81 - 436 - 7 65 - 377 - 3 68 - 279 - 4 82 - 303 - 3 Kentucky Kentucky
Passing: Rating 186.42 91.17 90.15 140.14 Kentucky Kentucky
Passing: Yards 512 224 276 519 Kentucky Kentucky
Passing: Attempts - Completions - Interceptions - TD 50 - 37 - 0 - 4 44 - 22 - 2 - 1 56 - 26 - 1 - 1 70 - 42 - 2 - 5
Total Offense: Yards / Play 7.2 5.5 4.5 5.4 Kentucky Akron
Total Offense: Plays - Yards 131 - 948 109 - 601 124 - 555 152 - 822
Punt Returns: Yards / Return 9.33 28.00 7.50 2.00 Kentucky Akron
Punt Returns: Returns - Yards - TD 6 - 56 - 1 1 - 28 - 0 2 - 15 - 0 1 - 2 - 0
Kickoff Returns: Yards / Return 25.00 30.90 22.20 17.17 Kentucky Akron
Kickoff Returns: Returns - Yards - TD 7 - 175 - 0 10 - 309 - 1 10 - 222 - 0 6 - 103 - 0
Punting: Yards / Punt 48.67 34.00 37.38 40.64 Kentucky Kentucky
Punting: Punts - Yards 6 - 292 10 - 340 13 - 486 11 - 447
Interceptions: Returns - Yards - TD 2 - 6 - 0 0 - 0 - 0 2 - 46 - 0 1 - 17 - 0
Fumbles: Number - Lost 1 - 0 3 - 2 3 - 1 5 - 2 Kentucky Akron
Penalties: Number - Yards 13 - 96 11 - 80 15 - 132 7 - 73
Time of Possession / Game 31:09.50 28:50.50 27:37.00 39:25.50 Kentucky Kentucky
3rd Down Conversions: Conversion % 56% 28% 34.48% 53.85% Kentucky Kentucky
3rd Down Conversions: Attempts - Conversions 25 - 14 25 - 7 29 - 10 39 - 21 Kentucky Kentucky
4th Down Conversions: Conversion % 100% 100% 50% 100% Kentucky Push
4th Down Conversions: Attempts - Conversions 2 - 2 1 - 1 2 - 1 1 - 1
Red Zone: Success % 80% 100% 60% 87.5% Kentucky Akron
Red Zone: Attempts - Scores 10 - 8 3 - 3 5 - 3 8 - 7
Field Goals: Success % 33.3% 100% 50% 100% Akron Push
Field Goals: Attempts - Made 3 - 1 3 - 3 4 - 2 2 - 2
PAT Kicking: Success % 91.7% 100% 80% 87.5% Kentucky Akron
PAT Kicking: Attempts - Made 12 - 11 5 - 5 5 - 4 8 - 7
2-Point Conversions: Success % - - - 0%
2-Point Conversions: Attempts - Made 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 1 - 0

Kentucky Team Statistics


Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Mike Hartline 2 103.0 33 46 71.7 430 215 9.3 3 0 3 12 6 4 1 - -
Morgan Newton 1 100.0 2 2 100 48 48 24 0 0 2 3 3 1.5 0 - -

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg TD
Mike Hartline 2 3 12 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
Morgan Newton 1 2 3 3 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Raymond Sanders 1 7 32 32 4.6 2 0 0 0 0 0

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD
Jordan Aumiller 2 4 49 24.5 12.3 0
La'Rod King 2 6 74 37 12.3 1
Chris Matthews 2 5 88 44 17.6 1
Matt Roark 2 6 112 56 18.7 0
Tyler Robinson 1 1 14 14 14 0

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Ryan Tydlacka 2 - - - - - 1 3 30.0% 10 11 90.0% 13


Akron Team Statistics


Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Patrick Nicely 2 50.0 26 56 46.4 276 138 4.9 1 1 10 -8 -4 -0.8 1 - -

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg TD
Alex Allen 2 27 131 65.5 4.9 3 1 4 2 4 0
Nate Burney 2 29 157 78.5 5.4 0 1 8 4 8 0
Patrick Nicely 2 10 -8 -4 -0.8 1 0 0 0 0 0

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD
Alex Allen 2 1 4 2 4 0
Nate Burney 2 1 8 4 8 0
Jalil Carter 2 2 6 3 3 0
Rhyne Ladrach 1 1 18 18 18 0
Jeremy LaFrance 2 14 163 81.5 11.6 1
Gary Pride II 2 4 44 22 11 0
Antoine Russell 1 1 7 7 7 0

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Igor Iveljic 2 - - - - - 2 4 50.0% 4 5 80.0% 10


Analysis

  • Offense:
    Akron has a serviceable ground game behind Alex Allen and Nate Burney, who tallied 229 yards together in last week's overtime loss to Gardner-Webb. But their passing game has been anemic at best, and the Zips are discovering that on one-dimensional offense will not win football games very often.

    For Kentucky, the offense has been a well-oiled machine, currently ranking 22nd in the nation in total offense and 20th in scoring offense. The 'Cats are multi-dimensional so far, able to move the ball on the ground and through the air. Randall Cobb, Derrick Locke, Mike Hartline and the wide receiving corps have been pretty impressive so far this year.
  • Defense:
    Akron's run defense has been downright stiff, allowing opponents only 3.7 yards/attempt, a respectable 77th nationally. Unfortunately, that has not equated to keeping teams out of the end zone, as Akron's scoring defense is struggling at 103rd nationally and their passing defense is anemic at 95th nationally.

    For Kentucky, they have liberally allowed opponents to score in the red zone. Teams that have managed to get the ball into the UK red zone have scored 100% of the time. UK's scoring defense comes in at #62 nationally, #94 against the run, but an impressive 12th nationally against the pass.

Overall, the Kentucky offense looks way too powerful for the Akron defense, and is likely to score at will tonight in Commonwealth Stadium. The Zips have a serviceable running game that UK will need to stop in order to have a complete game, and if recent history is any guide, that's where the 'Cats will look suspect.

Lets get this one and go 3-0.

Go, 'Cats!!