The Kentucky Wildcats went into Starkville looking for a season-defining win, and they came away with a 42-16 loss to Mississippi State.
While disheartening, there's still a lot of season left and several more chances for big wins in addition to getting bowl eligible. Following the game, here are the postgame remarks from Mark Stoops, Patrick Towles, D.J. Eliot, and Shannon Dawson, courtesy of the Lexington Herald-Leader:
And here are the postgame notes and milestones, courtesy of UK Athletics.
Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is 4-3, 2-3 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State is 6-2, 2-2 in the SEC.
• Mississippi State leads the all-time series 22-21. Mississippi State leads the series in Starkville, 12-7.
• Kentucky will return to action on Oct. 31, hosting Tennessee in a 7:30 p.m. ETkickoff at Commonwealth Stadium. The game will be televised live on the SEC Network with Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor on the call. The game will be live on the UK Sports Radio Network, with Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel voicing the action.
• Kentucky generated 423 yards total offense, surpassing 400 yards for the second consecutive game. It is the first time that UK had 400 yards offense in consecutive games since the first three games of the 2014 season.
• Kentucky had 30 first downs, the first time UK had 30 first downs since getting 37 vs. Tennessee in 2007.
• Kentucky led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. It was the first time that UK scored at least 10 points in the first quarter vs. a Southeastern Conference opponent since getting 14 vs. Tennessee in 2009.
• UK’s game captains were Patrick Towles, A.J. Stamps, Jordan Swindle and Josh Forrest.
• Junior QB Patrick Towles made his 19th consecutive start.
o Towles completed 23 of 42 passes for 218 yards.
o Towles now has 4,681 passing yards in his career, moving past Rick Norton (4,514) for sixth place on the UK career passing list.
o Towles had a two-yard QB sneak for a touchdown, his fourth rushing TD of the season and 10th of his career.
• Redshirt freshman QB Drew Barker got his first game action as a Wildcat. He completed 7 of 9 passes for 42 yards and also ran three times for 20 yards.
• Sophomore TB Boom Williams rushed 18 times for 95 yards.
o Williams has 1,037 rushing yards in his career and became the 35th player in UK history to rush for 1,000 yards in his career.
o Williams reached 1,000 yards in the 16th game of his career. Over the last 30 years, he is the second earliest Wildcat to reach 1,000, trailing only Moe Williams, who reached career yard 1,000 in his 13th game.
o With Boom Williams and Jojo Kemp reaching the 1,000-yard mark in career rushing this season, it marks the sixth time in school history that two Wildcats have reached 1,000 career yards in the same season – also Sonny Collins and Doug Kotar in 1973; Chris Hill and Rod Stewart in 1978; Mark Higgs and Marc Logan in 1985; Damon Hood and Moe Williams in 1994; and Derek Homer and Anthony White in 1998.
• Sophomore WR Garrett Johnson caught five passes and led UK with 74 receiving yards.
• Sophomore WR Dorian Baker led the Wildcats in catches with seven receptions for 56 yards.
• True freshman TE C.J. Conrad set career highs with six catches for 56 yards.
• True freshman cornerback Chris Westry intercepted a second-quarter bomb by Dak Prescott. It is his second interception of the season (also vs. South Carolina). It is the first time this season that Prescott has been intercepted.
• Sophomore Austin MacGinnis made 3 of 4 field goals, good from 44, season-long 48 and 31 yards.
o MacGinnis extended his successful streak to seven in a row before missing a 48-yarder in the second quarter.
o MacGinnis is 11-of-13 in 2015 and 32-of-40 in his career.
• Sophomore nose guard Matt Elam made his first career start.
• Seniors Landon Foster and Farrington Huguenin played in their team-leading 43rd career games.
• Junior center Jon Toth started his team-leading 30th consecutive game.