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Postgame notes, milestones, Mark Stoops interview from UK's win over Missouri

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Following UK's win over the Missouri Tigers, here are the postgame comments from Mark Stoops, courtesy of Kentucky.com:

And here are the postgame notes and milestones from the win, courtesy of UK Athletics.

  • Team Records and Series Notes
  • Kentucky is 3-1, 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Missouri is 3-1, 0-1 in the SEC.
  • The series is tied 3-3 all-time, with Kentucky leading the series in Lexington, 2-1.
  • The UK win snapped a three-game winning streak in the series for Mizzou, since joining the SEC (2012).
  • UK is 2-1 in SEC play for the second consecutive season.
  • Counting a forfeit vs. Mississippi State in 1976, it marks the first time UK has opened SEC play at 2-1 in consecutive seasons since 1976-77.
  • Without the forfeit in 1976, it marks the first time UK has opened up 2-1 in consecutive seasons since 1949-50.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky is 38-195-5 all-time vs. ranked foes.
    • UK's win over a top-25 foe was its first in its last 19 tries.
    • UK's last win over a top-25 opponent was vs. No. 10 South Carolina in 2010.
    • The win marked the first over a top-25 foe in the Mark Stoops era.
    • This marks the 20th different season for UK to beat a ranked foe.
  • Kentucky's win over the two-time defending SEC Eastern Division Champion marked its first win over a defending Eastern Division Champ since 2006 vs. Georgia.
  • UK's defense held Mizzou to 13 points, the fewest points allowed by UK against a ranked foe since 1993 vs. Ole Miss.
  • UK is 7-0 in the Mark Stoops era when leading at the end of the third quarter, including 3-0 in 2015.
  • UK is now 3-1 for the second consecutive season, a first for UK since 2007-08.
  • UK is 2-1 in SEC play for the second consecutive season.
    • Counting a forfeit vs. Mississippi State in 1976, it marks the first time UK has opened SEC play at 2-1 in consecutive seasons since 1976-77.
    • Without the forfeit in 1976, it marks the first time UK has opened up 2-1 in consecutive seasons since 1949-50.
  • For the first time since a 2007 win over No. 1 LSU, Kentucky's quarterback had at least two TD passes and one rushing score in a win over a top-25 foe.
    • Andre Woodson threw for three TDs and rushed for one vs. LSU in 2007.
  • The Wildcats have converted on 23 consecutive red-zone opportunities, dating back to Oct. 25, 2014 in the Mississippi State game.
  • UK had a tight end catch a touchdown pass for the first time since Steven Borden in 2013.
  • The Wildcats are 9-8 at Commonwealth Stadium in the Stoops era, including 2-1 in 2015.
  • UK's game captains were Melvin LewisA.J. StampsPatrick Towlesand Jordan Swindle for the second consecutive game.

Individual Notes

  • Junior QB Patrick Towles was 22-for-27 for 249 yards and two TDs.
    • Towles now has 3,775 passing yards in his career, ranking eighth in UK history.
    • Towles is the ninth player in Kentucky history to chart 300+ completions in their careers.
      • Towles has completed 311 passes in his career.
        • Towles is two completions away from tyingDusty Bonner for ninth in UK history.
    • Towles rushed for his second TD of the year and the eighth of his career.
      • He rushed nine times for 21 yards.
    • Towles connected on his fifth and sixth TD passes of the year and has 20 in his career. 
      • Towles is the 11th quarterback in UK history with at least 20 career TD passes.
      • He is one TD pass away from equaling Maxwell Smithfor 10th in UK history.
    • Towles completed 11 consecutive passes, before a drop in the third quarter.
  • Junior RB Jojo Kemp led UK with 13 rushes for 66 yards, including a 17-yard rush.
    • Kemp now has 1,005 rushing yards in his career, becoming the 34th player in program history to rush for over 1,000 yards in their career.
    • Kemp is seven yards from Terry Samuels for 33rd in his UK career history.
  • Senior DT Cory Johnson had a career-high 11 tackles.
    • Johnson recorded a sack, and now has three sacks in his two-year career.
  • Sophomore WR Garrett Johnson led UK with a career-high tying six catches for 119 yards.
    • Johnson is the first UK player with 100 yards receiving sinceJavess Blue had 131 yards vs. Tennessee in 2014.
  • Senior LB Josh Forrest had nine tackles, including half a sack and a tackle for a loss.
    • Forrest now has 2.5 sacks and 178 tackles in his career.
  • Freshman TE C.J. Conrad made his first career catches, finishing with three receptions for 55 yards and one touchdown.
    • Conrad is the first TE to catch a pass for UK since Steven Borden vs. Louisville in 2014.
  • Sophomore WR Dorian Baker caught five passes for 51 yards, including his first TD pass of the year and the second of his career.
  • Senior Landon Foster punted five times for a 42.8 yard average, including two punts inside the 20 and two punts over 50 yards.
    • Foster now has 42 career punts of at least 50 yards.
    • Foster has 60 career punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
  • Freshman DE/LB Denzil Ware recorded his first career sack.
    • Ware had five tackles, including a sack and two tackles for a loss.
    • Ware notched his second career QB hurry.
  • Junior DE/LB Jason Hatcher made a career-high eight tackles, had a pass break-up and a QB hurry, also notching half a tackle for a loss.
    • Hatcher has five QB hurries in his career.
    • Hatcher broke up his first career pass.
  • In his first game of the year, senior LB Ryan Flannigan totaled eight tackles, had two pass break-ups and his first career QB hurry.
    • Flannigan has three pass break-ups in his two-year career.
  • Sophomore kicker Austin MacGinnis did not make a field goal for the first time in his career, a span of 15 games.
  • Freshman RB Sihiem King returned two kickoffs for 77 yards, including a career-long 48 yards.
  • Freshman CB Chris Westry had five tackles and his second career pass break-up.
  • Junior S Marcus McWilson finished with three tackles.
    • McWilson has two pass break-ups in his career, including one in 2015.
  • Seniors Landon FosterKhalid Henderson and Farrington Hugueninplayed in their team-leading 40th career games.
  • Junior C Jon Toth made his team-leading 27th consecutive start.