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Highlights and postgame notes from Kentucky Football's win over UL-Lafayette

The Kentucky Wildcats are 1-0 after their thrilling 40-33 win over Lousiana-Lafayette.

Re-live the best moments from the game thanks to the guys at Kentucky Wildcats TV:

And here are the postgame notes and numbers, courtesy of UK Athletics:

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 1-0, UL Lafayette is 0-1.
  • This was the first meeting between the two teams.
  • UK has a 6-1 all-time record against teams that currently comprise the Sun Belt Conference.
  • The Wildcats are 4-1 all-time on Sept. 5.
  • Kentucky has an 85-35-5 all-time record in season openers and a 72-15-4 record in season openers at home.
  • Kentucky will return to action at South Carolina in its league lidlifter, with kickoffon Saturday in Columbia, S.C., slated for 7:30 p.m. ET, with the game airing live on SEC Network.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky's game captains were Josh ForrestMelvin LewisPatrick Towles andA.J. Stamps.
  • Four freshmen made starts in their first collegiate games, including RT Georgia Asafo-Adjei, TE C.J. Conrad, DE/LB Denzil Ware and CB Chris Westry.
    • UK started three true freshmen for the first time since 2000 (Ware a redshirt freshman).
  • UK scored its first game-opening TD since a 99-yard drive vs. Vanderbilt in 2014.
    • UK's 99-yard scoring drive in the first quarter was its longest since that drive vs. Vanderbilt.
  • UK's touchdown on the first UK play of the game from scrimmage marked its first since Andre Woodson found Dicky Lyons Jr. for a 51-yard TD pass in 2007 vs. Eastern Kentucky.
  • Fourteen UK freshmen saw their first collegiate action, including Asafo-Adjei, Conrad, Ware, Westry, LB Josh Allen, DB Derrick Baity, DE Tymere Dubose, DBMike Edwards, LB Nico Firios, RB Sihiem King, LB Jordan Jones, DE Adrian Middleton, WR Thaddeus Snodgrass and DB Darius West.
  • Three of Kentucky's touchdowns went for 35-plus yards. It's the first time a UK offense has done that since Sept. 7, 2013 vs. Miami (Ohio).
  • UK held a 4-1 margin in turnovers, totaling 10 points off takeaways.
  • UK charted a pair of 90-plus yard drives in the first quarter.
  • Kentucky was 3-for-3 in its redzone attempts and has now scored in 12 consecutive redzone possessions.
  • UK finished with 435 total yards of offense, its best offensive output since going for 504 yards vs. No. 1 Mississippi State in 2014.
    • UK's 257 yards passing marks its best passing game since going for 401 yards vs. MSU in 2014.

Individual Notes

  • Senior LB Josh Forrest led the team with 15 tackles, his sixth career double-digit tackle effort, defending a career-high three passes and notching a game-clinching interception as time expired.
    • Forrest recorded his second career sack and has 10.5 tackles for a loss in his career.
    • Forrest has double-digit tackles in two of last three games and in six of his last 11 games.
    • Forrest recorded his fourth career interception.
  • Junior QB Patrick Towles made his 13th career start.
    • Towles threw his 16th, 17th and 18th career touchdown passes, and has thrown at least one TD in 10 of his 13 starts.
      • Towles tied his career high with three TD passes.
    • UK is 6-7 in his starts.
    • Towles completed 16-of-34 passes for 257 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
    • Towles has four games in his career with at least 250 yards passing.
  • Sophomore RB Boom Williams ripped a career long 75-yard touchdown rush on UK's first play from scrimmage.
    • Williams finished with 10 rushes for a career-high 135 yards, his third career 100-yard game, and one touchdown.
    • Last UK player with a 100-yard rushing game was Williams vs. Louisville in 2014.
      • Last time UK had a player rush for at least 100 yards in consecutive games was Derrick Locke in 2010, totaling four consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
  • Senior LB Khalid Henderson totaled his first career quarterback hurry, charting eight tackles.
    • Henderson notched his second career sack.
  • Sophomore kicker Austin MacGinnis connected on a 44-yard field goal late in the first half and a 24-yard attempt in the third quarter.
    • MacGinnis made a school-record 11 consecutive field-goal attempts, dating back to 2014, passing Taylor Begley (2005), before a misfire in the second half.
    • MacGinnis has made multiple field goals in three consecutive games.
    • MacGinnis opened his career with 44 consecutive PAT before missing an attempt in the third quarter.
    • MacGinnis is 23-for-29 on field-goal attempts in his career.
      • MacGinnis ranks third in UK history, connecting on 79 percent of his kicks. 
  • Sophomore RB Mikel Horton rushed for his third career touchdown, the go-ahead score with 57 seconds left in regulation.
    • Horton rushed six times for 28 yards, including the 12-yard TD rush.
  • Senior punter Landon Foster punted four times for a 45.5 yard average, including one over 50 yards.
    • Foster has 40 career punts of at least 50 yards.
    • In his career, Foster has punted 199 times, for a 42.29 yard average, the third-best average in UK history.
  • Sophomore WR Garrett Johnson notched his third career TD catch, a 35-yard snag.
    • Johnson led UK with five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.
  • Junior DB J.D. Harmon forced his third career fumble and intercepted his third career pass, adding six tackles.
    • Harmon returned a kickoff 60 yards in the third quarter, the longest of his career and the longest for UK since Williams had a 75-yard return vs. UL Monroe in 2014.
  • TE C.J. Conrad is the first freshman to start at tight end since Jordan Aumiller in 2010.
  • Junior FB Will Thomas Collins made his first career start.
  • Senior P Landon Foster, senior LB Khalid Henderson and senior DE Farrington Huguenin played in their team-leading 37th career games.
  • Senior LG Zach West made his team-leading 31st career start.
  • Junior S Marcus McWilson recorded his first career QB hurry.
  • Junior WR Ryan Timmons hauled in a 37-yard pass and returned a punt for 16 yards.
  • Freshman DE/LB Denzil Ware totaled seven tackles in his collegiate debut.
  • Senior CB Cody Quinn recovered his first career fumble.
  • Sophomore WR Blake Bone nabbed his third career touchdown catch of his career.
  • Sophomore WR Dorian Baker notched three catches for 50 yards.
  • Sophomore WR Jeff Badet caught his second career touchdown.
  • Senior snapper Kelly Mason recovered his first career fumble.
  • Senior S A.J. Stamps broke up his sixth career pass.
  • Senior DT Melvin Lewis tied his career high with nine tackles.
  • In the fourth quarter, senior DL Farrington Huguenin broke up his second career pass.