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My gosh, what a great season. Heading into the season the fan base was guessing anywhere from 5 – 7 to 7 – 5. Thankfully, we hit the jackpot. For years Stoops has put his head down and worked his ass off to get the program on the uptick and along the way told anyone that would listen the difference between winning and losing was incredibly small.

As I looked through the season stats I was struck by the truth of that sentiment. With only a handful of plays UK's record could easily be anywhere from 4 – 8 to 8 – 4. On a seasonal basis, Kentucky was a hair's width better than the competition, that we finished 7 – 5 is a testament to the heart of the team and breaks that finally went in UK's favor.

As we know, numbers can be made to make any statement but just for kicks take a look at some of the stat categories below and how even the season played out between UK and its foes. Some categories are pretty significant, some are not.

Category

Kentucky

Opponents

Difference

Touchdowns

47

47

0.0%

Field Goals

15

15

0.0%

Points/Game

31

31.2

<1%>

Total Points

372

374

<1%>

Punts

57

57

0.0%

Number of Kickoffs

72

72

0.0%

Kickoff Yards

4424

4436

<1%>

All Purpose Yards

6249

6383

2%

Time of Possession

30:02

29:58

<1%>

Offense Avg/Game (yds)

428.2

439.5

2.5%

Sacks (Yards)

21 (171)

26 (176)

19% (2.8%)

What does it all mean? I have no idea, I'm just a sucker for numbers.