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Kentucky Wildcats vs Ole Miss Rebels Primer, Stats, Facts and Connections

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Everything you need to know for Kentucky’s SEC showdown against Ole Miss.

Jeremy Chisenhall

When was the last time Kentucky was favored in back-to-back SEC matchups? That’s the case this week as they take on Ole Miss, a 3-5 team that blew a 31-7 first half lead last week against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Meanwhile, Kentucky is coming off just their second win over Tennessee in over three decades. That win was thanks to Benny Snell’s 180 rushing yards and three touchdowns, as well as Stephen Johnson’s game-winning touchdown run that launched him into UK lore.

Kentucky Wildcats

  • Kentucky has won 13 of its last 18 regular season games.
  • Four of Kentucky’s six wins this season have been decided by seven points or less.
  • Kentucky’s win over Tennessee made them bowl eligible for the second year in a row.
  • Kentucky now ranks 37th in the nation in rushing defense.
  • Benny Snell’s 180 rushing yards are the most ever by a UK player against Tennessee.
  • Snell is 188 yards away from 2,000 career rushing yards.
  • Snell is up to fourth in the SEC in rushing yards per game with 90.2 YPG.
  • Garrett Johnson’s consecutive games with a reception streak has been snapped after going catch-less against Tennessee.
  • Johnson is still fourth on UK’s all-time receiving yards list, and sixth on UK’s all-time receptions list.
  • Stephen Johnson had nearly 40 more rushing yards than passing yards in UK’s win over Tennessee. He had 84 rushing yards and 46 passing yards.
  • Lynn Bowden had a passer rating of 100.00 after going 1/1 for 36 yards passing last week.
  • Kentucky leads the series against Ole Miss in Lexington, as they have an 11-9-1 record.
  • Kentucky is leading the nation in punt return yardage, averaging 20.8 yards per return.
  • A win would give UK a 7-2 record, their best start since the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl team.
  • A win would also give Kentucky three straight home wins over Ole Miss for the first time ever.

Ole Miss Rebels

  • Ole Miss enters this week 3-5 (1-4 SEC).
  • Ole Miss leads the all-time series against UK, 27-14-1.
  • Head coach Matt Luke has been the head coach of Ole Miss since just July of 2017. He’s a former player for the Rebels.
  • Ole Miss’ explosive offense averages 31.5 points per game.
  • Ole Miss’ passing game is first in the SEC. They average 338.1 passing YPG.
  • Jordan Ta’amu will be Ole Miss’ starting quarterback following Shea Patterson’s season-ending shoulder injury.
  • Senior defensive end Marquis Haynes leads the team in sacks and holds Ole Miss’ all-time sack record.
  • Senior linebacker DeMarquis Gates leads the team in tackles with 72 (26 solo).
  • Sophomore wide receiver A.J. Brown leads the SEC in receiving yards.
  • Browns holds the school record for receiving yards in a game (223).

Team connections

  • Kentucky’s Bunchy Stallings is a Mississippi native.
  • Both teams have an Australian punter: Kentucky’s Matt Panton and Ole Miss’ Will Gleeson.
  • Ole Miss defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff was a position group coach at Kentucky from 2001-2002.
  • Ole Miss linebackers/special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto also coached at Kentucky, as the special teams coordinator and secondary coach in 2013.
  • Eddie Gran was the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Ole Miss from 1995-1998.