The Kentucky Wildcats are 4-0 after a 28-7 win over the 14th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs.
This was one of the most memorable nights in the history of Commonwealth Stadium/Kroger Field, as the Cats thoroughly dismantled a top-15 team like we’ve not seen anywhere this year.
Kentucky is for real, and this was a real beatdown. Here are 21 stats that only begin to tell the story of this domination.
0: Kentucky tied Mississippi State in turnover margin, the second time Kentucky has done so this season, and both were wins over top-25 teams.
1: The number of interceptions Tyrell Ajian has in his career, which came tonight with Kentucky up just 14-7 late in the game.
2.0: The yards per carry average of Mississippi State runners.
3: The number of times Mississippi State crossed midfield (Kentucky had one turnover that allowed the Bulldogs to being in Kentucky territory.
4: Snell accounted for four touchdowns in a game that had just five scores.
5: The number of September losses Kentucky has over the last five seasons.
6: The number of tackles Josh Allen made, which included a sack, two tackles for loss and a number of QB hurries.
13: The number of second-half points Kentucky has allowed this season, including zero to Mississippi State.
14: The number of rushing yards by Kylin Hill, who ran for 211 yards at Kansas State in Week 2.
20: The number of rushing yards by nick Fitzgerald, his lowest mark in a full game since a 51-3 loss to Alabama in November of 2016.
21: This was the largest margin of victory (21 points) over a ranked opponent since a 21-0 win over Ole Miss in 1993.
23: CJ Conrad caught a 23-yard pass to put Kentucky in the red zone. It was his longest reception since a win at Vanderbilt last season.
28: The number of consecutive points scored by Kentucky against the 14th-ranked Bulldogs.
39: Snell also set the UK career touchdown record with 39 TDs, surpassing Randall Cobb’s previous mark of 37.
41: The number of years since Kentucky was last 2-0 in the SEC.
47: The number of rushing yards backup AJ Rose ran for, almost as much as Mississippi State ran for as a team.
56: The number of rushing yards Mississippi State was held to against Kentucky after averaging 300 per game.
59: The point differential from last year’s 45-7 Mississippi State win to Kentucky’s 28-7 win this year. A 38-point loss in 2017 became a 21-point win in 2018.
99: Kentucky outgained Mississippi State by 99 yards in a game where the Wildcats had just 300 yards of total offense.
139: Number of penalty yards Mississippi State committed, so they gave aways almost as many yards as they gained as a team.
165: Rushing yards by Benny Snell, about 2⁄3 of what Kentucky ran for as a team (229) and more than half of the total offense (301).