Numbers To Know: UK vs. Miami OH

09/08/2013 06:03 PM

675 The Kentucky Wildcats offense went crazy on Saturday against Miami OH. The 675 total yards was third in school history. Head coach Mark Stoops said after the game that that is a good sign of progress, especially with the great Wildcat offenses of the past. Starting quarterback Maxwell Smith didn’t want to come in third. He said if he had played better, maybe they would have broken the school record.

310 Keep in mind, Maxwell Smith’s stat line is nothing to scoff at. He completed 65 percent of his passes, racking up a total of 310 yards in the air. He passed for three huge touchdowns literally. Smith threw touchdown passes of 48 yards, 88 yards and 56 yards. If he keeps that shoulder healthy and that arm firing, the Cats could put up touchdowns quickly.

88 The most impressive of those Smith touchdown passes was the 88-yard score. The previous drive, Kentucky defense held the Redhawks to three and out, but sophomore wide receiver Daryl Collins fumbled the punt at the six yard line. Miami OH recovered and ran it in for an easy touchdown. When the Cats got the ball back, UK was flagged for three quick penalties that backed them up to their own 12 yard line. That’s when Smith connected with junior wide receiver Javess Blue for an 88-yard touchdown. In a situation where mistakes stacked up and the Cats could easily have given up, the Kentucky offense made a huge play that turned the momentum back UK’s way.

0 Finally, I can’t forget the defense, who didn’t allow a single point on the scoreboard. Aside from the special teams fumble, Kentucky did not let Miami OH close enough to the end zone to score. Nice turnaround after giving up 487 yards and five touchdowns to Western Kentucky last week.

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