Kentucky defeated Chattanooga on Saturday to move to 3-0 on the season, the third time Mark Stoops has done so in his coaching career. UK Athletics put out some interesting statistics, which I have compiled below.
Kentucky has returned to .500 overall all-time, for the first time since 2012, with an all-time mark of 632-632-44.
Kentucky has won 13 consecutive non-conference games, the third-longest active streak in the nation.
It is UK’s longest non-conference win streak since 2006-09 when the Wildcats won 18 in a row.
Since 2016, UK is 17-7 in games decided by seven points or less. UK has won its last four in a row in this category, including 2-0 this season.
The last time UK won back-to-back games by seven points or less was 2018 with close victories over Vanderbilt and Missouri.
Since 1953, UK has won 23 games in a row against teams currently in the Football Championship Subdivision. The FCS was created as Division I-AA in 1978, changing the name to FCS in 2006. UK began playing teams in Division I-AA/FCS in 1998 and is 19-0 since that time.
UK has scored 28 points in each of the first three games for the first time since 2007.
Coach Stoops is in his ninth season as head coach of the Wildcats, tying Fran Curci (1973-81) for most seasons as head coach at UK.
Stoops holds UK records for games coached (102) and most home wins by a head coach (38).
This was Stoops’ 52nd win as UK head coach. Paul “Bear” Bryant holds the school record with 60 victories.
Stoops is now 52-50 at Kentucky. After two games of the 2016 season, his record was 12-26 but has gone 40-24 (.625) since.
With starting lineups available since 1993, Will Levis is the third quarterback since that time to win his first three starts – also Terry Wilson (2018) and Mike Hartline (2008).
He has seven touchdown passes this season, most for a UK quarterback in their first three starts at UK since Jared Lorenzen had eight TD tosses in his first three starts in 2000.
Chris Rodriguez now has 1,739 career rushing yards, moving past Rodger Bird and Jojo Kemp into 14th place in school history.
Wan'Dale Robinson is the first Wildcat to have three-straight 100-yard receiving games since Derek Abney in 2001.
He is the first Wildcat to have three-straight 100-yard receiving games to begin a season.
It is the fifth 100-yard game of his collegiate career, including two at Nebraska.
Josh Ali had an 11-yard rushing touchdown on the game’s first possession versus Chattanooga. It is his first collegiate rushing TD.
He has 102 career receptions and became the 18th player in school to history to catch at least 100 passes.
He has 1,065 career receiving yards, moving past C.J. Conrad, Demarco Robinson and Derek Homer for 28th place on the UK career yardage list.
Senior safety Tyrell Ajian had a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
It is his first collegiate score and the fourth interception of his career.
It ties for the third-longest interception return in school history and the longest since David Johnson’s 95-yard TD return at Cincinnati in 1986.
It is the longest UK interception return in Commonwealth Stadium/Kroger Field history.
Senior safety Yusuf Corker had six tackles and tied his career best for pass breakups with two.
I'm a stat junkie, and this list of about 25 up-to-date stats had me extremely happy. Go Cats.