Last night’s 24-17 victory at Southern Miss was a milestone win for the Kentucky football program.
The win was No. 600 overall for the program.
Here is that and other team notes from last night’s game:
Team Records and Series Notes
– This was the season opener for both teams.
– Kentucky leads the series 3-1. This was the first time the teams had played in Hattiesburg.
– Kentucky will return to action Sat. Sept. 9 with the home opener vs. Eastern Kentucky. Game time is noon and it will be televised on the SEC Network and broadcast on the UK Sports Radio Network.
– This was the 600th win in Kentucky football history.
– The win moved Kentucky to an 8-4 record over the last 12 games, including the third road win in that stretch (also last season at Missouri and Louisville).
– UK is now 12-6 in non-conference games under Coach Mark Stoops.
– UK is 16-1 under Stoops when leading after three quarters.
– UK limited Southern Miss to 55 net rushing yards. It is the fewest since holding Vanderbilt to 54 rushing yards in 2014.
– It was the fewest rushing yards UK had allowed in a season opener since keeping Louisville to 53 in 2008.
– UK limited Southern Miss to 1.4 yards per rushing attempt, best since Samford averaged -0.1 yards per rush in 2012.
– UK had several excellent facets in special teams.
– Matt Panton averaged 42 yards per punt, including five inside the 20-yard line, two of which were – downed at the one-yard line.
– Austin MacGinnis’ placement of kickoffs, and the subsequent coverage, was outstanding.
– Between the kicking and tenacious kick coverage, USM’s average starting yard line for the game was its own 17-yard line.
– MacGinnis made his only field goal attempt and all three extra points.
– Sihiem King’s 46-yard kickoff return (also drawing a desperation 15-yard facemask penalty) set up a touchdown drive that only needed to go 37 yards.
– UK has had an offensive play of at least 50 yards in each of the five season openers under Coach Mark Stoops.