GAMEDAY: UK vs. Miami (Ohio)

KentuckyScout gets you prepared for the home opener with everything you need to know about Saturday's matchup between the Wildcats and the Redhawks.

Kentucky vs. Miami (Ohio)
Saturday, Noon ET
Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY.

Play-by-Play Pete Pranica
Analyst Ovie Mughelli

Play-by-Play Tom Leach
Analyst Jeff Piecoro
Sideline Dick Gabriel

Channel TBA - Sirius
Channel TBA - XM

Record: 0-1, 0-0 Southeastern Conference
Ranking: Not ranked
Last game: L, 35-26 vs. WKU (Nashville, Tenn.)
Coach: Mark Stoops (Iowa, 1989)
Record: 0-1 (First season)
at UK: 0-1 (First season)
vs. MU: 0-0

Record: 0-1, 0-0 Mid-American Conference
Ranking: Not ranked
Last game: L, 52-14 at Marshall
Coach: Don Treadwell (Miami (Ohio), 1982)
Record: 8-16 (Third season)
at MU: 8-16 (Third season)
vs. UK: 0-0

Series Record vs. Miami (Ohio):
Overall: UK leads series 7-4-1
in Lexington: UK leads series 5-3-1
Last Meeting: UK def. Miami (Ohio) 42-0 at
Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati

8/31 vs. WKU [ESPNews] (Nashville, Tenn.) L, 26-35
9/7 Miami (Ohio) [Fox South] Noon
9/14 Louisville [ESPN] Noon
9/28 Florida* TBA
10/5 at South Carolina* TBA
10/12 Alabama* TBA
10/24 at Mississippi State* [ESPN] 7:30 p.m.
11/2 Alabama State TBA
11/9 Missouri* TBA
11/16 at Vanderbilt* TBA
11/23 at Georgia* TBA
11/30 Tennessee* TBA

Note: all times Eastern and subject to change
* SEC game

8/31 at Marshall L, 14-52
9/7 at Kentucky Noon
9/21 Cincinnati TBA
9/28 at Illinois TBA
10/5 Central Michigan* 1 p.m.
10/12 at Massachusetts* 3 p.m.
10/19 Akron* 1 p.m.
10/26 at Ohio* 2 p.m.
11/5 Bowling Green* 8 p.m.
11/13 at Kent State* 8 p.m.
11/19 Buffalo* 8 p.m.
11/29 at Ball State* TBA

* MAC game

When Kentucky has the ball… The Wildcats did some good things last week in the opener, although they were overshadowed by the disappointing outcome. UK posted 419 yards of total offense and 26 points against the Hilltoppers, numbers that dwarfed their typical output from a nightmarish 2012 season. But many fans were confused in the aftermath because UK didn't throw the ball as often as they expected in "Air Raid 2.0" under Neal Brown. That could change Saturday with Maxwell Smith getting the starting nod at quarterback against a Miami defense that surrendered 287 yards and five touchdowns through the air last week in a 52-14 loss to Marshall. But don't expect the Cats to stray too far from a running game that, for now, remains the strength of the team.

When Miami has the ball… The Redhawks struggled in their opener, managing only 239 total yards against the Thundering Herd. No Miami player rushed for more than 27 yards. Quarterback Austin Boucher completed only 10 of 22 passes for 165 yards and threw an interception. He also had a team-high 11 carries, but netted only eight yards rushing. Miami will mix in some option, so the Wildcats must play much better assignment football than they did last week against WKU. Keep an eye on outside linebacker TraVaughn Paschal, who is in line to earn the first start of his UK career. The junior from Maryland was moved from end to linebacker this week in order to help the Cats improve against the run after giving up 216 yards to the Hilltoppers.

Senior running back Raymond Sanders can move into 25th place on UK's all-time rushing list with 75 yards… Senior running back Jonathan George needs 251 yards to become the 34th member of the Wildcats' 1,000-yard club… Sophomore punter Landon Foster qualifies for UK's career punting records with eight more punts. His career average of 42.59 would rank second all-time in school history… Junior defensive end Bud Dupree has nine career sacks, needing eight more to tie for fourth most on UK's all-time list.

• UK has played only three times on Sept. 7, holding a 2-1 record. One of those was a 23-20 win over Miami (Ohio) in 1991.

• In 2002, UK rolled to a 77-17 win over UTEP. It marked the second-highest scoring game ever for the Wildcats.

• The Wildcats' lone loss on this date came in 1996 when UK fell to Cincinnati 24-3 in the Queen City.

• The Wildcats are entering their 41st season at Commonwealth Stadium, holding a 136-116-4 all-time record. UK is 93-23-6 all-time in home openers.

• UK had 11 first-time starters, including six freshmen, in the season opener last weekend against Western Kentucky.

• Junior wide receiver Demarco Robinson had 197 all-purpose yards and his first career touchdown reception in Game 1. He ranks first in the SEC in punt return yardage at 27 yards per return.

• Senior linebacker Avery Williamson currently leads all SEC players with 14 tackles after his strong game vs. WKU. He now has nine double-digit tackles games in his career including five of his last six games.

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