GAMEDAY: KENTUCKY vs. LSU

This AllWildcats.com feature gives you everything you need to know about the Kentucky Wildcats' matchup with the LSU Tigers on Saturday in Death Valley.

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KENTUCKY vs. LSU
When: Saturday, 7:30 ET
Where: Baton Rouge, La., Tiger Stadium (92,542)
TV: SEC Network

KENTUCKY WILDCATS:
Record: 5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference
Ranking: Not ranked (rv/rv)
Last game: W, vs. ULM 48-14
Coach: Mark Stoops (Iowa, 1989) 2nd Season at UK; 2nd season overall

LSU TIGERS:
Record: 5-2, 1-2 Southeastern Conference
Ranking: Not ranked (rv/rv)
Last game: W, at Florida 30-27
Coach: Les Miles (Michigan, 1976) 10th season at ULM; 14th season overall

SERIES RECORD:
Overall: LSU leads 39-16-1
In Baton Rouge: LSU leads 23-5-1
Last meeting: LSU 35-7 in Baton Rouge (Oct.1, 2011)

KENTUCKY SCHEDULE, RESULTS:
8/30 UT Martin [SEC Network] W, 59-14
9/6 Ohio [ESPNU] W, 20-3
9/13 at Florida* [SEC Network] L, 30-36 3OT
9/27 Vanderbilt* [SEC Network] W, 17-7
10/4 South Carolina* [SEC Network] W, 45-38
10/11 ULM [SEC Network] W, 48-14
10/18 at LSU* 7:30 ET [SEC Network]
10/25 Mississippi State* TBA
11/1 at Missouri* TBA
11/8 Georgia* TBA
11/15 at Tennessee* TBA
11/29 at Louisville TBA
All times ET; * SEC game

LSU SCHEDULE, RESULTS:
8/30 vs. Wisconsin W, 28-24
9/06 Sam Houston W, 56-0
9/13 ULM W, 31-0
9/20 Mississippi State* L, 29-34
9/27 New Mexico State W, 63-7
10/04 at Auburn* L, 41-7
10/11 at Florida* W, 30-27
10/18 vs. Kentucky* 7:30 p.m.
10/25 vs. Ole Miss* TBA
11/08 vs. Alabama* TBA
11/15 at Arkansas* TBA
11/27 at Texas A&M* 7:30 p.m.
All times ET; * SEC game

BIG BLUE KEYS TO THE GAME:
When Kentucky has the ball… The Cats must show the ability to sustain drives to keep LSU’s potent rushing attack on the sideline and ensure that the UK defense does not get worn down. The UK staff says it needs sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles to be more playmaker than game manager in this particular matchup, much like he did in the Cats’ game at Florida earlier this season. That will be no easy task against an LSU defense allowing only 19 points per game and only 157.7 passing yards on average. Junior linebacker Kwon Alexander (No. 4, 6-2, 227) may be the best player at his position the Cats have faced this season. He’s got a team-high 46 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles to his credit this season. Sophomore cornerback Tre’Davious White (No. 16, 5-11, 191) and sophomore safety Rickey Jefferson (No. 29, 6-0, 204) each have two interceptions this season as part of a strong LSU secondary.

When LSU has the ball… More than any game the Cats have played this season, it’s crucial that the UK defense plays well on first and second down. LSU will come at the Cats with a methodical power running game (209.1 yards per game) out of its traditional “pro-style” offense. There won’t be many spread formations or zone-read plays. Mark Stoops says the Tigers aren’t trying to trick you; they’re trying to pound you. Freshman Leonard Fournette (No. 7, 6-1, 230) was one of the nation’s elite recruits this year. He’s rushed for 504 yards and six touchdowns this season. The defensive line and linebackers will be key to UK’s hopes of pulling the upset. Could this be a breakout opportunity for freshman defensive tackle Matt Elam, who has been stringing together some nice plays in a reserve role of late? If the Cats can force LSU into third-and-long situations, the Tigers have not been as good when they are put in clear passing downs. Sophomore Anthony Jennings (No. 10, 6-2, 216) and freshman Brandon Harris (No. 6, 6-3, 188) have combined to complete only 52 percent of their passes. The UK defense has picked off 11 passes this season, including three returned for touchdowns.

MILESTONE WATCH:
Senior wide receivers Demarco Robinson and Javess Blue have 781 and 811 career receiving yards, respectively. They hope to become the 23rd and 24th players in school history with 1,000-plus receiving yards.

ON THIS DAY IN UK HISTORY:
Today marks the 19th time in program history that Kentucky has played on October 18th with the Wildcats holding a 10-8 record all-time in games played on this date. On Oct. 18, 1997, Tim Couch tossed six touchdown passes against Northeast Louisiana, which is tied for the second-most TD passes thrown in a game in UK history.

NOTES:
• The Wildcats are off to a 5-1 start to the season, their best since 2007 and only the seventh time since 1950 that UK has won five of its first six games.

• UK is receiving votes in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Top 25 for the second consecutive week. It is the first time UK has received votes in both polls back-to-back weeks since Oct. 12-Oct. 19, 2008.

• Current LSU special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto spent last season in Lexington as the Wildcats’ special teams coordinator/safeties coach. Peveto coached with UK head coach Mark Stoops and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot at Houston in the early 2000s as well.

• Kentucky does not have a player on its 2014 roster from the state of Louisiana, and LSU does not have a player on its 2014 roster from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


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