GAMEDAY: Throwback Saturday; Cats take on Ohio

Kentucky and Ohio square off tonight at 7 o'clock eastern standard time. Stay tuned to <i>Inside Kentucky</i> for a full post game report from Commonwealth Stadium Stadium ...<br><br><b> <center>(<a target=new href=http://live.ukathletics.com/2004/football/game02/>Live Stats</a> ... <a href=http://kentucky.theinsiders.com/2/301365.html>Game Preview</a>)</b>

OHIO BOBCATS at KENTUCKY WILDCATS
7 p.m. ET * Lexington, Ky. * Commonwealth Stadium (67,606)
LIVE TELEVISION: None

OHIO (2-2, 1-1 MAC)
Head Coach: Brian Knorr (Air Force Academy, '86)
Overall/Yrs: 9-30 (.231) / 4th Season
OU/Yrs: 9-30 (.231) / 4th Season
2004 Schedule: 9/4-VMI (W, 42-14); 9/11-at Pittsburgh (L, 3-24); 9/18-at Miami, Ohio (L, 20-40); 9/25-BUFFALO (W, 34-0); 10/2-at Kentucky; 10/9-MARSHALL; 10/16-at Toledo; 10/23-BOWLING GREEN; 10/30-at Kent State; 11/6-at Central Florida; 11/13-AKRON.
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - One-Back * Defense - 3-4
Internet Web Address: www.ohiobobcats.com

Key Players

LB Dennis Chukwuemeka (5-11, 239, Sr., Huntington, W.Va.)
Second on team with 26 total tackles (22 solos) ... Also has a sack (-5) ... Led team with 100 tackles last season despite missing last two games with knee injury ... Has 208 career tackles ... Last season, had season-high 14 stops in two games (SEMO and Kent State).

QB Ryan Hawk (6-2, 200, Sr., Centerville, Ohio)
Has completed 66-of-123 passes for 837 yards wit h 7 TDs and 2 INTs in 2004 ... Played in 11 games last season, starting the last four ... Threw for 253 yards against Miami (Ohio) earlier this season, the most by a Bobcat QB since 1993 ... After four games has more pass attempts than any Ohio QB since 1995.

SS Rob Stover (6-0, 201, Sr., Galena, Ohio)
Fourth on team with 21 total tackles (18 solos) ... Has 3 TFLs (-12) and a sack (-7) ... Second on squad last year with 92 tackles (57 solos) ... Led team with 14 TFLs (-65) and tied for team lead with four sacks (-27) in 2003 ... Has 171 career tackles.

OT Dennis Thompson (6-4, 307, Sr., Tallmadge, Ohio)
Played in all 12 games in 2003, leading team in plays, knockdowns and pancakes ... Came back after broken leg suffered early in 2002 season that saw him remainder of that season ... Had played in 22 games and started in 15 during the 2000-01 seasons.

TEAM NOTES

After four games, Ohio has run 148 running plays (52.3 percent) and 135 passing plays (47.7 percent).

KENTUCKY (1-2, 0-1 SEC) Head Coach: Rich Brooks (Oregon State, '63)
Overall/Yrs: 96-119-4 (.447) / 20th Season
OU/Yrs: 5-10 (.333) / 2nd Season
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Multiple Sets * Defense - 3-4
Internet Web Address: www.ukathletics.com

Key Players

SS Mike Williams (5-11, 186, Sr., Tallahassee, Fla.)
Has 13 tackles this season (8 solos) ... Had 7 tackles, with one for loss, last week against Florida ... Recorded 98 total tackles in 2003, leading all Wildcat defensive backs ... Played in all 12 games, starting 11, last season ... Had at least six tackles in every game last season with a career-best 11 stops at Alabama and Georgia ... Had 6.5 TFLs, including 3.5 sacks, last season.

DE Sweet Pea Burns (6-2, 264, Sr., Lake Park, Ga.)
First-team All-SEC in 2003 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Mobile Register ... Second-team All-SEC in 2002 ... Led SEC in TFLs in 2003 with 18.0 (-62 yards) ... Named team's outstanding defensive player by UK coaching staff in 2003 ... Recorded 72 tackles last season, most by a UK defensive lineman since 1991 ... Had first career interception this season against Indiana.

OG Jason Rollins (6-5, 285, Sr., Mt. Vernon, Ohio)
Named UK Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2003 by coaching staff ... Three-year starter at left offensive guard ... Has played in 34 games in his career, starting 32.

QB Shane Boyd (6-2, 228, Sr., Lexington, Ky.)
Has completed 52-of-99 passes this season for 511 yards with 2 TDs and 3 INTs ... Has started ninecareer games and played in 29 overall in his four-year career ... Has also rushed for 175 yards this season, 11th in the SEC ... Has 2,390 career total offensive yards ... Against Indiana, completed 21-of-30 passes for 205 yards with 2 TDs and 0 INTs and rushed for 130 yards on 17 carries and 2 TDs.

TEAM NOTES

Kentucky has lost just three fumbles in its first three games in 2004.

SERIES/GAME NOTES Record: UK, 3-1 * Last: UK, 35-14 (10/18/2003 at Lexington)

Teams have met only four times previously with all meetings taking place in Lexington ... The Wildcats have won the series' last two games, 35-14 last season, and 28-0, in 1987 ... Ohio took a 35-6 decision in 1971 ... Kentucky won the series' first game, 12-0, in 1910 ... Kentucky is 9-4 in its last 13 non-conference games ... Since 2000, the Wildcats are 9-2 in non-conference home games ... Kentucky is 27-6-1 against current members of the Mid-American Conference (5-0 vs. Kent, 6-0 vs. Marshall, 6-4-1 vs. Miami, Ohio, 3-1 vs. Ohio, 1-0 vs. Ball State, 2-1 vs. Bowling Green, 4-0 vs. Central Michigan) ... In last season's game, Kentucky QB Shane Boyd threw for a TD, caught a TD and ran for two more in a 35-14 Wildcat win ... Teams were tied, 7-7, at half and Kentucky outscored Ohio, 28-7, in the second half.


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