Week 7: ULM at Kentucky

Notes surrounding the Kentucky - ULM game tonight at Commonwealth Stadium.

Kentucky vs University of Louisiana at Monroe

Record:3-3, 1-3 SEC
Ranking: Not ranked
Last game:W, Auburn, 21-14 (A)
Coach:Rich Brooks (Oregon St., 1963)
Record:126-153-4 (25th season)
at UK:35-44 (7th season)
vs. ULM:1-0

Record:4-2, 3-0 Sun Belt
Ranking:Not ranked
Last game:W, Arkansas State, 16-10 (H)
Coach:Charlie Weatherbie (Oklahoma St., 1977)
Record:74-111 (17th season)
at ULM:29-47 (7th season)
vs. UK:0-1

Kentucky and Louisiana-Monroe meet for just the fourth time in school history … All three meetings have taken place at Commonwealth Stadium … Kentucky first played the Warhawks in 1994, losing to ULM (then known as Northeast Louisiana) 21-14 … Kentucky has taken the last two games, defeating Northeast Louisiana 49-14 in 1997 and taking a 42-40 win over ULM in 2006 … Kentucky is 9-1 all-time vs. members of ULM's Sun Belt Conference.

•The Wildcats' offense has shown remarkable balance, as UK has gained 1,119 yards rushing and 912 yards passing this season. UK's rushing yardage and passing yardage have been within 50 yards of each other in five of six games this season.
•UK has scored at least 20 points in five of its six games this season. The Cats' 20 points vs. Alabama was the second-highest point total against the Tide defense this year. •The Wildcats have gained over 300 yards on offense in five of six games this season.
•UK totaled 301 yards of total offense against the Tide, becoming the first team to reach 300 yards total offense against Alabama this season.
•UK totaled 360 yards of total offense against South Carolina, the most the Gamecocks have allowed this season.
• Kentucky totaled 42 points, 488 yards and 29 first downs in the season opener against Miami. It's the most in all three categories since the record-setting 2007 season.
•UK totaled a season-high 282 rushing yards at Auburn. It marked the most rushing yards since 297 yards vs. Norfolk State in 2008 and the most against an SEC opponent since 301 yard vs. Mississippi State in 1995.


Kentucky's defensive yardage allowed has shown significant progress during the last two seasons. The advancement coincided with the maturing of a young group of players along with the appointment of Steve Brown as defensive coordinator in 2007.
The Wildcats' total defense is the nation's most improved over the last two years, reducing yardage allowed by 121 yards per game during that span.
With an assortment of bumps and bruises accumulating through the during the first month of the season, UK was forced to play less experienced players in the secondary against South Carolina.
True freshman Martavius Neloms earned his first career start at cornerback for the injured All-American Trevard Lindley while sophomore Randall Burden started for junior cornerback Paul Warford. Warford has missed the Alabama and South Carolina games with a quad muscle strain and Lindley suffered an ankle injury vs. Alabama. Redshirt freshman Cartier Rice is seeing action in the secondary as well.
•Warford returned to action against Auburn and had one of his best games. He totaled six tackles and a career-high tying three pass breakups.

•Senior Lones Seiber is UK's all-time leading scorer with 265 career points. The old career scoring record was 246 by Joey Worley.
•Sophomore Ryan Tydlacka inherits full-time punting duties from departed All-SEC punter Tim Masthay. He is averaging 39.1 yards per punt, a mark that ranks 10th in the SEC. He saw brief action last year at field goal duties, making 3-of-6 field goals, including a 51-yarder.
•The departed Masthay could be the most missed player on the team. In addition to leading the SEC with a 45.2-yard punting average, his booming kickoffs helped Kentucky lead the SEC in net kickoff coverage.
•Redshirt freshman kicker Craig McIntosh made his Wildcat debut against Alabama with four kickoffs averaging 63.2 yards per kick. He has two touchbacks this season.
Matt Roark has used his 6-6 height advantage to be a force on special teams. Roark deflected three kicks last season, one field goal and two extra points, including the game-deciding blocked extra point in UK's 14-13 win over Mississippi State.

Saturday, Oct 24 - 7 pm EDT - Fox Sports South
Lexington, Ky. - Commonwealth Stadium at CM Newton Field (67,942)

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