Kentucky: A Numerical Perspective

Who could have predicted that Vanderbilt would return two kicks for touchdowns; score 34 points against South Carolina; put up a far better fight than most Commodore fans had a right to expect... and lose by 14 points? The Dores showed a lot in defeat, quite possibly more than the team displayed in its first three games combined. After a plot twist in the season, how will VU fare against Kentucky?


THE KENTUCKY WILDCATS: A NUMERICAL PERSPECTIVE

The Kentucky Wildcats seem to be headed on the right track under coach Mark Stoops. The Stoops family knows how to coach football. Bob is the best of the lot, but Mike has helped him as an assistant at Oklahoma over the years while making modest (albeit temporary) improvements at the University of Arizona. Mark has been recruiting up a storm in Lexington, and there is reason to believe that Kentucky’s accumulation of resources is on the verge of paying off. A strong effort in a loss at Florida represented a small step forward for Kentucky. As the season goes along, we’ll see just how much the Wildcats do – or don’t – progress relative to their 2013 season, which we’ll examine from a numerical standpoint here:

SITUATIONAL WIN-LOSS RECORDS IN 2013 (FBS ONLY)

Record when having more first downs than an opponent: 1-2.

Fewer: 0-7.

Statistical tie (zero differential): 0-1.

Record when having more yards than an opponent: 1-0.

Fewer: 0-10.

Record when having more rushing yards than an opponent: 1-2.

Fewer: 0-7.

Statistical tie: 0-1.

Record when having more passing yards than an opponent: 1-2.

Fewer: 0-8.

Record when having more penalties than an opponent: 1-4.

Fewer: 0-5.

Statistical tie: 0-1.

Record when having more turnovers than an opponent: 1-3.

Fewer: 0-5.

Statistical tie: 0-2.

Record when having more time of possession than an opponent: 0-3.

Less time of possession: 1-7.

BALL SECURITY AND FUMBLE LUCK.

Fumbles in 2013: 19.

Fumbles lost: 9.

Interceptions thrown: 6.

TAKEAWAYS ON DEFENSE

Defensive fumbles recovered: 12 recoveries of 22 fumbles by opponents.

Interceptions made: 3.

DRIVE STARTS IN AN OPPONENT’S TERRITORY

Drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field (including the 50-yard line): 9.

Conference rank (SEC) in number of drive starts in an opponent’s half of the field: tied for 12th out of 14 teams.

Points scored on these drives, assuming seven points for all touchdowns, regardless of PAT or conversion outcomes: 23 – 2 touchdowns, 3 field goals.

Territorial breakdown of drives and outcomes: 7 drives from the 50 to the opponent’s 36 – 1 touchdown, 2 field goals; 2 drives from the 35 to the 21 – 1 touchdown, 1 field goal; no possessions starting in the red zone in 2013.

Conference rank (SEC) in number of points scored on drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field: last.

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