All The Ways UK Dominated Florida on Saturday
My name is Adam, and I am a stat junkie. I am pretty sure it is the main reason I watch sports. After Kentucky beat Florida on Saturday, (felt so nice to type that) I sat in my living room for 90 minutes studying every possible stat I could find.
Don’t let any Whiny Florida fans on Twitter distract you from the truth. Kentucky DOMINATED just about every aspect of the game. IN THE SWAMP!
Anytime things don’t fall perfectly in favor for a poor sport, they cry foul. Some go as far as to block everyone in the other fan base and “report” the opposing fans who say their team sucked. While this thin-skinned gator fan was quickly shut down by BBN on Twitter, I couldn’t help but think back to all the dominating stats I viewed after the game.
Here are some of my favorites:
Net Total Yards: UK 454 UF 360
Feleipe Franks went 17-38 for 232 yards while Terry Wilson completed 11 of 16 throws for 151 yards. Wilson was a much more efficient QB with a rating of 176.8 compared to Franks at 108.1. Each had two TD throws and one pick.
Net Rushing Yards: UK 303 UF 128
Florida didn’t get over 50 yards from any individual, but Kentucky got 175 yards from Benny Snell and 105 yards from Terry Wilson.
Average per carry: UK 7.4 UF 4.4
Benny had 27 carries for an average of 6.5 yards. Terry Wilson showed his elusive capabilities and took off for 10.5 yards per carry. UK fans have wanted a true dual-threat QB for a long time, and it appears we have one in Touchdown Terry. Fun fact, Benny Snell’s long carry in the game for 44 yards matched the total for the top Florida rusher for the entire game. Eat that, Gators.
3rd Down Conversions: UK 9-13 UF 7-13
The breakdowns on 3rd down efficiency for UK are incredible. Eddie Gran’s playcalling set up very manageable 3rd downs with an average of 4.2 yards to go. Kentucky averaged 19.5 yards on 4-4 3rd down passing attempts and averaged 8.9 yards per 3rd down rushing attempt. It is known that 3rd down conversions can make or break a football team, and the Cats were getting huge yards when they needed them most.
Solo Tackles UK 29 UF 17
Throughout the game, it looked like UK was by far the most aggressive team. The Florida defense had a hard time pulling our guys down and outside of Vosean Joseph, not many had multiple solo tackles on the final stat sheet. Kentucky players did an excellent job of wrapping Florida’s players and holding them to minimal yards after contact.
UK Offensive Line – Zero QB Hurries
This is my favorite stat of the game. The Florida defense was completely unable to pressure our quarterback. Terry Wilson only got dirty when he wanted to. He was never sacked, never knocked down, and never hurried. Not once. Amazing.
Points Scored UK 27 UF 16
The streak is over Big Blue Nation. As Florida fans pathetically stutter out the fact that the streak happened, be sure to remind them that it ended, and isn’t happening again. UK is no longer sitting at the bottom of the SEC every season. Our team is competitive and capable of going into the swamp and beating the Gators in front of 80,651 fans, just like they did on Saturday. GO BIG BLUE!