Impressive Kentucky Football Stats Through Four Games

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A month into the season and the Kentucky Wildcats are one of three undefeated teams in the SEC. Not too shabby. 4-0 is not the only number that matters. Let’s take a closer look at other areas where the Wildcats stand out amongst their peers.


Points per Play — .765 ranks third in the FBS, trailing only Washington (.771) and USC (.87).

Yards per Play — 7.21 is slightly down from a week ago, but still ranks third in the SEC and No. 16 nationally.

Expected Points Added (EPA) per Play — +.30 ranks 19th nationally. Their EPA is at its best when rushing (.18) ranking No. 16 in the FBS.

Yards per Carry — 5.48 ranks second in the SEC and 19th nationally. The Wildcats have five rushes of 30+ yards, the second most in the league.

All-Purpose Yards — Two Wildcats are in the top ten of the SEC. Barion Brown ranks sixth with 466, about half of which come from punt and kickoff returns. Ray Davis ranks ninth with 451 yards off receptions and carries.

Third Down — Kentucky converts 48.72 of their third down attempts, ranking fourth in the SEC.

Big Blue Wall — The Kentucky offensive line has allowed only four sacks, tied with Georgia for the fewest in the SEC. The Wildcats have been tackled for loss 16 times, tied for fourth in the SEC.

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EPA — Kentucky ranks 8th in total EPA with -50.5. Their EPA per game is tenth at -12.63 according to Game on Paper. If you prefer ESPN’s advanced stats, the Kentucky defense is ranked 10th in SP+.

Rushing Yards Allowed per Game — 77.5 yards (2.58 yards per carry) is the best in the SEC and ranks No. 10 nationally. A Kentucky opponent still has not rushed for more than 100 yards against the Wildcats.

Turnovers — Kentucky has 8 takeaways, tied for the most in the SEC and ranks No. 21 in the FBS.

Red Zone Defense — Opponents score on just 76.9% of their red zone trips, ranking No. 4 in the SEC.

Max Hairston — He’s one of three players in the SEC with multiple receptions and the only defender with multiple defensive touchdowns. His 6 passes defended are tied for the second-most in the SEC.

Trevin Wallace — The inside linebacker did not record a sack vs. Vanderbilt but is still third in the SEC with 3.5.

One Bad Stat — Kentucky is 13th in the SEC in penalties, flagged on average 8 times per game.

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