We all watched Kentucky win the Belk Bowl 37-30 over Virginia Tech, but not everyone knows what exactly the win means. Here are Wildcat Blue Nation’s top-stats from the 2019 Kentucky Football season:
Kentucky Football Stats from the Belk Bowl
- UK was (3/3) 100% on 4th down conversions, including two Josh Ali’s diving catch to save the game-winning drive
- Virginia Tech was ranked 9th in the nation in red-zone defense prior to the game. Despite this, Kentucky went 3 for 3 (2 TDs / 1 FG) in the red-zone
- Kicker Matt Rufollo was 4 for 4 on PATs and 1 for1 on field goals despite a rocky season
- Kentucky won Time of Possession at 35:46 compared to VT’s 24:14. Kentucky possessed the football for 11:09 in the 4th quarter
- QB Lynn Bowden rushed for 233 yards on 34 carries with 3 TDs- a mark that is the best for a QB in the history of bowl games
Stats from UK’s Season
- The only FBS player over the last 25 seasons to finish a year with 300+ pass yards, 1200+ rush yards, and 300+ receiving yards: LYNN BOWDEN JR. His final stats: 1,468 rush yds, 403 pass yds, 348 rec yds, and 17 TDs responsible for
- Following Kentucky’s 8-5 season, Mark Stoops is in good company. Among SEC coaches only Orgeron & Saban (both 24-3), Kirby Smart (22-5) and Dan Mullen (21-5) have better records than Stoops. Malzahn (17-8) and Jimbo Fisher (17-9) are next.
- After losing a litany of pieces on his defense, first-year coordinator Brad White led the Kentucky defense to the 4th best pass defense in the NATION & 5th in the SEC in total defense.
- After the Belk Bowl victory, Kentucky football won their final four games for the fifth time since World War II (53, 54, 76, 77, 19)
- After Lynn Bowden’s Belk Bowl performance he placed himself only five yards away from the most every rush yards by a QB in SEC single-season history… in essentially eight games. His company: Cam Newton (1,473) Lynn Bowden (1,468 ) Johnny Manziel (1,410)Nick Fitzgerald (1,375)
- Rushing totals in Kentucky’s final eight games with Bowden at QB: 330 160 297 302 401 462 517 331. That’s a total of 2,800 rushing yards for an average of 350 rushing yards/game.