NFL: Seven from Sunday – Kickoff Weekend



A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 10, the first week of the 2017 season.


  • Atlanta tight end AUSTIN HOOPER had two catches for 128 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown reception in the Falcons’ 23-17 win at Chicago. Hooper’s 88-yard touchdown is the longest TD catch by a tight end in a season opener in NFL history.


  • Los Angeles Rams cornerback TRUMAINE JOHNSON and safety LAMARCUS JOYNER each had an interception-return touchdown and defensive end MORGAN FOX recorded a safety in the team’s 46-9 win over Indianapolis.


The RAMS are the first team in NFL history to record two interception-return touchdowns and a safety in a season opener.


The Rams’ two interception-return touchdowns are tied for the most ever in a season opener and Los Angeles is the first team to accomplish the feat on Kickoff Weekend since the 2007 Minnesota Vikings (September 9, 2007 vs. Atlanta).


  • The Jacksonville Jaguars, led by defensive ends CALAIS CAMPBELL (four sacks) and DANTE FOWLER, JR. (one sack, 53-yard fumble-return touchdown), defeated Houston 29-7 at NRG Stadium.


The JAGUARS, who had 10 sacks and a defensive touchdown in the contest, are the second team in NFL history with at least 10 sacks and a defensive touchdown in a season-opening game. The Los Angeles Raiders recorded 10 sacks and had a 76-yard interception-return touchdown in the team’s 31-0 victory against the New York Jets on September 8, 1985.


  • Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 292 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 113.1 passer rating in the Lions’ 35-23 win over Arizona. Stafford, who led the Lions back from a 17-15 fourth-quarter deficit, has 27 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2011, the most such drives by a quarterback in the NFL over the span.


Last year, the Lions won eight games when trailing in the fourth quarter, the most by a team in a single season in NFL history.


  • Cleveland rookie quarterback DE SHONE KIZER passed for 222 yards with a touchdown and rushed for a TD against Pittsburgh in his first career start. Kizer’s start marks the 10th consecutive season a rookie quarterback has started on Kickoff Weekend, the longest streak since at least 1950.


  • Pittsburgh rookie linebacker T.J. WATT had two sacks and an interception in the Steelers’ 21-18 win at Cleveland. Watt is the first player to record at least two sacks and an interception in an NFL debut on Kickoff Weekend since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
  • Oakland kicker GIORGIO TAVECCHIO converted all four of his field-goal attempts in the Raiders’ 26-16 victory at Tennessee. Tavecchio, who connected on two 52-yard field goals in the contest, is the first player in league history to make two field goals of at least 50 yards in his NFL debut. He also joins SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI as the only players in team history to convert multiple 50-yard field goals in a single game.

Regional results from the 4th week of high school football

Beechwood 36  Corbin 29
Floyd Central 43  Lynn Camp 14
McCreary Central 63  Fort Knox 30
North Laurel 56  Grant County 14
Knox Central 43 Harlan County 23
Somerset 20 Hazard 9
Middlesboro 14  Harlan 12
Perry Central 35  Clay County 12
Phelps 49  Jackson County 14
Pineville 42  Berea 6
Danville 34 Pulaski County 13
South Laurel 34  Leslie County 12
Williamsburg 52  Frankfort 32

Football: Western KY knocks off EKU in season opener



BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University held Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Western Kentucky University at bay for much of the first half and stayed within striking distance for most of the second half, but lost 31-17 on Saturday at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.


Two touchdowns over a two minute and 36 second span early in the fourth quarter allowed the Hilltoppers (1-0) to build a cushion they would need throughout the game.

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Football: Western KY knocks off EKU in season opener

Football: Kentucky 24 Southern Mississippi 17

Kentucky at Southern Mississippi

Carlisle-Faulkner Field / M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, Miss.

Team Records and Series Notes

  • This was the season opener for both teams.
  • Kentucky leads the series 3-1. This was the first time the teams had played in Hattiesburg.
  • Kentucky will return to action Sat. Sept. 9 with the home opener vs. Eastern Kentucky. Game time is noon and it will be televised on the SEC Network and broadcast on the UK Sports Radio Network.


Team Notes

  • This was the 600th win in Kentucky football history.
  • The win moved Kentucky to an 8-4 record over the last 12 games, including the third road win in that stretch (also last season at Missouri and Louisville).
  • UK is now 12-6 in non-conference games under Coach Mark Stoops.
  • UK is 16-1 under Stoops when leading after three quarters.
  • UK limited Southern Miss to 55 net rushing yards. It is the fewest since holding Vanderbilt to 54 rushing yards in 2014.
    • It was the fewest rushing yards UK had allowed in a season opener since keeping Louisville to 53 in 2008.
  • UK limited Southern Miss to 1.4 yards per rushing attempt, best since Samford averaged -0.1 yards per rush in 2012.
  • UK had several excellent facets in special teams.
    • Matt Panton averaged 42 yards per punt, including five inside the 20-yard line, two of which were downed at the one-yard line.
    • Austin MacGinnis’ placement of kickoffs, and the subsequent coverage, was outstanding.
    • Between the kicking and tenacious kick coverage, USM’s average starting yard line for the game was its own 17-yard line.
    • MacGinnis made his only field goal attempt and all three extra points.
    • Sihiem King’s 46-yard kickoff return (also drawing a desperation 15-yard facemask penalty) set up a touchdown drive that only needed to go 37 yards.
  • UK has had an offensive play of at least 50 yards in each of the five season openers under Coach Mark Stoops.


Player Notes

  • UK’s game captains were OG Nick Haynes, QB Stephen Johnson, LB Courtney Love and S Mike Edwards.
  • Three players made their first starts at Kentucky, WR Kayaune Ross, DE T.J. Carter and S Darius West.
  • Stephen Johnson completed 11 of 20 passes for 176 yards and one touchdown.
    • UK is now 8-4 with Johnson as the starter (6-4) or QB for the majority of the game (2-0).
    • Johnson also scrambled for an 8-yard touchdown in the second quarter to open the scoring.
    • Johnson is the first UK quarterback with a rushing touchdown and passing touchdown in a road game since Jalen Whitlow at South Carolina in 2013.
  • Benny Snell led the rushing attack with 20 carries for 67 yards.
    • He has 1,158 career rushing yards, advancing two spots to 30th place on the career rushing list.
  • C.J. Conrad caught three passes for 97 yards.  His 23-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter is the sixth TD of his career.
  • Late in the third quarter, Darius West made a jolting tackle that caused a fumble, which Denzil Ware scooped and scored from 20 yards out.
    • It is Ware’s first collegiate touchdown but his second collegiate score.  He also had a fumble return for a 2-point defensive PAT at South Carolina in 2015.
    • Ware also recovered a fumble in the first quarter that set up UK’s first touchdown.
    • Ware also caused a fumble.
    • Ware finished with three tackles, featuring 1.5 for loss (-11 yards) and a 10-yard quarterback sack.
  • Courtney Love tied his career high with nine tackles, one for loss, and also had a fumble recovery.
  • In addition to causing a fumble, Darius West made six tackles, including one for loss.
  • Josh Allen finished with five tackles, three of which were for loss (-12 yards), including a seven-yard QB sack.
    • Allen also caused a fumble and had a quarterback hurry.
  • Graduate transfer punter Matt Panton had a good first game for the Wildcats.  He punted nine times for a 42-yard average.
    • He had five punts inside the 20-yard line, including two punts downed at the one-yard line.
  • Austin MacGinnis made a 41-yard field goal in the third quarter.  It extended his streak of eight consecutive field goals dating back to last season.
    • He also made all three of his extra points and had excellent placement of his kickoffs.
  • Chris Westry started his team-leading 26th consecutive game.
  • True freshmen seeing their first collegiate action included DE Josh Paschal, NG Quinton Bohanna, WR Josh Ali, WR Isaiah Epps, WR Clevan Thomas and DB Cedric Dort.  Thomas and Epps made their first collegiate pass receptions.

Scores from the third week of regional high school football


Bell County 47  Pike County Central 26

Casey County 40  Russell County 19

Danville 10  Boyle County 7

Hurricane, WVa 17  Paintsville 13

Rockcastle County 43  Whitley County 35

Phelps 18  Sheldon Clark 8

West Jessamine 35  South Laurel 34

Jackson County Homecoming Bowl

Lynn Camp 39  Jackson County 16



Belfry 40  Bryan Station 19

Corbin 36  Pulaski County 7

Paris 36  Pineville 8

Beechwood 7  Somerset 0

Thomas Walker, VA 13  Harlan 8

Tates Creek 28  Harlan County 11

Lawrence County 37  Prestonsburg 32

Appalachian Bowl at Clay County

Clay County 30  Middlesboro 29  OT

North Laurel 36  East Jessamine 0



Williamsburg at Leslie County

Eastern Kentucky opens the season at old rival Western Kentucky

RICHMOND, Ky. – The 105th season of Eastern Kentucky University football begins Saturday when the Colonels travel to face longtime rival Western Kentucky University in the latest installment of the Battle of the Bluegrass.


The game will begin at 7 p.m. ET and air live on online at ($20 a month subscription fee).



–  Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky have met on the football field 84 times.  Both schools were among the seven founding members of the Ohio Valley Conference in 1948.  Western left the conference after the 1981 season and returned for the 1999 and 2000 seasons.  The first meeting was in 1914 when EKU won 34-6 in Richmond.  The most recent meeting, also in Richmond, was in 2008 when WKU picked up a 37-13 victory.  The two teams met every year from 1946 to 2000.  Both schools were among the
seven founding members of the Ohio Valley Conference in 1948.  The HIlltoppers lead the all-time series 46-35-3 and hold a 32-12-0 advantage in games played in Bowling Green.

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UK Men’s Basketball will “Team up for Texas” with a telethon

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Humbled by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, John and Ellen Calipari, Joe and Kelly Craft, and the Kentucky men’s basketball team – in conjunction with WKYT – will host a telethon Sunday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on WKYT and its affiliates across the state. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to benefit the victims of the catastrophic storm.


The “Teaming Up For Texas” telethon will air throughout the state (current affiliates are below), as members of the UK men’s basketball team will take phone calls and donations. Special guests are expected to participate in the show.


Details on how to donate and the telethon phone numbers will be released closer to the telethon.

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UK Men’s Basketball will “Team up for Texas” with a telethon

Football Preview: Alabama vs. Florida State

September 2nd at 8pm Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta / ABC TV

Football Preview: Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee

Football Preview: Kentucky at Southern Miss

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Saturday, September 2nd at 4pm on CBSSN

• The Wildcats are looking for their 600th win in school history. UK has 599 wins in 127 seasons of intercollegiate football.
• The Cats have won seven of their past 11 games dating to last season, including road wins at No. 11 Louisville and Missouri.
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Football Preview: Kentucky at Southern Miss