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UK Football: Cats go for third straight over South Carolina

Kentucky seeks its third consecutive victory over Southeastern Conference Eastern Division rival South Carolina on Saturday night in Commonwealth Stadium, having knocked off the Gamecocks 26-22 in Columbia last season and 45-38 in Lexington in 2014.
The Wildcats are riding the momentum gained by a 62-42 victory over New Mexico State where the big-play offense racked up 692 total offensive yards, the second-highest total in the SEC this season. The Cats had a 300-yard passer, two 100-yard rushers and a 100-receiver in the offensive explosion.
Defensively, UK allowed just seven points after halftime and notched its ninth consecutive game forcing a turnover in intercepting a pair of passes. Mike Edwards became the third different Cat to record a double-digit tackle game, joining Jordan Jones and Kobie Walker.

• The statue honoring the four Kentucky players who broke the color barrier in Southeastern Conference football – Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg – was unveiled on Thursday night.
• UK Athletics will honor its 2016 Hall of Fame class during halftime on Saturday. Former head coach Rich Brooks and former linebacker Wesley Woodyard, now with the Tennessee Titans, are two of the six members who will be honored.
• The Kentucky and South Carolina coaching staffs will be wearing special arm patches in honor of the AFCA’s Coach to Cure MD program. This is the ninth year coaches around the country join together to raise funding and awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Fans are encouraged to donate by texting “CURE” to 90999 or visiting www.CoachtoCureMD.org.
• Kentucky had 381 rushing yards and 311 passing yards vs. New Mexico State, the Cats’ first 300/300 game in school history.
• Sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones has been a menace to opposing offenses, registering 35 tackles to lead all SEC defenders in tackles per game after three games with 11.7. Jones is second in the nation in solo tackles. Sophomore safety Mike Edwards ranks third in the SEC in tackles per game with 9.0.
• Junior running back Stanley “Boom” Williams has continued to show his brilliance as a rusher this season. Williams ranks fourth in the SEC with 113.7 rushing yards per game. He now has 1,682 career rushing yards, 14th on Kentucky’s career rushing list. The last player to reach the 1,500 career rushing yards mark was Raymond Sanders (2010-13). In terms of games played, Williams is the third quickest player to reach 1,500 career rushing yards in school history (22 games). Only Sonny Collins (18 games played) and Moe Williams (19 games played) reached that milestone quicker.
• Kentucky is averaging 18.4 yards per completed pass, sixth in the nation in that category.
Individually, Jeff Badet leads the nation with 34.3 yards per reception.
• Sophomore tight end C.J. Conrad hauled in three touchdown catches against New Mexico State, the most by any SEC player in a single game this season. Conrad is the first UK tight end with three scoring catches in a game since James Whalen vs. Georgia on Oct. 23, 1999 and the first Cat since Dicky Lyons Jr. vs. Florida on Oct. 20, 2007 to accomplish that feat.
• Junior quarterback Stephen Johnson had a career-high 310 yards and three touchdowns passing vs. New Mexico State. He is the second quarterback in UK history to pass for at least 300 yards within their first two career games played. The other is Jared Lorenzen against Louisville on Sept. 2, 2000.
• Kentucky leads the SEC in interceptions and rank fifth nationally with six on the season.
• The Wildcats also lead the SEC in pass efficiency.
• Kentucky is one of the youngest teams in the nation this season with only 11 total seniors on the 2016 roster. That’s the fewest seniors in the nation. UK returns 16 starters from last season, including nine on offense, six on defense and one on special teams.
• True freshman running back Benny Snell Jr.’s four rushing touchdowns vs. New Mexico State ties the school record most rushing TDs in a game, joining four other Cats who reached that mark. His 136 rushing yards in the game are the most for a UK freshman since Derek Homer vs. Tennessee on Nov. 22, 1997.

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Week 6 regional high school football scores

Mayfield 35  Corbin 34
Leslie County 56  Betsy Layne 16
Paintsville 17  Bourbon County 16
Johnson Central 56  Boyd County 0
Breathitt County 56  Knott County Central 47
Boyle County 57  Lincoln County 7
Danville 62  Green County 0
Campbellsville 48  Fort Knox 6
Harlan 25  Middlesboro 14
North Laurel 30  Harlan County 20
Hazard 48  Jenkins 14
Knox Central 35  Russell County 21
Knoxville Catholic, TN 45  Belfry 20
Pineville 37  Cumberland Gap, TN 18
Lynn Camp 40  Jellico, TN 38
Pulaski County 28  Madison Southern 14
Pike County Central 58  Magoffin County 12
Southwestern 48  Montgomery County 14
Jackson County 28  Morgan County 14
Frankfort 40  North Oldham 28
Letcher County Central 52  Perry County Central 8
Twin Valley, VA 27  Phelps 22
Rockcastle County 26  Somerset 20
Prestonsburg 56  Shelby Valley 28
McCreary Central 40  Sheldon Clark 6
Pikeville 46  South Floyd 0
Wayne County 53  Clay County 0
Whitley County 34  South Laurel 25
Williamsburg 29  Ludlow 12
Paris 52  Berea 0

Saturday September 24
Casey County at Ballard Memorial

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Former EKU golfer Dave Ryan wins U.S. Senior Amateur

ST. LOUIS, Mo.– Former Eastern Kentucky University golfer Dave Ryan won the 62nd U.S. Senior Amateur Championship on Thursday at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis.

Ryan, who played for the Colonels in the early 1970s, edged Matthew Sughrue, 2 up, in the match play finals.

Sughrue won the first hole in the championship match but Ryan won the next five to go 4 up.  The two competitors then matched each other over the next four holes and Ryan was still 4 up after 10 holes were played.  Sughrue got back into it by winning four of the next five and the match was all square after 15 holes.  Ryan took the lead back with a five on the par-5 No. 16.  Both carded three’s on the par-3 No. 17 hole.  Ryan preserved the win with a four on the par-4 No. 18 while Sughrue bogeyed the final hole.

Ryan, 62, of Taylorville, Illinois, earned the Chicago District Golf Association’s senior player of the year award six of the last seven years.  He entered the championship just a week after claiming the Illinois Senior Amateur title.

Ryan defeated Paul Simson, a two-time U.S. Senior Amateur winner, in the round of 16 on Tuesday with the help of a hole-in-one on the par-4, No. 14 hole.  It is just the third known ace on a par-4 in USGA championship history.  After beating Michael Dunsmore in Wednesday morning’s quarterfinals 5-and-3, Ryan won the first two holes against two-time Mid-Am champion Tim Jackson in the semifinals and never gave up the lead.

The course at Old Warson Country Club played to a par of 71 and measured 6,956 yards for the 18-hole championship match.

The 2016-17 Colonels will look to continue their strong start to the season on Sept. 25-26 at the Patriot Intercollegiate hosted by George Mason.

Here is the 1975 EKU men’s golf team.  Dave Ryan is fourth from the left in the front row.

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UK men’s basketball practice to be televised by ESPNU on October 9th

It’s the third season in a row ESPNU has televised an open UK practice

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky fans will once again get a sneak peek at the UK men’s basketball team for a live, televised open practice on ESPNU. This year’s open practice will be televised Oct. 9 from 7-9 p.m.

The Wildcats will go through various agility and shooting drills in addition to 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmaging.

Doris Burke, Seth Greenberg and Fran Fraschilla will be on hand to call the action for ESPNU, along with Andy Katz, who will handle sideline reports.

It’s the third season in a row UK has had a practice televised live.

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UK rolls up 692 yards of offense in 62-42 win over New Mexico State

KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES

New Mexico State at Kentucky

Commonwealth Stadium – Lexington, Ky.

Sept. 17, 2016

 

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 62, New Mexico State 42

 

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 1-2, 0-1 in the Southeastern Conference.  New Mexico State is 1-2, 0-0 in the Sun Belt Conference.
  • This was the first all-time meeting between the two schools with Kentucky now leading the series, 1-0.
  • New Mexico State is the second of four non-conference opponents this season for Kentucky. The Wildcats will host Austin Peay on Nov. 19 and travel to top-10 ranked Louisville on Nov. 26.
  • Kentucky will return to action Sat. Sept. 24, playing host to South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on SEC Network and broadcast on the UK Sports Radio Network.

 

Kentucky Team Notes

  • UK’s game captains were wide receiver Jeff Badet, center Jon Toth, defensive end Courtney Miggins and linebacker Courtney Love.
  • The two teams combined for 104 total points, which is the most combined points scoring in a non-overtime game in school history.

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Week 5 regional high school scores

Whitley County 20  Bell County 6
Casey County 49  Washington County 7
Campbellsville 37  Green County 14
Johnson Central 44  Harlan County 8
Hazard 41  Prestonsburg 6
Knox Central 7  Henry Clay 7 (game halted and declared over due to weather)
Harlan 42  Jackson County 22
Lynn Camp 46  Jenkins 6
South Laurel 22  Leslie County 18
Knott County Central 75  Betsy Lane 6
Letcher County Central 42  Breathitt County 28
Lincoln County 47  North Laurel 25
McCreary Central 56  Berea 6
Paris 28  Middlesboro 25
Belfry 55  Pikeville 13
Pulaski County 32  Rockcastle County 13
Corbin 20  Southwestern 8
West Jessamine 21  Clay County 0
Paintsville 36  Williamsburg 3

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Kentucky hosts New Mexico State on Heroes’ Day

Kentucky returns home to Commonwealth Stadium seeking its first victory of the season on Heroes’ Day, which honors active, reserve and veteran members of the armed forces along with police, firefighters and first responders. This year’s event will take place the week of the 15th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Wildcats are coming off a difficult loss to Florida in The Swamp and look to rebound in front of their home crowd. Through the first two games the offense has produced a number of explosive plays, including five pass plays of more than 40 yards, and has several players moving up the school’s career ranks.
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones continues to shine while flying all over the field to register 28 tackles in the first two games. Kentucky also has forced a turnover in eight consecutive games.
This will be the first meeting between UK and New Mexico State in football.
GAME NOTES
• Sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones has been a menace to opposing offenses, registering 28 tackles to lead all SEC defenders in tackles after two games. Jones ranks third nationally in total tackles. Continue reading: Kentucky hosts New Mexico State on Heroes’ Day

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Friday September 16 regional high school football schedule

Whitley County at Bell County
Washington County at Casey County
Campbellsville at Green County
Johnson Central at Harlan County
Prestonsburg at Hazard
Knox Central at Henry Clay
Harlan at Jackson County
Lynn Camp at Jenkins
South Laurel at Leslie County
Betsy Lane at Knott County Central
Breathitt County at Letcher County Central
North Laurel at Lincoln County
Berea at McCreary Central
Paris at Middlesboro
Belfry at Pikeville
Rockcastle County at Pulaski County
Corbin at Southwestern
Clay County at West Jessamine
Paintsville at Williamsburg

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Unveiling of statue honoring SEC trailblazers set for September 22nd

Northington, Page, Hackett and Hogg to be honored at 7 p.m. event

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The statue honoring the four players who broke the color barrier in Southeastern Conference football – Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg – will be unveiled at an event at the site of the statue on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. The event will be open to the public.

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