By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky was one of eight SEC teams facing out of conference foes on Saturday, and the Wildcats ran wild over visiting Samford in a 34-3 triumph over the Bulldogs. Seven ball carriers combined for 342 rushing yards at Commonwealth Stadium, and a 31-point first half propelled the Cats to the win.
Raymond Sanders was one of three Wildcats (2-9, 0-7 SEC) to receive 15 or more carries on the game, along with Dyshawn Mobley and Jonathan George, and Sanders made his touches count. The junior led the way for Kentucky with 123 yards and a score, while Mobley and George combined for 158 yards as a duo. Quarterback Jalen Whitlow was a factor in the running game as well, gaining 59 yards and finding pay dirt once. Through the air, Whitlow completed 76 percent of his passes and found Gene McCaskill for the first score of the game.
The Kentucky defense came to play on this night, holding the Bulldogs (7-4, 5-3 SoCon) to a dismal minus-2 yards on the ground and just 102 yards total. That total was the lowest of the season for any UK opponent, and the Wildcat defense even got in on the scoring with a 25-yard fumble return touchdown from Tristan Johnson in the second quarter.
Next week, Kentucky will travel to Knoxville to take on SEC East rival Tennessee in what will be Joker Phillips’ final game at the helm for the Cats.
Passing – Jalen Whitlow, 10-for-13, 66 yards, TD
Rushing – Daymond Sanders, 15 car, 123 yards, TD
Receiving – Gene McCaskill, 3 rec, 35 yards, TD
Passing – Andy Summerlin, 18-for-24, 104 yards
Rushing – Fabian Truss, 12 car, 37b yards
Receiving – Riley Hawkins, 3 rec, 26 yards
• Saturday night’s game between Kentucky and Samford was the first ever meeting between the two schools.
• The Wildcats improved to 6-10-1 all-time in games played on November 17.
• Samford lost despite winning the turnover battle 2-1. The Bulldogs were first in the SoCon coming in with a turnover margin of plus-8.