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News and notes from UK’s loss to Miss St

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(H-L photo/Pablo Alcala)

News and notes from UK’s 24-17 loss to Mississippi State:

  • Kentucky dropped to 1-5 in the SEC, its worst record after six conference games since starting 0-6 in the league in 2004.
  • On UK’s final play, a pass attempt which Mississippi State intercepted at the goal line, apparently wide out Chris Matthews didn’t get the call at the line to go to the end zone. Quarterback Mike Hartline, who was hurried a bit, threw long, and Matthews had cut off the pattern. It was supposed to be a jump ball. Instead, MSU db Jonathan Banks was the only one jumping at the goal-line, and got the pick.
  • In its six SEC games, Kentucky is -5 in turnover margin. The Cats have given the ball away 14 times, and taken it just nine times. The Cats were a -2 against State, giving it up four times, taking it twice.
  • Kentucky gained just 89 yards on 43 carries, the third straight game it had failed to rush for 100 yards.
  • It was also the third straight game without Derrick Locke.
  • Mississippi Sate’s 214 yards rushing was second most against UK this season, behind Auburn’s 311.
  • State averaged 5.49 yards per rush, the fifth team to average at least five yards a carry against Kentucky. Louisville averaged 5.94, WKU 5.67, Florida 5.33 and Auburn 5.98.
  • Randall Cobb had a career-high 12 catches for 171 yards and one touchdown.
  • It was Hartline’s first three-interception game since the Alabama game of last year. He also threw three that day against the Crimson Tide.
  • Hartline completed 23 of 41 passes for 258 yards, with two touchdowns and those three picks. That figures to a pass efficiency rating of 110.42, his lowest since posting a 104.17 at Florida.
  • Danny Trevathan had 16 tackles, his fifth straight game of double-digit tackles.
  • Craig McIntosh has made seven consecutive field goals.

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