Kentucky football looks to get a win on senior day against MTSU


Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. (1) running back the opening kickoff against UT. University of Kentucky’s football team lost to University of Tennessee, 24-7, at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Madison Dennis

The Kentucky Wildcats will meet the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Saturday in week 11 of the season. This will make for the third meeting between the two teams and both Middle Tennessee and the Kentucky are coming in with a record of 7-3.

The Wildcats hope they can begin their winning ways again after falling short from their consecutive losses against Georgia and Tennessee. They look to go 8-3 and have the best 11-game start to a season since 1984, yet standing in their way is a Middle Tennessee team who sits on top the Conference-USA East standings.

The Blue Raiders are led by redshirt junior quarterback Brent Stockstill with 2298 passing yards and 21 touchdowns this season. He holds many records in the top 10 all-time in Conference-USA for passing yards (8th), completion percentage (5th), passing touchdowns (4th), passing attempts (10th), 300-yard games (5th), and lowest percentage of interceptions (7th). He also ranks 4th in most wins as a quarterback in school history.

He puts it in good spots; he throws such a catchable ball,” Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said. “He really plays  — you’ve got to have a lot of respect for the way he plays — he plays the game the right way and really intelligent and great touch on what he does. They have a good scheme and they can move it on you.”

The Wildcats will also need to watch out for Blue Raiders wide receiver Ty Lee, who leads the team in 51 receiving passes, 621 yards, and five touchdowns. He has had at least one reception in 36 consecutive games. This is the second longest streak in school history and is also the ninth longest streak in the country.

Middle Tennessee running back Chanton Mobley has rushed for 379 yards and four touchdowns this season. The Blue Raiders have averaged 194.8 yards rushing per game this season.

Kentucky’s defense will need to return to early season form to shut down the powerful Blue Raiders offense.

Middle Tennessee’s defense is also playing with a chip on its shoulder and look to stop Benny Snell and the Wildcats. Safety Reed Blankenship leads Middle Tennessee in 80 tackles this season. Blue Raider freshman linebacker DQ Thomas leads the team in six sacks this season. The Cats should also look out for defensive back Wesley Bush, who is ranked seventh nationally with four interceptions, leading the team this season. The defense has contributed four touchdowns this season and are ranked third nationally.

The Wildcats’ senior class has brought a resurgence of excitement in Big Blue Nation for Kentucky Wildcat football and will be honored on Saturday before the game for senior day as the Cats hope to leave Kroger field for the season with a win.

The Wildcats will kick off at 12 p.m. at Kroger Field and the game will be broadcast on the SEC network.