Kentucky football looks to go 6-0 for the first time since 1950


Terry Wilson waits for the snap during the game against South Carolina on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

Mohammad Ahmad

Looking for its best start to a season since 1950, the No. 13 UK football team heads to Kyle Field in College Station, Texas to take on the Texas A&M Aggies this Saturday at 7 p.m.

UK’s 1950 team started off 6-0 (4-0 SEC). The coach of that team was hall-of-fame coach Bear Bryant. UK and Texas A&M will play each other for the first time since 1953, when the Cats ousted the Aggies 7-6 in Lexington.

UK head coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran share connections with Aggies’ head coach Jimbo Fisher. Stoops served as Fisher’s offensive coordinator at Florida State from 2010-2012. Gran served as Florida State’s running backs coach during that same duration.

Texas A&M is off to a 3-2 (1-1 SEC) start this season. Its two losses this season came against the two of the nation’s top five teams: No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Clemson. Its first SEC win came last week came against Arkansas in a 24-17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

UK’s defense will have to find a way to stop Aggies’ quarterback Kellen Mond. The third-ranked player in the SEC in total offense, his 279.6 passing yard per game trumps over UK’s 153 passing yards per game.

Complementing Mond is running back Trayveon Williams. Williams ranks second in rushing per game in the SEC behind Cats’ running back Benny Snell. Mond is going up against the Cats’ pass defense that ranks second nationally in team passing efficiency defense. Williams will have to deal with a nationally third-ranked scoring defense that only allows 12.6 points per game.

Cats’ defensive end Josh Allen leads the SEC in sacks and tackles for loss. Safety Darius West leads the league in passes defended, while linebackers Kash Daniel and Jamar “Boogie Watson” have both combined for 50 tackles so far this season.

In the Cats’ win over South Carolina last weekend Daniel was called for targeting in the second half of the game, which means he’ll have to sit out the first half against the Aggies. Freshman Chris Oats will start in place of him.

Quarterback Terry Wilson and Snell will look to push against the Aggies’ run defense. Their run defense is the top-ranked defense in the SEC and only allows 80.6 yards per game. Wilson and Snell have combined for 939 rushing yards this season.

A win will also give the chance to start 4-0 in SEC play for the first time since 1977 when the team went undefeated in the league.  The game can be watched on ESPN.