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Kentucky closing in on its first SEC rushing title ever

Kentucky’s performance against Louisville accentuated how dominant its rushing attack has been this season.

With 517 yards on the ground last Saturday, the Wildcats set a school single-game record for the second straight week and moved closer to their first Southeastern Conference rushing title. e Wildcats’ 3,293 rushing Th yards are most in school history and their 12-game average of 274.4 per game ranks fifth in the nation and is 23 yards ahead of the No. 2 SEC rushing team, Mississippi.

UK’s key has been converted receiver Lynn Bowden, who became the starting quarterback six games into the season because of injuries. He ran 22 times for an SEC quarterback record 284 yards against Louisville, the second highest total in UK history, and tied the school record with a career-high four touchdowns. Chris Rodriguez added 125 yards on nine carries against the Cardinals.

Bowden has run for an average of 162.2 yards over the last seven games and his 1,235 yards give UK a 1,000-yard rusher four years in a row.


Bowden was among five players to rush for more than 200 yards, led by Buffalo’s Jaret Patterson.

Patterson set national season highs with 298 yards and six touchdowns on 22 carries against Bowling Green on Friday. The rushing total was the highest since Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin went for 321 against Purdue in November 2018.

Tennessee’s Eric Gray ran 25 times for 246 yards against Vanderbilt, Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins carried 31 times for 211 yards against Michigan and Tulsa’s Shamari Brooks ran for a career-high 202 yards on 16 carries against East Carolina.

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