Kentucky is perfect this season … in the red zone.
Kentucky is 16-of-16 inside the 20-yard line and has scored 12 touchdowns, which is 10th in red-zone touchdown percentage.
“We’ve been efficient and we’ve made a lot of our opportunities,” coach Mark Stoops said. “As you know, we’ve had some ups and downs on all sides of the ball – offense, defense and special teams. But we have been efficient in the red zone. That’s one of the reasons why we’re 4-1 and one of the reasons why we’ve won close games.”
Red-zone efficiency isn’t new to Kentucky.
The Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale wrote that Kentucky has converted 27 consecutive red-zone opportunities since last season.
When Kentucky lost to Florida 14-9 on Sept. 19, it failed to score a touchdown on two of three attempts in the red zone, but the Wildcats have been successful of late.
Kentucky has scored a touchdown in each of its last seven red-zone attempts.
Stoops hopes the trend continues against Auburn on Thursday.
“I think that’s an important statistic,” he said. “It’s probably helped us get to this point.”
Uk's lone loss was the only game Cats have not scored TDs on at least 2/3 of red-zone opportunities http://t.co/sdSezKUjHB
— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) October 12, 2015