Kentucky surging behind vastly improved defense

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops, shown here after Saturday night's 21-13 win over No. 25 Missouri, is 8-8 the past two seasons after a 2-10 debut year.

Although they currently are overshadowed by the yardage totals of LSU tailback Leonard Fournette and the passing accuracy of Georgia quarterback Greyson Lambert, the Kentucky Wildcats are producing remarkable numbers as well.

After allowing 37.5 points per game last year in Southeastern Conference contests and losing two defensive linemen to the NFL draft, including first-round pick Bud Dupree, the Wildcats are yielding just 16.3 through their first three league games this season. The drastic improvement has Kentucky 3-1 and thirsty for more entering Saturday's home game against Eastern Kentucky.

The Wildcats notched their third win last Saturday night by topping Missouri 21-13, ending the Tigers' 11-game road winning streak in regular-season contests.

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SEC schedule for Saturday

Noon: South Carolina at Missouri, SEC Network3:30: Alabama at Georgia, CBS4: San Jose State at Auburn SEC Network7: Ole Miss at Florida ESPN7: Eastern Michigan at LSU ESPNU7: Arkansas at Tennessee, ESPN27: Vanderbilt at MTSU, CBS Sports Network7:30: Miss.