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Key talking points, numbers from Kentucky's 44-40 loss at Louisville

Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towles (14) headed for the locker room after shaking hands with Louisville Cardinals quarterback Kyle Bolin (14), who played at Lexington Catholic, as the University of Kentucky played the University of Louisville at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, November 29, 2014. This is fourth quarter college football action. Louisville won 44-40. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff.
Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towles (14) headed for the locker room after shaking hands with Louisville Cardinals quarterback Kyle Bolin (14), who played at Lexington Catholic, as the University of Kentucky played the University of Louisville at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, November 29, 2014. This is fourth quarter college football action. Louisville won 44-40. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff. Herald-Leader

TALKING POINTS

■ Kentucky showed up ready to compete.

■ How ineffective would the UK defense be without Alvin "Bud" Dupree and Za'Darius Smith? They will not be around next year.

■ After six games, Patrick Towles looked like one of the SEC's best quarterbacks. Now that the season is over, you wonder if another quarterback battle awaits.

■ Stanley "Boom" Williams looks the real deal in the UK backfield. If the Cats can land Madison Southern star Damien Harris, it could be a nice 1-2 running punch in 2015.

■ This may have been the most entertaining rivalry game yet.

■ With a chance to win the game why did UK keep running the ball in the two-minute drill?

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

10/11: Oct 11 is not only the last time UK won a game, it was the last time UK led a game in the second half until taking the lead against Louisville on Saturday.

16: Seconds it took UK to turn a 28-23 Louisville lead into a 33-28 Wildcats lead.

8: Louisville passing yards before Kyle Bolin entered the game more than 18 minutes in. Bolin threw for 381 yards.

35: Louisville's total yards before Bolin entered the game.

6: Touchdowns scored by the UK defense this year (two against Louisville). That is a school record.

83: Rushing yards by Louisville in 29 carries. Kentucky had been unable to stop the run lately. This was the first time since 1995 the team with the most rushing yards did not win the Kentucky-Louisville game.

42: Yards on a completion to Joey Herrick in the fourth quarter, doubling UK's passing yards to that point.

55: UK yardage after three quarters not gained by Williams.

6: Plays it took Louisville to go 96 yards once UK took the lead in the fourth quarter.

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