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Liveblog: Kentucky 24, Southern Mississippi 17

Kentucky's Denzil Ware scored a touchdown on a 20-yard fumble return in the third quarter against Southern Mississippi.
Kentucky's Denzil Ware scored a touchdown on a 20-yard fumble return in the third quarter against Southern Mississippi. aslitz@herald-leader.com

The liveblog is back.

And Kentucky football is back. It’s the 2017 season opener. For the Cats, the starting line is at M.M. Roberts Stadium, home of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. It’s a 4 p.m. ET kickoff on the CBS Sports Network.

Both teams finished 7-6 last season. Kentucky lost to Georgia Tech in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Southern Miss beat Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl. In fact, as you’ve probably heard, Kentucky and Southern Miss played last year in Lexington. That was the 2016 season opener. Kentucky led 35-17 at halftime. Southern Miss won 44-35. This is the rematch.

And we will be inside “The Rock” blogging live. Join in with your questions and comments. Use your Facebook or Twitter log-in and your comments appear automatically. Or you can just use the regular sign-in box.

Live Blog Liveblog: Kentucky-Southern Miss football
 

Links to get you ready for UK-USM

Stephen Johnson leads Kentucky football into opener, with Drew Barker waiting

Can Kentucky’s defense stop the run at Southern Miss?

John Clay podcast: Jennifer Smith talks UK football

What does UK football need to do to continue recruiting success?

College football on television: Huge opening weekend

How Kentucky and Southern Miss match up, with a game prediction

Sihiem King is ready to seize his moment

A guide to the UK opener at Southern Miss

John Clay podcast: Southern Miss preview

Southern Miss names its starting quarterback for opener

Kentucky-Southern Miss 2016 stats comparisons

Category

Kentucky

So Miss

Scoring offense

30.3

32.8

Scoring offense rank

58

41

Total offense

420.2

472.8

Total offense rank

61

21

Rushing offense

234.2

174.5

Rushing offense rank

20

62

Pass efficiency

186.1

139.1

Pass efficiency rank

70

38

Scoring defense

31.3

29.5

Scoring defense rank

86

74

Total defense

434.2

324.8

Total defense rank

85

15

Rushing defense

228.2

149.9

Rushing defense rank

110

46

Pass efficiency defense

131.9

129.4

Pass efficiency defense rank

74

64

Third-down offense

39.1

40.9

Third-down offense rank

78

61

Third-down defense

44.4

24.0

Third-down defense rank

106

2

Net punting

34.6

40.5

Net punting rank

115

12

Penalty yards per game

46.5

64.5

Penalty yards per game rank

36

109

Turnover margin

-0.5

-1.3

Turnover margin rank

107

125

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