Know thy foe: Kentucky

Patrick Towles threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 76 yards and two more scores against Mississippi State last season. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

Patrick Towles threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 76 yards and two more scores against Mississippi State last season. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

Game day: Oct. 24 at Davis Wade Stadium (61,337) in Starkville

Series: Tied 21-21. MSU leads 11-6 in Starkville.

Last meeting: MSU won 45-31 in Lexington in 2014.

Head coach: Mark Stoops, 7-17 in two years at Kentucky and overall.

2014 Record: 5-7, 2-6 SEC

W TENNESSEE-MARTIN 59-14

W OHIO 20-3

L at Florida (3 OT) 36-30

W VANDERBILT 17-7

W SOUTH CAROLINA 45-38

W LOUISIANA-MONROE 48-14

L at LSU 41-3

L MISSISSIPPI STATE 45-31

L at Missouri 20-10

L GEORGIA 63-31

L at Tennessee 50-16

L at Louisville 44-40

Returning starters:

Offense (6)

QB Patrick Towles, 6-5, 240, Jr., 225 of 393 passes for 2,718 yards, 14 TD, 9 INT; 145 carries for 303 yards, 6 TD; 1 catch for 11 yards

WR Ryan Timmons, 5-10, 192, Jr., 45 catches for 536 yards, 2 TD

LT Jordan Swindle, 6-7, 309, Sr.

LG Zach West, 6-4, 305, Sr.

C Jon Toth, 6-5, 310, Jr.

RT Kyle Meadows, 6-5, 298, So.

Defense (9)

NT Melvin Lewis, 6-4, 332, Sr., 37 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 0.5 sack, 1 FF

NT Matt Elam, 6-7, 360, So., 10 tackles, 2 PBU

LB Jason Hatcher, 6-3, 252, Jr., 28 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks

LB Josh Forrest, 6-3, 255, Sr., 110 tackles, 8 TFL, 1 sack, 2 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FF

LB Khalid Henderson, 6-1, 235, Sr., 53 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 PBU, 1 FF, 2 FR

CB Fred Tiller, 6-0, 180, Sr., 46 tackles, 1 TFL, 0.5 sack, 2 INT, 9 PBU

CB Cody Quinn, 5-10, 180, Sr., 35 tackles, 6 PBU

CB Blake McClain, 5-11, 195, Jr., 28 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks, 7 PBU

FS A.J. Stamps, 6-0, 205, Sr., 56 tackles, 1 TFL, 4 INT, 5 PBU

Special Teams (2)

K Austin MacGinnis, 5-10, 175, So., 21 of 27 FG, long 54

P Landon Foster, 6-1, 178, Sr., 66 punts for 2,810 yards (avg. 42.6), long 60

2015 Schedule

Sept. 5 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

Sept. 12 at South Carolina

Sept. 19 FLORIDA

Sept. 26 MISSOURI

Oct. 3 EASTERN KENTUCKY

Oct. 15 AUBURN

Oct. 24 at Mississippi State

Oct. 31 TENNESSEE

Nov. 7 at Georgia

Nov. 14 at Vanderbilt

Nov. 21 CHARLOTTE

Nov. 28 LOUISVILLE

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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