Bowl Week: Kentucky vs. Clemson
Clemson running back C.J. Spiller.
Clemson running back C.J. Spiller.
KSR Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 26, 2009


Kentucky takes on Clemson in the Music City Bowl at L.P. Field on Sunday December 27th, 2009. The Wildcats are looking for their fourth straight bowl victory and second against Clemson in the last four years.

University of Kentucky
vs
University of Clemson

When: Sunday December 27th, 2009
7:30 P.M. Eastern
Where: Nashville, TN - L.P. Field - Music City Bowl

Clemson Schedule
9/5 - vs Middle Tennessee State - W 37-14
9/10 - at Georgia Tech - L 30-27
9/19 - vs Boston College - W 25-7
9/26 - vs Texas Christian - L 14-10
10/3 - at Maryland - L 24-21
10/17 - vs Wake Forest - W 38-3
10/24 - at Miami (Fl.) - W 40-37
10/31 - vs Coastal Carolina - W 49-3
11/7 - vs Florida State - W 40-24
11/14 - at North Carolina State - W 43-23
11/21 - vs Virginia - W 34-21
11/28 - at South Carolina - L 34-17
12/5 - vs Georgia Tech - L 39-34
12/27 - vs Kentucky 8:30 P.M. Eastern

Record: 8-5 (6-3)

Offense
Passing:
Kyle Parker - 197 of 355 - 2385 yards - 19 TDs - 12 INT
Rushing:
C.J. Spiller - 201 rushes, 1145 yards, 11 TDs
Receiving:
Jacoby Ford - 53 rec - 735 yards - 5 TDs

Defense
Tackles:
Brandon Maye - 44 solo, 51 assisted - 8 tfl
Sacks:
Ricky Sapp - 5 sacks
Interceptions:
DeAndre McDaniel - 8 int, 1 TD

Team Statistics Rushing Offense - 169.6 ypg
Passing Offense - 195.9 ypg
Total Offense - 365.5 ypg
Scoring Offense - 31.9 ppg
Rushing Defense - 150.3 ypg
Passing Defense - 166.8 ypg
Total Defense - 317.15 ypg
Scoring Defense - 21 ppg
Turnover Margin - + .4

The Breakdown With Kentucky's problems against the run this year, Clemson will try to establish the run game. This is obvious since Clemson is a very good running team behind C.J. Spiller. Aside from Spiller, Andre Ellington has been a productive back with limited carries. Kyle Parker will also test the Wildcat defense through the air with wide receiver Jacoby Ford and tight end Michael Palmer. A key match-up will be Palmer and Spiller against Kentucky's linebackers. With Kentucky short a starter at linebacker (Maxwell out with shoulder surgery), Clemson will try to take advantage.

Defensively, Clemson has given up rushing yards to strong running teams like Georgia Tech (twice) and TCU. But they have had great passing defense all season. Kentucky will have to produce against the Tigers' defense in the air. Morgan Newton or Mike Hartline will have to be able to get the ball down field to Randall Cobb, Chris Matthews and LaRod King. Kentucky's rushing offense has been built around both Cobb in the Wildcat and Locke in the backfield, but Clemson will likely force Kentucky to throw the ball more.

If Kentucky can complete passes downfield, they will likely score consistently in the game. However, Kentucky will have to stop the big play from Spiller and at the same time keep Parker's passing offense in check.


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