LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The numbers sometimes lie, and you can't always trust statistics, but one thing about them is certain: Once you start crunching numbers, you never know where they will take you. In that spirit, here are some numbers to think about heading into Sunday's rivalry game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville:
0 -- Number of college games played by U of L's corps of punters and place-kickers.
0-2 -- UK's record in games played on Sept. 2. The last Sept. 2 game UK played was a 40-34 overtime loss to the Cardinals in 2000, a game delayed by lightning. The Wildcats took a lead to the locker room for the delay, but U of L took control afterward for the upset win.
1.1 -- Net yards per carry for UK in last season's game against U of L.
2-4 -- U of L's non-conference record last season.
2-7 -- U of L's record when trailing at halftime under Strong. (They're 1-9 when trailing after three quarters.) The Cardinals are 10-2 when leading after the first quarter.
3 -- Number of U of L players from Lexington (Dominique Dishman, Tobijah Hughley and Roy Philon). Also the number of former U of L assistant coaches on the UK staff (Greg Nord, Mike Summers, Mike Cassity).
3-4 -- Amount of rainfall, in inches, that could hit the area by the end of the day Monday as the remnants of Isaac move through, according to WDRB meteorologist Marc Weinberg's latest weather blog.
4 -- Number of teams who gave up only one run of 30 yards or more all of last season. U of L was one of them (Michigan State, South Florida and Louisiana Tech were the others). Also the number of UK players to study in the Czech Republic last summer (Aaron Boyd, E.J. Fields, Tristian Johnson and Trevino Woods.)
5 -- Number of Louisville natives on UK's roster (Thomas Chapman, Mister Cobble, Steven Duff, Max Godby and Matt Smith). Also the number of graduates on U of L's roster (Alex Kupper, Daniel Brown, Will Stein, Nick Heuser and Nate Nord all are working on Masters' Degrees) and the number of U of L players who have changed positions. Aaron Epps went from TE to OT, Charles Gaines from CB to WR, Kamal Hogan from RB to S, Jalen Harrington from S to LB and Zed Evans from RB to S.
6-3 -- UK's record in the series in games played in Louisville.
7.3 -- Yards per carry for U of L running back Jeremy Wright in the game between the teams last season (7 carries, 51 yards).
8 -- Number of players U of L has already lost for the season because of injury (Sid Anvoots, Tyon Dixon, Will Gardner, Michaelee Harris, Hunter Stout, Chris Walker, Jordan Whiting, Chris Zelli.) Anvoots has a back injury and Dixon a foot injury. The rest were knee injuries.
8-1 -- UK's record under Joker Phillips when it has won the turnover battle. (It has been 1-9 when turning it over more than its opponent, and 2-4 when the margin is tied.)
9 -- National ranking of U of L safety Hakeem Smith among NCAA active career leaders for solo tackles per game (4.7). Also the number of true freshmen on U of L's two-deep.
10 -- Number of scholarship seniors for U of L. Only eight teams in the nation have fewer.
10-4 -- U of L's record in season-openers in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (they are 49-39-5 in season openers all-time and have won 10 of their past 13).
10-8 -- U of L's lead in the series since it resumed in 1994.
11 -- National ranking of UK kicker Craig McIntosh among NCAA active career leaders in percentage of field goals made (79.31).
13 -- The VegasInsider.com consensus point spread for Sunday's game, with U of L the favorite. Also the number of tackles for loss for U of L in last season's victory.
14 -- Number of combined catches for La'Rod King and E.J. Fields in last season's meeting between the two teams. (King had 7 catches for 84 yards, Fields had 7 for 57.) Also the number of fourth-quarter comeback victories by UK over the past six seasons.
14-10 -- UK's lead in the overall series.
17 -- Number of former UK players on NFL rosters.
18 -- Starters returning for U of L (10 defense, 8 offense). UK returns 11 starters.
18.9 -- Yards per catch for U of L receiver Andrell Smith last season. Of his 11 receptions, four went for more than 20 yards.
21 -- U of L's national ranking in sacks last season, after ranking sixth nationally in 2010.
24 -- Number of former U of L players on NFL rosters.
28.5 -- Scoring average for U of L in its final six games last season (it scored 16.3 in its first seven).
39-182-5 -- UK's all-time record against ranked opponents.
42 -- The VegasInsider.com consensus over/under for Sunday's game.
67 -- Kentucky natives on the two rosters (U of L 37, UK 30).
91 -- Rushing yards for U of L's Dominique Brown in last year's meeting.
96 -- U of L 's national ranking in penalties last season. It was flagged for 6.92 per game.
113 -- U of L's national ranking in sacks allowed last season, only seven teams allowed more than the Cardinals' 3.15 per game. UK ranked 104th in the same category.
140 -- The rushing yardage target for U of L. The Cardinals were 4-0 last season when they reached that number, 3-6 when they didn't.
160 -- Number of consecutive games U of L has played without being shut out (last time -- a 32-0 loss at Florida State on Sept. 23, 2000).
287.5 -- Average weight, in pounds, of starting U of L defensive tackles Roy Philon and Brandon Dunn. The average weight of their back-ups? 295 pounds.
323 -- Average weight, in pounds, of starting UK defensive tackles Donte Rumpf and Mister Cobble. The average weight of their back-ups? 265.5 pounds.
700 -- Number of hours of volunteer community service U of L players performed during the spring semester, including helping with tornado relief in Southern Indiana, hosting a survivor clinic for children battling cancer, and working with the Boys and Girls Club, Brooklawn Family Services, the YMCA Safe Place and Down Syndrome of Louisville.
2,060 -- Number of tickets UK returned from its allotment (of 5,500) for the game. (U of L said it sold the remaining tickets -- at a lower cost than UK could charge -- in 14 minutes.)
$23,000 -- Cost of the Governor's Cup trophy, donated by Kroger. It stands 33 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds.
43,432 -- Number of season tickets sold by U of L, a school record.
55,000 -- Seating capacity of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The game is sold out.
$1,854,126 -- Salary of U of L coach Charlie Strong in 2011. (U of L assistants made $2,874,732.)
$1,926,842 -- Salary of UK coach Joker Phillips in 2011. (UK assistants made $2,842,503.)
$12,055,377 -- Football operating expenses by UK in 2011.
$15,582,160 -- Football operating expenses by U of L in 2011.
$25,658,653 -- Football revenue for U of L in 2011.
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