Why he’s good
Sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles has been a key piece to Kentucky’s surprising 5-1 start. Towles, who redshirted last season, has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,541 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. Add his running ability — he has carried 60 times for 112 yards and two scores — and it’s safe to say the Wildcats have something of a dual-threat option. LSU has struggled against mobile quarterbacks this season, including Dak Prescott, Nick Marshall and Jeff Driskel, Towles could give the LSU defense another tough test.
For as productive as Towles has been in 2014, the majority of his best performances have come at home. Unfortunately for him, Kentucky is playing in Tiger Stadium this weekend. At home, Towles has a 146.6 passer rating. On the road, that rating drops to 130.8. Three of his four totalinterceptions have come away from Commonwealth Stadium.
Number to know
Towles tends to start off quickly, completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 977 yards and five touchdowns in the first half. He has completed only 53.9 percent of his passes for 564 yards and five touchdowns (plus three interceptions) in the second half and overtime.
By the numbers
11— Interceptions the Kentucky defense has made this season, tying for second-best in the SEC.
18— Victories, out of 26 games, Les Miles has against SEC East teams during his 10-year tenure.
29— LSU opponents’ third-down conversion percentage, tied for third-best in the conference.