Quarter by quarter: How Kentucky won

September 12, 2010 

First quarter

Summary: It took Western Kentucky three plays to score following the opening kickoff, then UK marched 66 yards in 11 plays. It was an early sign of an offensive explosion. The Hilltoppers outgained the Wildcats, 93 yards to 92.

Thumbs up: Walk-on DT Luke McDermott intercepted a pass to give UK the ball at the WKU 10.

Thumbs down: On the game's third play, WKU's Bobby Rainey ran for a career-long 59-yard TD.

Second quarter

Summary: Kentucky took control of the game. The Wildcats scored on each possession of the quarter. Mike Hartline (13-for-15 passing for 141 yards in first half) engineered a balanced UK offense while Western Kentucky had 2 yards of offense in the quarter.

Thumbs up: Randall Cobb had a 50-yard TD punt return, a 15-yard TD pass and 40-yard catch.

Thumbs down: UK gave up a 90-yard kickoff return by Willie McNeal for a TD.

Third quarter

Summary: WKU doubled its first-half yardage with 108 in the quarter. UK had trouble containing Rainey (153 yards rushing by the end of three). The UK offense kept rolling, totaling 400 yards by the end of the quarter. Backup QB Morgan Newton was in by quarter's end.

Thumbs up: UK's Derrick Locke went over 100 yards for the second straight week.

Thumbs down: UK came out flat on defense. WKU started with a nine-play, 80-yard drive.

Fourth quarter

Summary: The outcome was not in doubt so it was a chance to look at some backups. Quarterbacks Newton and Ryan Mossakowski both led touchdown drives. Newton especially looked good when he rolled out and completed a 41-yard pass.Thumbs up: Freshman Raymond Sanders looked promising with a pair of TD runs.Thumbs down: There's not a lot to complain about, but the defense showed it has work to do.

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