Quarter by quarter: How Kentucky won

September 19, 2010 

First quarter

Summary: Kentucky quickly went ahead 3-0, and then it was mostly sloppy offense the rest of the quarter. Akron missed several long open pass attempts while the Wildcats had dropped passes and costly penalties.

Thumbs up: LCA grad Craig McIntosh kicked a 32-yard field goal on his first college attempt.

Thumbs down: Kentucky twice failed in fourth-and-short yardage situations.

Second quarter

Summary: An emotionally charged Coach Joker Phillips tried to fire up what seemed like a flat Kentucky team. It must have worked as the Wildcats answered with 17 consecutive points after Akron tied the game 3-3. UK outgained Akron 150-8 in the quarter.

Thumbs up: After Akron scored at the 11:35 mark, the Zips had minus-16 yards of offense.

Thumbs down: Facing second-and-2 at the Akron 5, UK settled for a 33-yard field goal.

Third quarter

Summary: Kentucky came out and took care of business, scoring on its first three possessions. The ground attack was dominating as the Wildcats ran for 141 yards in the quarter. Derrick Locke had 105 yards and two TDs in the third period alone.

Thumbs up: Locke became the seventh UK player ever to rush for more than 2,000 yards.

Thumbs down: Akron receivers continued to get behind the Kentucky secondary.

Fourth quarter

Summary: It was a glimpse into the future with the starters sitting. The Cats' running game looks in good hands as Donald Russell, Raymond Sanders and CoShik Williams all showed flashes. Akron scored its only touchdown with 1:31 remaining.

Thumbs up: Kentucky has not turned over the ball yet this season.

Thumbs down: The 10th-ranked Florida Gators and The Swamp are up next for Kentucky.

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