Notes: Matthews plays big with 12 catches

UK receiver uses height to his advantage

ccosby@herald-leader.comOctober 17, 2010 

Chris Matthews jumped over South Carolina safety Akeem Auguste and into the end zone after a 38-yard reception in the fourth quarter. The score got UK, which went on to upset the Gamecocks in Lexington, within 28-23 with 13:09 to play.


South Carolina didn't have an answer for Kentucky's Chris Matthews, as the 6-foot-5 senior had a career night with 12 receptions for 177 yards and a touchdown. Matthews' 12 receptions tied for the second-most in a game in UK history. The last time was by Dicky Lyons Jr., vs. Middle Tennessee on Sept. 13, 2008.

"All he did is go out there and make play after play after play, especially on third down. I think that's big," Kentucky Coach Joker Phillips said. "When you're 6-5, I told you guys when you're 6-5, 6-4, doesn't matter how tight they are, you're open when it's a 5-9 guy (defending you). He made a huge play on the dig route when they're all over him and a safety breathing down his neck. That's what their guy does. We expect Chris to make those plays."

About the only thing Matthews did wrong was get a personal-foul penalty that took UK out of field-goal range in the first half.

"If he gets another personal foul, he's going to have to deal with me," Phillips said with a laugh.

Locke sits out

UK played without starting tailback Derrick Locke, who sat out with a stinger. Donald Russell stepped in and had 18 carries for 41 yards and caught seven passes for 70 yards.

Kentucky was also without defensive end DeQuin Evans, who sat out with a sprained ankle.

"I don't know if you guys heard anybody on this football team talking about Derrick Locke being out," Phillips said. "I love Locke to death, but we've got to run 11 out there. Nobody said anything about DeQuin Evans. Our football team just rolled their sleeves up and went to battle."


■ UK quarterback Mike Hartline became the eighth player in UK history to reach 4,000 yards passing in his career. Hartline has 4,293 career passing yards, seventh on UK's all-time list. He needs 58 passing yards to tie Babe Parilli (1949-51) for sixth place.

■ Randall Cobb has 33 touchdowns in his career, the most in UK history. Cobb also tied a career high in receptions with eight in the game, becoming the 12th player in school history with at least 100 receptions.

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