Quarter by quarter: How Kentucky won

September 2, 2011 

FirstquarterSummary: All Western Kentucky early. UK had six yards on its first six plays, including a Morgan Newton interception which gave WKU the ball at the UK 32. The UK defense held but WKU went up 3-0 at the 6:41 mark. UK's lone first down came on a penalty.

Thumbs up: UK's defense showed some of the pressure that was part of the pre-season hype.

Thumbs down: Offense? 6 yards. No run game. No protection. Poor QB play. Dropped passes.

secondquarterSummary: WKU missed a 34-yard field goal. It took UK almost 19 minutes to complete a pass. A big Ryan Tydlacka 59-yard punt flipped field position and Winston Guy's interception set up a 14-yard TD run by Josh Clemons. UK managed 35 yards for the half.

Thumbs up: The new defense seems to fit Winston Guy. He was everywhere.

Thumbs down: All pre-season, UK talked about chemistry. Then it came out flat. Unexplainable.thirdquarterSummary: A Martavius Neloms hit led to a Ronnie Sneed interception at the WKU 47 but UK's offense sputtered and sputtered (75 yards of offense). Tydlacka punts of 49 and 52 yards kept WKU pinned down. Newton hit Gene McCaskill for 34 yards to end quarter.

Thumbs up: Tydlacka was Tim Masthay-like. He had two more punts than Newton completions.

Thumbs down: UK's strength was expected to be its offensive line. It established no run game.fourthquarterSummary: Newton started the quarter with a pair of interceptions but the defense held. Then Newton broke loose for a 58-yard run on 3rd-and-14. UK went up 14-3 when Newton hit La'Rod King for a 31-yard TD. Western never showed the passing attack needed to come back.Thumbs up: 1-0.Thumbs down: UK entered the opener wondering if it has any playmakers. Still wondering.

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