Thumbs up, thumbs down: How UK lost to LSU

October 1, 2011 

First quarter

LSU 7, Kentucky 3

Summary: The UK run defense came out strong but LSU went to the air, completing three key passes for 61 yards. LSU scored on fourth down inside the 1. The UK defense played well but the offense could not even manage a first down and had 12 yards of offense.

Thumbs up: UK held LSU to 12 yards on 11 rushes.

Thumbs down: UK's first pass? Dropped by Matt Roark. Familiar sight.

Second quarter

LSU 14, Kentucky 0

Summary: LSU frosh Odell Beckham Jr. broke loose on 51-yard TD catch. A tired UK defense kept battling. It took 20 minutes for UK to get a first down. It took more than 29 minutes for UK to complete a pass. Josh Clemons ran for 40 yards. UK had 45 yards total.

Thumbs up: The defense stepped up and played winning football.

Thumbs down: The offense did nothing.

Third quarter

LSU 28, Kentucky 0

Summary: Not surprising as LSU started to wear down UK defense, grinding out 68-yard drive to start the half. UK freshman QB Maxwell Smith started the half. On his second possession, he fumbled after being sandwiched on a sack and LSU ran it in for TD.

Thumbs up: Josh Clemons looked like a legit SEC back.

Thumbs down: UK has been outscored 111-0 in last 11 quarters at LSU.

Fourth quarter

LSU 35, Kentucky 7

Summary: The UK defense was beaten down and the offense kept struggling. Newton came back in at quarterback and UK added a meaningless late TD when Roark caught his first career TD.

Thumbs up: UK got its first score at LSU since 1998.

Thumbs down: LSU's defense is good but UK made it look like the '86 Bears.

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