UK football notes: LSU's Miles says win avenged 2007 defeat

jclay@herald-leader.comOctober 2, 2011 

Les Miles admitted he was thinking of the Tigers' 2007 loss to Kentucky when then top-ranked LSU lost to the Cats at Commonwealth Stadium.

"I told them to repay the debt of the 2007 team," said the LSU coach afterward. "We were ranked one, then we went to Kentucky and finished second in the ball game. I think they took that to heart. They did that for Glenn Dorsey, Matt Flynn, Jacob Hester and the rest of the 2007 team that was checking the score today. Overall, it was a good day of work."

■ Since beating LSU in 2007, Kentucky is 24-26.

■ After giving up the most rushing yards in a single game since 1994 last week to Florida, the UK defense held LSU to 179 yards and 3.9 yards per carry on the ground.

"We came out and we felt like we had them," said linebacker Ronnie Sneed. "We were here to fight, we were showing them and playing them pretty tough. It just sort of got away from us. Not pointing fingers at anybody; it's a team effort. We just have to get better."

■ Morgan Newton completed six of 20 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown for a pass efficiency rating of 70.4. He had a 69.2 rating in the opening-game win over Western Kentucky when he hit on seven of 18 passes for 97 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

■ Injury report: Defensive tackle Mark Crawford, returning from a four-game suspension, sprained his left shoulder.

Linebacker/defensive end Ridge Wilson will have his right finger X-rayed.

Backup quarterback Maxwell Smith, who played the third quarter, injured his back and jaw.

■ Head coach Joker Phillips said that despite starting Smith in the second half that Newton remains the starting quarterback. It was Newton who directed UK's only scoring drive, a 70-yard march in the fourth quarter.

"Morgan made a couple of plays down the stretch, but he's got to play better than he's playing right now," Phillips said. "He's got to play faster. He's holding the ball way too long. We gave up five sacks again today. We can say it's all the offensive line, but some of that has to come on the quarterback."

■ Before scoring with 4:22 left, Kentucky had been outscored 118-0 over its last 11 quarters at Tiger Stadium.

■ Kentucky trailed 14-0 at the half. The Cats have not led at the half in any of the 10 conference games it has played with Phillips as head coach.

■ Kentucky did not pick up its initial first down until the second quarter.

■ LSU's Tyrann Mathieu, who forced a Maxwell Smith fumble then returned it 23 yards for a touchdown, has forced a school-record nine fumbles in his 18 games. He has recovered five of those nine fumbles.

■ LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal in his first action after being re-instated to the team this week.

■ Kentucky is now 3-10 all-time in games against teams ranked No. 1 in the AP poll.

■ Wideout Matt Roark caught his first career touchdown pass. His 4-yard grab of a Newton pass in the fourth quarter averted the shutout.

■ True freshman tailback Josh Clemons had a career-high 21 carries. He gained 69 yards.

Reach John Clay at 859-231-3226 or 1-800-950-6397, ext. 3226, or jclay@herald-leader.com. Read his blog at Kentucky.com.

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