Quarter by quarter: How Kentucky won

November 27, 2011 

First quarter

Summary: Senior receiver Matt Roark, who had never played QB at UK, started in place of injured Maxwell Smith and Morgan Newton. It worked early. UK ground out a 15-play, eight-minute drive to go up 3-0. UK kept the ball for almost 10 minutes and UT ran only 10 plays.

Thumbs up: The Roark Experiment made for the most entertaining quarter of the year.

Thumbs down: Catching UT by surprise, UK needed a TD on the first drive but got a field goal.

Second quarter

Summary: UT started playing the run and the UK offense stalled, but UT missed a field goal early in the quarter. Showing no ability to pass, UK could not move the ball, but the defense kept coming up big. At the half, UT had 129 yards to 99 for UK.

Thumbs up: UK's defense held UT scoreless for the first time in a first half since 2008.

Thumbs down: The Cats had a receiver at QB, and fans booed them for not throwing enough.

Third quarter

Summary: UK was not able to capitalize on a Ronnie Sneed interception at the UT 34. UT drove to the UK 8, but a mishandled shotgun snap was recovered by Collins Ukwu at the 23. Suddenly, Roark had runs of 24 and 26 yards, and UK ended the quarter at the UT 7.

Thumbs up: The all-Roark performance will be one fans will talk about for years.

Thumbs down: Three points after the Sneed interception would have helped.

Fourth quarter

Summary: UK went up 10-0 at 10:42 by completing a 77-yard drive with CoShik Williams' 6-yard run. A loud UK crowd was silenced when UT made it 10-7. But the UK defense held twice, and Taiedo Smith's interception on fourth-and-17 sealed it. The fans stormed in celebration.

Thumbs up: After 26 years, the streak is over. The streak is over. The streak is over.

Thumbs down: A victory for the ages, but a second straight losing season for Kentucky.

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