Quarter by quarter: How Western Ky. won

September 15, 2012 

  • Kentucky at Louisville

    When: Noon Saturday

    TV: ESPN2

    Records: Louisville 8-3 (5-3 ACC); Kentucky 5-6 (2-6 SEC)

    Series: Kentucky leads 14-12

    Line: Louisville by 12½

First quarter

Summary: Maxwell Smith was intercepted for the first time this year and Western started on its own 41. WKU settled for a 23-yard field goal. A 51-yard DeMarcus Sweat kickoff return gave UK the ball at the Western 45, but it went three-and-out. Avery Williamson's interception gave UK the ball at the WKU 48 but Smith was picked off again.

Thumbs up: The UK defense was solid, including stopping WKU on fourth-and-inches at the UK 41.

Thumbs down: Poor start by UK's offense. Two picks and no points after twice starting in WKU territory.

WKU 3, UK 0

Second quarter

Summary: UK failed to convert fourth-and-1 at the Western 29. WKU churned out 71 yards on 12 plays, scoring on a 1-yard run by Antonio Andrews. Smith was picked off a third time, this one returned to the UK 2. Andrews scored again. Smith hit six straight passes and UK scored with a 65-yard drive. UK ended the half with a 47-yard Craig McIntosh field goal.

Thumbs up: Down and seemingly out trailing 17-0, UK scored 10 points in the final 3:01.

Thumbs down: The Sun Belt's Western Kentucky physically whipped up on the SEC boys.

WKU 17, UK 10

Third quarter

Summary: Andrews punished UK on the ground, and a 12-play, 75-yard drive ended on a 10-yard TD pass. Smith marched UK 84 yards on 12 plays, finishing it with a 15-yard TD pass to Jonathan George. The UK defense forced WKU into its first three-and-out this year and Smith was hot as the third quarter ended, going 18-for-21 after the third interception.

Thumbs up: George showed some nifty runs from scrimmage and after catches.

Thumbs down: Is it correct UK did not recruit Mr. Football Antonio Andrews?

WKU 24, UK 17

Fourth quarter/OT

Summary: Smith was picked off again by Jonathan Dowling, and UK came up empty twice in WKU territory. UK's last chance started at its own 23, with 2:14 left. A pass interference call, a third-down catch by Daryl Collins and a 22-yard strike to Sweat tied it 24-24 and forced OT. After George scored for UK, Western won it on a two-point conversion.

Thumbs up: Western for the gutsy call on the game-winning two-point conversion.

Thumbs down: Climb the SEC ladder? UK is now third-best in its state.

WKU 32, UK 31 (OT)

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