Extra Points: How Western Kentucky beat Kentucky

August 31, 2013 

  • Tennessee at Kentucky

    When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30

    TV: ESPNU

    Records: Kentucky 2-9 (0-7 SEC); Tennessee 4-7 (1-6)

Recapping Kentucky's 35-26 loss to Western Kentucky in Nashville:

FIRST HALF

Summary: Western was the better team from the outset, taking the kickoff and going 75 yards in nine plays for 7-0 lead. Thanks to a WKU turnover, UK made it 7-3. Otherwise it was all Western early as it outgained UK 176-46 in the first quarter. UK's "Air Raid" offense found success on the ground and a 19-yard TD run by Jalen Whitlow made it 14-10. Bobby Petrino's offense had its way but dropped passes, and turnovers kept UK alive. Halftime: WKU 21, UK 17.

Thumbs up: You could see why Mark Stoops has been praising Raymond Sanders.

Thumbs down: Antonio Andrews is really good, but UK made him look like Adrian Peterson.

Worthy of a replay: A 50-yard run by Whitlow set up UK's second touchdown.

SECOND HALF

Summary: UK had chances to gain momentum, but the offense could not capitalize. Western went to the run, setting up a 9-yard TD pass for a 28-17 lead after three quarters. Leon Allen, a Western backup, started gashing the UK defense and the Hilltoppers took control. Maxwell Smith entered the game but Stoops got his first taste of a few boos when UK settled for a field goal — making it 35-20 with 9:52 left. A TD pass to DeMarco Robinson made it 35-26 with 1:37, left but Joe Mansour missed the extra point. Final: WKU 35, UK 26.

Thumbs up: Smith provided hope for the passing attack.

Thumbs down: The UK offense was unable to generate points when needed in the third quarter.

Worthy of a replay: The crushing hit by Western Kentucky's Andrew Jackson on Jonathan George to stop a UK drive.

TALKING POINTS

■ We were told UK would play two quarterbacks. Smith sat until the fourth quarter when UK trailed 35-17, then rallied the Cats. The quarterback controversy is on.

■ Whitlow ran for 72 yards but erased no questions about his passing.

■ Defensive front was said to be UK's strength. Western ran at will and UK had no pass rush.

■ Western dominated the line of scrimmage. It's scary to think what happens against Louisville and SEC teams.

■ Hiring a coach with a defensive reputation doesn't automatically fix a defense.

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

■ Western's Brandon Doughty completed 27 of 34 passes. Several were dropped.

■ Two Western Kentucky backs ran for more than 90 yards.

■ First quarter: Western Kentucky 176 yards, Kentucky 46.

■ First half: The "Air Raid" offense passed for 16 yards.

■ In his first series, Smith threw for 73 yards. Whitlow threw for 78 in the game.

■ Kentucky committed 10 penalties.

LOOKING AHEAD

Miami (Ohio) comes to town for Mark Stoops' home debut. Will Commonwealth Stadium be filled?

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