Extra Points: How Kentucky beat Miami (Ohio)

September 7, 2013 

FIRST HALF

Summary: This was the up-tempo "Air Raid" offense fans expected. UK scored 24 points in the first 13 minutes. UK alternated quarterbacks Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow almost by the play, and it worked smoothly. The sirens did not stop as Smith hit Jonathan George for a 48-yard TD completion and it was 17-0. A fumbled punt by Daryl Collins handed Miami a score. Smith threw for 177 yards in the first quarter. The UK defense limited Miami to 73 yards in the first half. Halftime: Kentucky 31, Miami (Ohio) 7.

Thumbs up: Neal Brown's play-calling.

Thumbs down: Kentucky's special-teams play on punts.

Worthy of a replay: Facing second-and-25, Smith and Javess Blue hooked up for an 88-yard touchdown strike.

SECOND HALF

Summary: It's rare Kentucky enters the second half with a game already decided, at least in its favor. The Kentucky offense seemed to lose focus, but Miami did not have enough firepower to mount any type of comeback. It was an uneventful, scoreless third quarter. Whitlow brought some life to the UK offense, driving to a Joe Mansour field goal. Then Smith came back in and quickly hit passes for 37 and 56 yards. Final: Kentucky 41, Miami (Ohio) 7.

Thumbs up: The Kentucky defense limited Miami to 122 total yards and no scores on the afternoon. Miami passed for 23 yards.

Thumbs down: UK has to clean up its penalties.

Worthy of a replay: Smith's completion to freshman Jeff Badet — who spun out of a tackle — for a 56-yard touchdown.

TALKING POINTS

■ New coach Mark Stoops' recruits (Ryan Timmons, Javess Blue, Za'Darius Smith, Jeff Badet, etc.) had their footprints all over this one.

■ Did Kentucky improve that much in one week, or is Miami that bad?

■ Kentucky must eliminate mistakes in the kicking game.

■ Will we see more of freshman running back Jojo Kemp?

■ The defense looked MUCH better than against Western Kentucky, but can it even contain Louisville?

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

■ By the time Miami had a first down, UK had 24 points, 272 yards and 10 first downs.

■ Stoops' recruits accounted for 434 of UK's 675 total yards.

■ At one point, UK had 269 passing yards to 2 for Miami.

■ UK's 410 yards in the first half was more than in all but three games last year.

■ Miami converted one of 16 third-down plays. UK averaged 9.1 yards a play, Miami 2.1.

LOOKING AHEAD

Louisville and Heisman hopeful Teddy Bridgewater visit Commonwealth. Following are games against SEC powers Florida, South Carolina and Alabama.

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