Recapping Kentucky's 59-14 win over Tennessee-Martin at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.
FIRST HALF SUMMARY
Patrick Towles completed his four passes but the game-opening drive by UK stalled at the UT Martin 35-yard line. On UK's second drive, a 44-yard strike from Towles to Javess Blue set up a 2-yard TD run by Jojo Kemp. The UK offense looked sharp. It was 14-0 when Nebraska transfer Braylon Heard popped his first UK carry for 73 yards. The next time Heard touched the ball, he went 43 yards for a score. A 90-yard TD drive ended with 29-yard pass to freshman Blake Bone. A 91-yard drive ended with an 18-yard TD run by freshman Mikel Horton.
Halftime: Kentucky 35, Tennessee-Martin 0.
Thumbs up: The UK offense was fast, effective and used a lot of weapons.
Thumbs down: It is being picky, but at times UK looked a little soft up the middle on defense.
SECOND HALF SUMMARY
UK's J.D. Harmon forced a fumble on the second-half kickoff but the Cats failed to take advantage. A Fred Tiller interception got the ball back for the Cats. This time, Towles got loose and ran 23 yards for a score, marking the first time since 2008 UK rushed for five scores. An Austin MacGinnis field goal made it 45-0. A 79-yard completion set that up, most of it coming from DeMarco Robinson after the catch. The next UK score came when freshman Kendall Randolph forced a fumble and Khalid Henderson romped 89 yards to score. It was 52-0 after three quarters.
Final: Kentucky 59, Tennessee-Martin 14.
Thumbs up: Patrick Towles: It was a nice debut for the sophomore quarterback who won the job in a close battle. He was 20-for-29 passing for 377 yards, no interceptions, 30 yards rushing and no sacks.
Thumbs down: Kentucky did not get its first shutout since 2009 (but the defense did make big plays).