Freshman Randall Cobb and sophomore Mike Hartline both saw action at quarterback in Kentucky's 14-13 win on Saturday.
Cobb got his first career start, finishing with 7-for-13 passing for 56 yards with a touchdown and interception while rushing for 31 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown.
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Cobb's day got off to an inauspicious start, as he went three-and-out on his first series. He was sacked for a five-yard loss on his first play from scrimmage, and on third-and-5 he didn't see John Conner wide open on the left flat and had to keep it for no gain.
Brooks went with Hartline on Kentucky's fourth series after Cobb failed to move the chains. Hartline got the Wildcats in scoring range late in the second quarter, but Lones Seiber didn't get enough leg into a 34-yard field-goal attempt 17 seconds before halftime.
Hartline finished a respectable 9-for-17 for 90 yards in three series of action and also carried two times for 12 yards.
Cobb went to receiver when Hartline was at QB and caught a team-high three passes for 33 yards. Cobb was also forced to return punts when DeMoreo Ford left with a concussion in the first half.
When asked if there was anything else Cobb could do, offensive coordinator Joker Phillips said, "He could probably kick, too. If I were our field goal kickers, I'd be worried. He's just a football player. If you look up the definition of 'football player,' you'll see his picture."
Cobb returned to QB to start the second half and led UK on two consecutive scoring drives that put the Cats ahead 14-7. Brooks said after the game that he'll continue to use both quarterbacks.
"I've said all the time that we're going to need both of those guys and we'll evaluate it game-by-game, series by series and try and get the maximum out of this football team that we can," he said.e_SClBGeorgia game at 12:30
Florida's 49-10 win over Georgia on Saturday means that next week's Georgia-UK game will kick off at 12:30 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium. The game will be telecast by Raycom.
Dixon moves up charts
Senior running back Tony Dixon carried 12 times for a team-high 66 yards, moving past Shawn Donigan, Damon Hood and Doug Kotar for 23rd place on the UK career rushing list. Dixon now has 1,184 career rushing yards.
Sophomore running back Moncell Allen suffered a hyperextended knee on the game's opening kick and carried just twice for three yards. Right guard Jess Beets suffered a knee injury in the first half and did not return. UK Coach Rich Brooks said that Beets has a possible cartilage tear and will get an MRI on Monday.
Johnson rounding back into form
After being slowed by an ankle injury last week at Florida, junior middle linebacker Micah Johnson recorded a team-high nine tackles, marking the fifth time he's led the team this season.
Jarmon breaks sack slump
Junior defensive end Jeremy Jarmon had a sack of Tyson Lee in the fourth quarter, which ended a four-game streak without a sack. Jarmon's last sack came against Western Kentucky. Jarmon is now tied for fifth on UK's career sack list with 15.
Liberty Bowl looks on
Liberty Bowl associate executive director Harold Graeter was in Starkville scouting the Cats on Saturday. The Liberty Bowl will take place Jan. 2 in Memphis and will feature an SEC team against the Conference USA champion.
While the Cats are now bowl-eligible, Brooks doesn't sound like he's taking anything for granted.
"Bowl eligible doesn't mean we're in a bowl," Brooks said. "In my mind, the only way you ensure yourself of that is to win seven, maybe eight. Obviously, it's nice to get that sixth win, because it puts us closer to doing some better things."