Kentucky's defense scored once Saturday — a 40-yard fumble recovery by Martavius Neloms — and set up two more touchdowns with interceptions by Danny Trevathan and Luke McDermott.
Trevathan's came on the final play of the third quarter when the UK linebacker stepped in front of a Coty Blanchard pass intended for Trey Smith and made his second career interception.
The UK star returned the ball 23 yards to the Jacksonville State 6-yard line. That set up a Morgan Newton to La'Rod King touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth period.
Yet none of that is what made Trevathan's pick most memorable.
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As he was being tackled, the UK linebacker rolled up on the back of the legs of game referee Tom Ritter. The official was down for minutes, then limped off the field with assistance from two UK trainers.
Ritter was ultimately carted off the Commonwealth Stadium field.
Afterward, Trevathan was asked if he had ever taken out a referee before.
"Nah," he said, laughing. "I've been taken out a couple of times, gotten a couple of bad holding calls. But I guess I got one today. That should have counted as a tackle."
Trevathan, who normally can be counted on for double-figure tackles, had only five Saturday.
UK football publicist Tony Neely reported that Southeastern Conference officials said Ritter suffered a sprained ankle.
Said Trevathan: "I hope he's all right."
Where was Robinson?
Kentucky true freshman wide receiver Demarco Robinson did not play Saturday and did not appear to be on the UK sideline.
After the game, Kentucky Coach Joker Phillips confirmed that Robinson did not dress but did not elaborate on the reason.
Proud of the crowd
The announced attendance of 54,098 is for tickets distributed or "out." That includes tickets "sold" and "comp" tickets.
The actual attendance appeared to be significantly less than that.
"I'm proud of the guys, the people who came today," Phillips said when asked about the crowd. "The people that were at the 'Cat Walk' were huge, were excited to be there, and our team was excited to play for them. So happy that those guys came."
■ Running back Raymond Sanders suffered an ankle injury after rushing just twice for 10 yards in the first half.
■ Kentucky gained 445 total yards, a season high. In their three conference games, all losses, the Cats gained 550 yards. It was the highest yardage total since UK gained 580 in a win over Vanderbilt last season. The Cats' 340 yards rushing was their highest total since they gained 341 against Vandy last year.
■ Phillips joked that McDermott, a defensive tackle, had better hands than safety Winston Guy, who dropped a pair of potential interceptions.
Guy jokingly blamed his drops on trainer Jim Madaleno, who put a cast on Guy for an injury last season. "Now, I can't grip the ball," Guy said. "But I can't make any excuses."
■ As a Georgia Bulldog, Washaun Ealey rushed for 157 yards and five touchdowns in a 44-31 win over Kentucky last season. Now a Jacksonville State Gamecock, Ealey had 120 yards on 16 carries but was kept out of the end zone.
"It feels kind of rough because we lost," Ealey said, "but we have to put that behind us and look forward to next week."
■ UK wide receiver King on CoShik Williams, who rushed for a career-high 148 yards: "He's a diamond in the rough."
■ Kentucky is now 47-19 in homecoming games.
Herald-Leader staff writer Mark Story contributed to this article.