Sometimes wins come in funny ways.
Sometimes a pass-first quarterback runs the ball more than 20 times in a game.
Sometimes a team has to win in smothering heat and then in driving rain.
But when Coach Mark Stoops noticed some hanging heads in Kentucky's post-game locker room, after a slightly smudged 20-3 victory over Ohio, he scolded them gently.
"I told them to enjoy the victory and not be sulking around," he said. "If things didn't go the way they wanted to individually, then go back to work and change it."
Stoops reminded his team that it's 2-0, which is as many wins as it has had in each of the past two seasons.
"Once we cranked the music up and they got their dance on, they were having a good time," Stoops said. "They enjoyed it, and I wanted them to."
Kentucky looked to be having a grand time on its first two possessions at Commonwealth Stadium when the Cats marched 75 yards to score and then followed it up with 80 more yards to score.
Both touchdowns went to freshmen getting their first career scores, first on an 8-yard pass from Patrick Towles to Dorian Baker.
The second came on a "boom" worthy 53-yard run for Stanley "Boom" Williams with 8:24 to go in the first quarter.
"I kind of saw the hole, but I wanted to be disciplined," said Williams, who had five runs for 60 yards. "I wanted to be disciplined and then hit the hole."
After racking up 155 yards on those first two possessions, the UK offense stalled. It managed just 247 yards the rest of the way, but the damage was done.
"Obviously it wasn't a pretty last three quarters, but we did some good things," UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown said. "So I'm proud. If you told me we'd have won by 17 points, I'd have taken it and not blinked an eye."
Kentucky's defense did what it could to not allow Ohio (1-1) to get off to a similar speedy start, forcing punts on the Bobcats' first four possessions, allowing just 20 yards on those.
"I'm not sure why we took awhile to get going," Ohio Coach Frank Solich said. "They're a good football team, so I think they had something to do with it. But in saying that, we did not execute very well early in the game, and that cost us. They certainly took advantage of that."
Kentucky also took advantage of some things it saw on video of Ohio's defense, scripting several runs for Towles, who finished with 22 rushes for 59 yards. Five of those credited runs were sacks by the Bobcats.
Towles showed he had some wheels, including two straight 11-yard scampers to keep a UK drive alive in the first half.
"He's just a big guy," Stoops said of Towles, who also completed 17 of 31 pass attempts for 170 yards. "He's sneaky fast."
Brown said roughly seven to 10 of those were called runs for Towles, but it's still a wrinkle in progress.
As for the UK offense struggling to score touchdowns after those first two drives, the Cats' quarterback wasn't too worried.
"We were moving the ball all day long, but it's about finishing," he said. "We'll go, we'll look at it tomorrow and we'll get it fixed."
The victory left the Cats, who outgained the Bobcats 402-223, wanting more.
"We went into the red zone about four times and didn't get a touchdown," said wide receiver Ryan Timmons, who caught 10 of Towles' 17 completions on Saturday for a career-best 95 yards. "It hurts leaving points up there on the board. We just need to watch film more and try to execute in the red zone."
Another player looking to execute a little better was kicker Austin MacGinnis, who tied a 23-year-old Kentucky record with his 53-yard field goal in the second quarter, but missed two others (33 yards and 28 yards).
Kentucky's defense, which was led by A.J. Stamps' 51/2 tackles, looked better to Stoops and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, but much like the entirety of the game, there's room for improvement.
"People were down a little bit, but a win is a win," said senior defensive end Bud Dupree, who had 21/2 tackles, including one for a loss and a pass breakup.
Being 2-0 gives Kentucky some swagger heading into Florida, which blitzed Eastern Michigan 65-0 on Saturday.
"We're very confident," Dupree said. "We're eager to play, eager to get on that stage with the big dogs and just show everyone all the hard work that we've put in."