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TIGERS WIN ON LATE SURGE IN GAME FULL OF MISTAKES

Date story was published: Sunday, October 20, 1985

BATON ROUGE, La. - Ron Lewis, who earlier had missed two field-goal attempts, kicked a 43-yarder with 4:11 remaining and Louisiana State added a touchdown on a Dalton Hilliard run with 37 seconds left to give the Tigers a 10-0 victory over Kentucky last night.

Backup quarterbacks ruled the night.

That should tell you how futile much of the action was in this Southeastern Conference game.

Four other field-goal attempts went awry. Seven fumbles were lost. Two interceptions thrown.

And it rained.

UK fell to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the SEC as its four-game winning streak was snapped. LSU improved to 4-1.

A fumbled snap gave Kentucky the ball at the LSU 35-yard line with 12:31 to play.

Bill Allen underthrew an open Tom Wheary and Mark Higgs could gain just 3 yards on two carries.

Joey Worley came on to attempt a 50-yard field goal. He never got the chance because the high snap went through holder Tim Jones' hands. Jones scrambled and got off a pass that fell harmlessly.

At that point, Jerry Claiborne ran his hands through his thinning hair, put his hands on his hips and stared downward.

Kentucky tried three quarterbacks in the third quarter, with no production from any of them.

Dooley played the first four possessions, completed just two of seven passes and retired with a forgettable 6-of-14 for 23 yards.

Tim Jones, the quarterback-turned-receiver-turned-quarterback, tried the next two series. He completed one of two and fumbled away a snap.

That gave redshirt freshman Bill Allen a chance. The freshman from West Liberty hit Eric Pitts with a 9-yard pass on his first effort. Mark Logan ran 4 yards for a first down on the quarter's final play. It was UK's fifth of the game.

Dooley had the best chance at points. Jeff Wickersham fumbled away a snap at the LSU 35 early in the third quarter. The chance was lost two plays later when Higgs fumbled.

LSU did no better with the heralded Wickersham. The Tigers had the same number of fumbles as first downs (two) in the quarter.

In a first half that must have driven up television ratings of the World Series, Kentucky and LSU battled to a scoreless tie.

How bad were the offenses? The Wildcats managed just two first downs, yet could have gotten into the locker room with a lead.

Worley, almost automatic until this mistake-laden night, missed three times on field-goal attempts.

Two of Worley's misses came on the half's final two plays. He was way short on a 55-yarder from the left hash mark. But because LSU jumped offside, he got another chance from 49 yards out. He missed again (short and to the left) to preserve a scoreless tie.

The crowd booed the two teams off the field after Worley's second kick.

Worley, who had missed only once in 14 attempts going into the game, was wide right from 32 yards out on the second play of the second quarter.

LSU's place-kicker, sophomore Ron Lewis, also missed twice (50 and 31 yards).

The Tigers dominated field position, but the Cats stayed even with timely defensive plays.

LSU outgained UK in total yards 208-43 and had a 13-2 edge in first downs.

But Ron Lewis' misses, penalties and two turnovers kept LSU off the scoreboard.

UK, which entered the game with the SEC's No. 2 offense (441.6 yards per game), did little with the ball. Starting his first road game, Dooley completed four of seven passes for eight yards. Two passes were batted away at the line and he was sacked three times to further stunt UK.

Even Mark Logan and Higgs, who each gained more than 100 yards a week ago, came up empty. The two combined for 40 yards on 10 carries.

A Wickersham fumble at the UK 46-yard line led to Worley's last-second field-goal attempts. A 16-yard penalty for roughing against LSU (one of seven infractions for 78 yards against the Tigers in the half) and a 2-yard screen to Higgs pushed the ball upfield 20 yards.

But Worley missed his attempts.

UK's only other scoring threat was set up when LSU freshman Daryl Owens fumbled a punt at his own 20.

On third and six from the 16, Dooley was stopped for a 1-yard gain on a broken play.

Worley, however, was wide right with a 32-yard attempt from the left hash mark.

With the better field position, LSU crossed midfield five times. Lewis' two misses stopped two drives. UK's David Johnson picked off a pass in the end zone to stop a third. Wickersham fumbled the ball away when he was stripped by Jon Dumbauld at the UK 38. The fifth was stalled by back-to-back penalties.

LSU took its second possession to the UK 31 behind the running of Hilliard. Then the Tigers threw two incompletions, and a sack of Wickersham by Jerry Reese led to a 50-yard miss by Lewis.

The Tigers got to the UK 49 on its next possession. An offensive pass interference penalty moved the ball back 15 yards. LSU went back another 15 when Wickersham was called for intentional grounding.

LSU drove 57 yards early in the second quarter. Three times converting on third down, the Tigers reached the UK 14.

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