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Dorian Baker keys Kentucky football's unlikely comeback over EKU

Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Dorian Baker (2) broke free from the tackle attempt by Eastern Kentucky Colonels defensive back Tyrell Curry (31) after catching a pass from  Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towles (14) as the University of Kentucky played Eastern Kentucky University in Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, October 03, 2015. This is third quarter college football action. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Dorian Baker (2) broke free from the tackle attempt by Eastern Kentucky Colonels defensive back Tyrell Curry (31) after catching a pass from Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towles (14) as the University of Kentucky played Eastern Kentucky University in Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, October 03, 2015. This is third quarter college football action. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Call him Dorian Baker, the touchdown maker.

Kentucky trailed FCS opponent Eastern Kentucky by two touchdowns with less than eight minutes to go before Baker came up with huge play after huge play to carry the Cats out of the hole and to a 34-27 victory in overtime on Saturday night.

The sophomore wide out, who tied the game with his acrobatic 5-yard touchdown grab on a dramatic fourth-and-3, also managed to reel in the game winner in overtime, carrying three EKU defenders with him.

Then the Kentucky defense held up again as C.J. Johnson pulled down the Eastern quarterback to seal the victory. It was Johnson's 19th tackle of the game, the most by a UK defensive lineman since UK started keeping those stats in 1991.

Ryan Flannigan added 11 tackles and Josh Forrest 10 tackles in the victory to move Kentucky to 4-1 on the season.

All looked lost for the Cats with eight minutes to play before Jojo Kemp started the scoring spree, helping the Cats string together 21 unanswered points in the victory over their FCS neighbor.

The serious deficit seemed to wake up the long slumbering Kentucky offense, which picked up the pace and drove 75 yards in 10 plays to get back within a score, 27-20, on Kemp's 7-yard run with five minutes to go.

Kentucky, which managed 384 yards of offense, was led by Patrick Towles' 329 yards for three touchdowns (with two interceptions). The junior quarterback struggled with control at times but completed 29 of his 42 pass attempts.

Eight of those passes were to Dorian Baker for 86 yards and the two touchdowns. Blake Bone added seven catches for 85 yards.

The Colonels (2-2) amassed 363 yards against the Kentucky defense, including 183 yards and two touchdowns for Bennie Coney, who also rushed in a touchdown.

Former Kentucky running back Dy'Shawn Mobley managed 21 carries for 74 yards and one touchdown. Mobley also had five catches for 50 yards.

Devin Borders paced the Colonels with four grabs for 38 yards and two touchdowns.

After a sluggish start that included a fumble by Jeff Badet on the opening drive and then back-to-back drives that ended in punts, Kentucky went ahead 7-0 on a 1-yard run where the pile moved just enough for Towles to sneak in.

It was the Cats' third try from that spot before Towles got in. In place of an injured Austin MacGinnis, who is out with a groin strain, red-shirt kicker Miles Butler kicked the extra point.

Kentucky never would've gotten to the 1-yard line had Towles not scrambled and thrown a 40-yard dart to Blake Bone, who had to come back to the ball just shy of the end zone.

Eastern tried to even the score when Coney found Borders for a 6-yard pass up and over true freshman Chris Westry in the left corner of the end zone.

Lucas Williams, a sophomore from Russell Springs, missed the extra point and UK kept its lead 7-6.

Williams had a chance to make amends on the next series, but his 47-yard field goal attempt was blocked by UK's Farrington Huguenin with 1:31 to go in the first half. It was the senior defensive lineman's second blocked kick of the season.

UK had a chance to extend its lead going into the break, but Towles was picked off for the second time (this time by Kiante Northington, first time by Stanley Absanon) while trying to find Baker near the end zone.

In the first half, Towles connected on just 10 of his 19 pass attempts for 121 yards and the two picks. The Cats were outgained 182-144 by the Colonels.

It got even uglier for Kentucky out of the locker room with Eastern Kentucky getting nice field position on a 42-yard return from Absanon. The Colonels then marched 54 yards in 10 plays and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run by Coney for a 13-7 lead.

Kentucky responded with a big drive of its own, scoring on a 36-yard pass from Towles to Badet, but Butler's extra point went wide right and the score was tied 13-13.

It seemed only appropriate that the Colonels went up 20-13 on Mobley's 6-yard rush early in the fourth quarter.

After, Coney found Borders for a 15-yard touchdown pass five minutes later to make the lead 27-13 with 7:39 to go.

Then UK started its unlikely comeback.

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