UK Football

Rotating backs grind up the 'D'

The Kentucky running back-by-committee approach continued Saturday night. While the running game wasn't overwhelming early, it picked up steam late thanks in large part to Moncell Allen, who gained most of his 71 yards in the fourth quarter.

Derrick Locke led all rushers with 96 yards on just five carries, including a 68-yard touchdown run. Alfonso Smith chipped in 38 yards on seven carries. Starter Tony Dixon was battling some bumps and bruises and gained just 16 yards on six carries, although he did become the 30th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-yard career rushing mark.

"We have some work to do still, but we have a lot of backs that got in there today," UK Coach Rich Brooks said.

The 5-foot-7, 225-pound Allen bulldozed his way through several tackles and also showed some nice open-field burst, but Brooks said he still needs work on his conditioning.

"Moncell is a load when he gets it going but he can still be in better shape and we will continue to work on that," Brooks said.

■ Redshirt freshman Matt Lentz recovered an onside kick attempt by Norfolk State on the opening kickoff.

■ Junior cornerback Trevard Lindley grabbed his second interception of the season and seventh of his career in the second quarter.

■ Junior defensive end Jeremy Jarmon recorded his first sack since the Vanderbilt game last year and now has 14 for his career.

"It was good to get one tonight," Jarmon said. "I was starting to wonder if I was doing something wrong, but finally something opened up and I was able to turn the corner."

■ Freshman Aaron Boyd made his season debut. While he did not make a catch, he was praised by Brooks for his blocking. Another true freshman, Eric Adeyemi, grabbed his first career reception, an 8-yarder from Mike Hartline in the third quarter.

■ Kentucky's 297 rushing yards were the most since it gained 355 against Indiana in 2004.

■ UK held Norfolk State to eight first downs, the fewest since holding Vanderbilt to eight in 1996.

■ Kicker Tim Masthay had touchbacks on six of his seven kickoffs, giving him 10 for the season.

"He's booming the ball," Brooks said of Masthay. "I'm not sure I've ever seen anybody kick like that into the wind, without the wind, it doesn't matter. It's something special."