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Quarter by quarter: How Kentucky lost

Pitt's Jarred Holley covered a block of a UK punt in the second quarter. The play set the Panthers up at the UK 10-yard line. Pitt turned the opportunity into a TD and a ton of momentum.
Pitt's Jarred Holley covered a block of a UK punt in the second quarter. The play set the Panthers up at the UK 10-yard line. Pitt turned the opportunity into a TD and a ton of momentum.

First quarter

Summary: Both offenses moved early. UK's Randall Burden intercepted a pass at the Cats' 16; then Pittsburgh recovered a Morgan Newton fumble at its 34. A Pitt sack stopped another UK drive, but Craig McIntosh put the Wildcats ahead with a 50-yard field goal.

Thumbs up: New defensive boss Rick Minter preaches turnovers. Burden created one.

Thumbs down: Kentucky threatened to score twice but managed only a field goal.

Second quarter

Summary: After Pittsburgh tied the game, Kentucky failed to make about an inch on fourth down at the Panthers' 37. Pitt reached the UK 16 but again settled for a field goal. A blocked punt set Pitt up at the Kentucky 10 for a touchdown that turned the game around.

Thumbs up: The defense kept Kentucky close by limiting two threats to field goals.

Thumbs down: UK's passing game seemed limited with Morgan Newton under center.

Third quarter

Summary: A UK fake punt fooled no one and gave Pittsburgh the ball at the Wildcats' 35. Pitt made it 20-3. Derrick Locke was about all the Kentucky offense until it finally started getting the ball to All-American Randall Cobb and UK put together a 75-yard TD drive.

Thumbs up: Kentucky finally discovered Cobb, the SEC's top all-purpose player.

Thumbs down: UK special-teams mistakes set up both Pitt touchdowns to this point.

Fourth quarter

Summary: Pittsburgh kept a scoring drive alive with a fourth-and-4 play and was soon up 27-10. Newton showed occasional promise but also inconsistency as the offense never really got going. The final statistics were much closer than the game.

Thumbs up: Locke was healthy and showed the explosiveness that marked his career.

Thumbs down: We waited six weeks for this?

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