UK Football

Thumbs up/Thumbs down: How Kentucky won

Kentucky's Josh Clemons scored a touchdown during the third quarter against Central Michigan at Commonwealth Stadium Sept. 9, 2011. Photo by Amy Wallot
Kentucky's Josh Clemons scored a touchdown during the third quarter against Central Michigan at Commonwealth Stadium Sept. 9, 2011. Photo by Amy Wallot

First quarter

Summary: Central Michigan took the kickoff and marched 81 yards to the UK 2, settling for a field goal. UK came back with a 37-yard drive that resulted in a 41-yard Craig McIntosh field goal. The Chippewas countered with a nine play, 80-yard touchdown drive.

Thumbs up: McIntosh hit the field goal; Ryan Tydlacka's only punt was 53 yards.

Thumbs down: UK was out-gained 146 yards to 27 and had the ball for less than 4 minutes.

Second quarter

Summary: After CMU went up 13-3, a 46-yard pass to La'Rod King set up a 45-yard McIntosh field goal. A Danny Trevathan interception gave UK the ball at the 11, but McIntosh missed a field goal. UK later reached the 15 but Morgan Newton was sacked, then intercepted.

Thumbs up: Trevathan was in on 10 tackles for Kentucky in the first half.

Thumbs down: First down at the CMU 11 with a chance to tie it, and UK got nothing.

Third quarter

Summary: Both offenses struggled. UK's defense held when CMU gambled on fourth-and-1 at its own 34. Newton hit a wide-open King for a TD on the next play. UK took the lead when Josh Clemons broke loose for an 87-yard TD run, the fourth-longest in school history.

Thumbs up: Clemons, the true freshman. Has Kentucky found a playmaker?

Thumbs down: Raymond Sanders fumbled the kickoff to start the second half.

Fourth quarter

Summary: UK had its most impressive drive of the year, going 84 yards and almost seven minutes. Newton, Sanders and Clemons all had good runs. Newton scored on fourth down from the 1. Randall Burden's interception wrapped up a second-half shutout by the defense.

Thumbs up: The UK defense held CMU to 156 yards and no points in the second half.

Thumbs down: Nothing to pick on in the final quarter.

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