For all his ample accomplishments, Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan had never intercepted a pass in a college game.
The All-America candidate fixed that in the second quarter of Kentucky's 27-13 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday. Trevathan jumped a slant route and picked off Central Michigan quarterback Ryan Radcliff with 5:33 left in the first half. He fleetingly appeared to be headed for his first college touchdown, too, but instead Trevathan was pulled down at the CMU 11-yard line.
By, gulp, Radcliff.
"I got tripped, man," Trevathan said afterward. "My first interception. I don't know what tripped me or how it tripped me, but it tripped me, man. I just saw bluegrass and I was just running toward it."
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How can a player of Trevathan's rugged physicality allow himself to be stopped by a QB?
"I think he's been doing linebacker drills," Trevathan joked. "He got a tackle on me, and I didn't get a tackle on him."
Miller's first start
As Kentucky Coach Joker Phillips mentioned on Thursday, starting UK offensive linemen Matt Smith (center) and Billy Joe Murphy (right tackle) did not play because of injuries. As he did in the Western Kentucky game, Jake Lanefski started in place of Smith.
True freshman Darrian Miller started for Murphy. The ex-Bryan Station star said UK offensive line coach Mike Summers told him he would be starting Monday. "He just said he needed me to step up for him," Miller said. "I said all right."
Miller said he was not nervous. "I was nervous Monday when they told me, but by Tuesday I was fine," he said.
The 6-foot-5, 297 pounder had one conspicuously bad play. Central Michigan bluffed blitzing a linebacker, and Miller adjusted his blocking assignment. When the linebacker then dropped out of the blitz, the UK tackle did not have time to get back and block the defensive end.
Who sacked Morgan Newton.
"Very, very, very frustrating," Miller said. "I thought Morgan would yell at me. I thought a lot of people would yell at me. They didn't."
Other than that one play, Miller said he felt like he played well.
Said Phillips: "He had that one glaring mistake on that sack, but the thing with an offensive lineman, if you noticed he's out there, then you know he didn't play well. I didn't even notice (Miller) being out there."
After he was part (two drops) of a shaky receiving performance by Kentucky in its season-opening win over WKU, La'Rod King vowed he would prove his critics wrong Saturday. He did a pretty good job of that, finishing with five catches for a career-high 100 yards and a touchdown.
"I'm grateful and blessed," King said, "but this is a team effort and not something I'm focused on."
Cobb in the house
Two days after electrifying the football world with his two-touchdown debut for the Green Bay Packers, ex-Kentucky star Randall Cobb was back in Commonwealth Stadium. Two of the biggest cheers of the game came when 1.) UK showed video highlights of Cobb's heroics in Thursday night's Packers win over the New Orleans Saints; 2.) when Cobb was introduced to the crowd in the end zone during a stoppage in play.
Missing Ring of Honor
The new ribbon boards in Commonwealth Stadium cover up the names of past UK football luminaries which were displayed in the Ring of Honor. UK football spokesman Tony Neely says the names of the UK greats are now displayed instead on flags flying around the stadium.
■ UK's Trevathan had 13 tackles, including 3.5 for loss plus his pick. It was his 11th straight double-figure tackling game.
■ Winston Guy also had 13 tackles, the second game this season the safety/linebacker hybrid has been in double figures. Safety Martavius Neloms had 10 tackles.
■ Josh Clemons' 87-yard touchdown run was the longest by a Kentucky player since Bernie Scruggs had an 88-yarder against Georgia in 1970. Clemons' run was the longest ever by a UK freshman and the fourth-longest by any Kentucky player.
■ Clemons' 126-yard performance was the first 100-plus rushing game by a UK freshman since Arliss Beach in 2002.
Herald-Leader staff writer Jerry Tipton contributed to this article.