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Thumbs up/thumbs down: How LSU beat Kentucky

Stanley "Boom" Williams (18) gained yards in the second quarter of the Kentucky at LSU football game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rogue, La.,, on Oct. 18, 2014. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Stanley "Boom" Williams (18) gained yards in the second quarter of the Kentucky at LSU football game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rogue, La.,, on Oct. 18, 2014. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

Recapping Kentucky's 41-3 loss to LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday night:

FIRST HALF

Summary: Kentucky needed a fast start. Yikes. LSU was up 17-0 less than 10 minutes into the game and no facet of UK's game was sharp. LSU got a nice opening kickoff return (after some failed trickery by UK on the kickoff formation), UK had two costly penalties and LSU led 7-0 less than three minutes into the game. The LSU offense had to gain only 14 yards on the drive. An LSU field goal and 67-yard TD punt return quickly made it 17-0. Trailing 17-3, UK had a threat going but could not convert fourth down out of the Wildcat formation. The Cats seemed to be fighting their way back into it, then LSU scored 10 points in the final 44 seconds (again more special teams blunders).

Halftime score: LSU 27, Kentucky 3.

Thumbs up: Linebacker Josh Forrest and the UK defense limited a strong LSU rushing attack to 77 yards on 25 attempts.

Thumbs down: UK special teams were horrible. Bradley Dale Peveto coaches LSU special teams. He was at UK last year. J.D. Harmon, who has been outstanding on UK special teams, was suspended for the first half.

SECOND HALF

Summary: LSU scored on its first possession to go up 34-3 to kill any chance UK had to make a game of it. Kentucky's offense struggled and the LSU power game took over. The Tigers made it 41-3 in the third quarter. Freshman back Mikel Horton showed some promise for UK.

Final score: LSU 41, Kentucky 3.

Thumbs up: Sophomore Marcus McWilson had a nice interception in the end zone — his third interception of the year.

Thumbs down: For the first time this year, UK was not competitive.

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