Hoping to hit 6-0 for the first time since 1950 — Bear Bryant was the coach before leaving for Texas A&M — Kentucky football visits Kyle Field to take on the Texas A&M Aggies in an SEC game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ESPN has the telecast.
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Final: Texas A&M 20, Kentucky 14
Trayveon Williams goes 10 yards for the touchdown in overtime and Texas A&M beats the 13th-ranked Wildcats in overtime. UK drops to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the SEC.
UK misses field goal
Miles Butler’s 43-yard attempt hits crossbar and bounces back in first overtime. Now A&M ball.
Going to overtime
UK and Texas A&M headed to overtime tied 14-14. UK’s last overtime game was Oct. 3, 2015 when the Cats beat Eastern Kentucky 34-27. Mark Stoops is 1-1 in overtime games as a head coach.
Just like that -- we’re tied
Onn a third-and-one for Texas A&M at own 34-yard line, Kellen Mond fumbles on a busted play and UK’s Darius West eventually recovers and returns it 40 yards for a Wildcats touchdown. Miles Butler’s extra point ties the score at 14-14 with 4:17 left.
Texas A&M takes 14-7 lead with 10:13 left
Rashauud Paul returned a Max Duffy punt 43 yards to the UK 48. Two plays later, Mond hit tight end Jace Sternberger over the middle — the ball was tipped — and the Aggie took it the rest of the way, 46 yards for the touchdown. Aggies now lead by a touchdown. Can Kentucky somehow, someway find some offense?
Kentucky fails to take advantage of West pick
After West interception, UK goes three-and-out. Had a first down but brought back by E.J. Price holding penalty. Texas A&M’s Paul goes 43 yards on the punt return. Aggies have it at UK 48 with 11:07 left.
Darius West comes up with game’s first turnover
The UK safety picked off a deflected Kellen Mond pass and returned it 19 yards to his own 49. UK takes over with 12:46 left in the game. Tied 7-7. That is West’s third interception of the season.
End of 3Q: Kentucky 7, Texas A&M 7
Kentucky punts again (and again)
UK has now scored just 7 points over its last 13 possessions. The Cats go three-and-out again. We’re tied at 7-7 with 1:13 left in third quarter.
Kentucky punts again
Kentucky offense still can’t get untracked. After picking up a first down, the Cats had a third-and-three at their own 41 but offensive guard Logan Stenberg was called for a false start for the second time tonight. On third-and-eight, Wilson picked up just four yards on a scramble. UK offense so far: Seven possessions, six punts and a TD.
Texas A&M makes impressive drive, but fails to score
The Aggies drove from their own 25 to the UK 24, but a high snap and 11-yard loss helped foil the march. Seth Small’s 30-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright and fell to the (wrong) side. So we’re still knotted at 7-7. There’s 9:21 left in the third quarter.
Halftime: Kentucky 7, Texas A&M 7
Kentucky had the football six times in the first. The Cats managed a touchdown and five punts. The last three possessions all went three-and-out. Eddie Gran is going to have to get something going in the second half. Quarterback Terry Wilson is holding the ball too long on pass plays and you wonder what the absence of center Drake Jackson (groin) is doing to UK’s rushing attack. Kentucky had just 39 yards rushing on 15 carries in the first half and 116 yards overall.
As for the defense, true freshman linebacker Chris Oats has played well in his first art. But the Aggies lead the time of possession with 16:17. Kellen Mond has completed nine of 15 passes for 105 yards and a score. The Aggies rushed for 70 yards on 20 carries.
Now we’re tied 7-7
Texas A&M goes 70 yards on 13 plays to tie the game at 7-7. Tough roughing the passer call on Josh Allen kept the drive alive by giving Aggies a first-and-goal at the UK 33. Two snaps later, quarterback Kellen Mond threw a three-yard TD pass to Quartney Davis. UK 7, Aggies 7 with 1:14 left in first half. Key play in drive: Aggies running back Trayveon Williams made a UK defender miss and scooted 32 yards to the visitors’ 39 before knocked out of bounds by freshman Chris Oats.
Kentucky still up 7-0 with 5:57 left in the first half
The Cats went three-and-out on last possession. Terry Wilson is 6-of-10 passing for 80 yards. Benny Snell has 23 rushing yards on six carries. Total yards: UK 121, Texas A&M 81. UK linebacker Chris Oats, a true freshman making his first start, recorded a sack for the Cats. Kash Daniel will return in Oats spot for the second half. Daniel was ejected for targeting in the second half of last week’s win over South Carolina. UK center Drake Jackson has a groin strain.
Kentucky makes fourth-down stop inside own 30
Kentucky stopped Texas A&M on a fourth-and-one at UK’s 27-yard line. It was the second fourth-and-one on the drive as the Aggies converted on a fourth-and-one at own 34 when quarterback Kellen Mond picked up two yards on a sneak. The Cats went three-and-out after the stop on the second fourth down. Aggies start at own 15 with 8:41 left in first half. UK leads 7-0.
End of 1Q; Kentucky 7, Texas A&M 0
Thanks to the TD pass-and-run, Terry Wilson was six-of-nine for 80 yards and a score in the first quarter. Benny Snell gained 20 yards on four carries. Total yards: Kentucky 112, Texas A&M 38.
Kentucky hits the big play for a 7-0 lead
A pop pass from quarterback Terry Wilson to Lynn Bowden ends up with Bowden motoring 54 yards for a touchdown to put UK up 7-0 with 1:10 left in the first quarter. The pass equals UK’s longest pass of the season, also a 54-yard TD pass from Wilson to Bowden in the win at Florida. The latter went much farther in the air.
Max Duffy ain’t bad either
UK moves ball from own three to the 23, but is forced to punt. And Max Duffy booms a 63-yarder. Texas A&M will start from its own 14 with 5:06 left in first quarter. Still no score.
Braden Mann can really bomb it
The nation’s leading punter, Texas A&M’s Braden Mann, booms a 65-yard punt. UK’s Chris Westry is called for holding. And Kentucky will start its second possession at its own three-yard line. The UK defense gave up one first down before forcing the Aggies to punt. No score with 7:12 left in first quarter.
Kentucky throws, moves the ball, then punts
On game’s first possession, Kentucky came out throwing. The Cats threw the all on their first three plays, completing two to move the ball to the 48. A couple of runs later, UK had crossed into Aggies’ territory at the 48. The visitors went backward from there. Logan Stenberg was called for a false start. Then on third-and-13, a swing pass from Terry Wilson to Benny Snell resulted in a five-yard loss. UK punted. There’s 10:18 left in the first quarter.
It will be a hot one at Kyle Field
Fifteen minutes from kickoff, Texas A&M radio reported that the temperature was 88 degrees with a heat index of 97 degrees. There is rain in the area. (We don’t need a repeat of Missouri-South Carolina in Columbia earlier Saturday, which was interrupted by multiple rain delays.)
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