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Updated: 9/02/2012 11:17 pm

KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES

Kentucky at Louisville

Sept. 2, 2012 * Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Ky.

Attendance: 55,386 (Stadium Record)

FINAL SCORE: Louisville 32, Kentucky 14

 

Team Records and Series Notes

  • This was the season opener for each team.
  • Kentucky is 0-1 overall, 0-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Louisville is 1-0, 0-0 in SEC play.
  • Kentucky leads the series 14-11, including 6-4 in games played in Louisville.
  • Kentucky returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 8, with the home opener vs. Kent State.  Game time is 7:35 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium.

 

Team Notes

 

  • Louisville won the toss and elected to defer to the second half.
  • Beginning its 122nd season of football, Kentucky has a record of 83-34-5 in season openers.
  • This was the fifth-consecutive year that UK has started the season away from Commonwealth Stadium.  UK is 4-1 in those games.
  • UK defense surrendered a TD on the opening drive for the first time since the South Carolina game last season on Oct. 8, 2011.
  • Kentucky was 7-of-13 on third downs for the game, UK’s best performance since its 9-of-15 performance versus Georgia on Oct. 23, 2010.
  • UK’s 24 first downs were the most since 26 at Tennessee on Nov. 27, 2010.
  • The Wildcat offense totaled 373 yards, its best performance since totaling 398 yards last season versus Ole Miss on Nov. 5, 2011.

 

Game Summary

  • 1st Quarter Summary
    • UK-M.Smith completes a 12-yard pass to D.Collins to the UK42.
    • UK-M.Smith completes a 12-yard pass to L.King to the UL44.
    • UK-L.Foster punted 35 yards which was muffed and recovered at the UL1.
    • UL-T.Bridgewater completes a 23-yard pass to D.Copeland to the UL25.
    • UL-T.Bridgewater completes a 17-yard pass to A.Smith to the UL42.
    • UL-J.Wright rushes for 5 yards on 4th and 2 to the UK6.
    • UL-J.Wright rushes for 1-yard TD. UL-W.Stein completes a pass to M.Smith for the 2-point conversion. UL 8, UK 0 (3:11)
    • UK-M.Smith completes a 13-yard pass to C.Williams to the UK45.
    • UK-M.Smith completes a 15-yard pass to G.McCaskill to the UL41.
    • UK-M.Smith completes a 13-yard pass to R.Sanders to the UL28.

 

  • 2nd Quarter Summary
    • UK-M.Smith completes a 1-yard TD pass to T.Robinson. UK-C.McIntosh PAT is good. UL 8, UK 7 (13:42)
    • The catch was the 3rd career TD reception for T.Robinson.
    • UL-J.Wright rushes for 10 yards to the UL34.
    • UL-T.Bridgewater completes a 16-yard pass to E.Rogers to the UK47.
    • UL-S.Perry rushes for a 47-yard TD. UL-J.Wallace PAT is good. UL 15, UK 7 (11:03)
    • UK-L.Foster punted for 53 yards to the UL7.
    • UL-T.Bridgewater completes a 12-yard pass to D.Copeland to the UL26.
    • UL-T.Bridgewater completes a 14-yard pass to D.Parker to the UL40.
    • UL-T.Bridgewater completes a 10-yard pass to S.Perry to the UL40.
    • UL-T.Bridgewater completes a 25-yard pass to D.Parker to the UK31.
    • UL-J.Wright rushes for 14-yard TD. UL-J.Wallace PAT is good. UL 22, UK 7 (4:17)
    • UK-C.Williams rushes for 14 yards to the UK48.
    • UK-M.Newton at QB rushes for 4 yards to the UL39.
    • UK-R.Sanders rushes 11 yards fumbles, recovered by UL-A.Johnson at the UL 22.
    • UL-T.Bridgewater completes a 27-yard pass to A.Smith to the UK38.
    • UL-T.Bridgewater sacked by UK-M.Cobble for a loss of 4 yards at the UK 42.
    • UL-T.Bridgewater sacked by UK-C.Ukwu for a loss of 1 yard at the UK 44.

 

  • 3rd Quarter Summary
    • UK recovered the onside kick at the UK47.
    • UK-M.Smith sacked by UL-T.Floyd for a loss of 7 yards to the UK40.
    • UK-M.Smith completes an 18-yard pass to L.King to the UL42.
    • UK-C.McIntosh missed a 42-yard FG wide right. Ball at the UL24.
    • UL-T.Bridgewater completes a 17-yard pass to D.Parker to the UK37.
    • UL-S.Perry rushes for 13 yards to the UK24.
    • UL-T.Bridgewater completes a 12-yard pass to J.Davis to the UK12.
    • UL-J.Wallace made a 22-yard FG. UL 25, UK 7 (8:19)
    • UK-M.Smith sacked by UL-B.J.Butler for a loss of 6 yards to the UK25.
    • UK-L.Foster rushed for a loss of 2 yards on a fake punt attempt.
    • UL-J.Wright rushes for 20 yards to the UK14.
    • UL-J.Wright rushes for 1-yard TD. UL-J.Wallace PAT is good. UL 32, UK 7 (4:37)
    • UK-M.Smith completes a 12-yard pass to D.Collins to the UK47.
    • UK-M.Smith completes a 15-yard pass to A.Boyd to the UL38.
    • UK-M.Smith completes a 22-yard pass to D.Collins to the UL16.
    • UK-M.Smith completes a 5-yard TD pass to L.King. UK-C.McIntosh PAT is good. UL 32, UK 14 (2:43)
    • UL-W.Stein in at QB (2:43)
    • UK-M.Smith completes a 15-yard pass to A.Boyd to the UK34.

 

  • 4th Quarter Summary
    • UK-M.Smith completes an 18-yard pass to L.King to the UL10.
    • UK-C.Williams rushes for 2 yards fumbles, recovered by UL-A.Bushell at the UL3.
    • UL-S.Perry rushes for 13 yards to the UL29.
    • UL-J.Appleby punted 53 yards.
    • UK-M.Smith completes a 10-yard pass to D.Robinson to the UK31.

 

Individual Notes

 

  • Sophomore QB Maxwell Smith completed a career-high 35 of 50 passes for 280 yards and equaled a career best two TDs.  Smith completed passes to 11 different receivers. His 35 completions were one shy of Tim Couch’s 36 in the 1997 Governor’s Cup.
  • Senior WR La’Rod King caught eight passes for 77 yards and a TD. King has 1,295 receiving yards in his career, moving past Rick Kestner for 15th place on UK career list. He also has 14 receiving TDs in his career, tying Steve Johnson (14) for seventh on the UK career list.
  • Junior LB Avery Williamson totaled a career-high 12 tackles, including one forced fumble.
  • Senior DE Collins Ukwu has made at least one big play (QB sack, tackle for loss, fumble caused, fumble recovery or pass breakup) in six consecutive games. Ukwu finished the game with one tackle, one sack and a forced fumble.
  • Senior WR Aaron Boyd equaled a career best with three catches for a career-high 36 yards.
  • Sophomore LB Alvin “Bud” Dupree has made at least one big play (QB sack, tackle for loss, fumble caused, fumble recovery or pass breakup) in five consecutive games. Dupree finished the game with six total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
  • Redshirt-Freshman WR Daryl Collins made his first career reception on the opening drive of the game.  Collins finished with a career-high seven catches for 64 yards.
  • Redshirt freshman WR Daryl Collins, sophomore TE Ronnie Shields and freshman OG Zach West earned their first career starts on offense.
  • Junior LB Avery Williamson, sophomore LB Tyler Brause, sophomore LB Miles Simpson and sophomore S Ashely Lowery earned their first starts on defense.
  • Freshman TB Dyshawn Mobley made his first career reception in the fourth quarter.
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