NCAA Game Summary - Western Kentucky vs. Kentucky
(Thursday, September 1st)
Final Score: Kentucky 14, Western Kentucky 3
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - The Kentucky Wildcats survived a dismal offensive effort as they defeated the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 14-3, in non-conference action at LP Field.
Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton converted just 7-of-18 passes for 97 yards and a score, was sacked three times and tossed three interceptions as the Wildcats (1-0) instead relied on their defense to produce the season-opening victory.
WKU quarterback Kawaun Jakes was his own worst enemy as he hit on a mere 9- of-27 for 93 yards and was intercepted four times. Running back Bobby Rainey tried to give the Hilltoppers (0-1) a boost with a game-high 105 yards rushing on 28 attempts but it simply wasn't enough.
Kentucky, which generated only 75 yards of total offense through the first three quarters of action, surrendered the first points of the night as it allowed WKU kicker Casey Tinius to knock through a 41-yard field goal with 6:40 left in the opening frame.
In the second period the Wildcats made their way into the end zone and moved out to a 7-3 advantage on the strength of a 14-yard TD run by Josh Clemons, which is where the score remained until the fourth quarter.
Pinned down on their own 16-yard line, the Wildcats were facing a 3rd-and-14 and after dropping back to pass Newton decided to break out of the pocket and raced down the middle of the field for a 58-yard pickup. Three plays later Newton connected with La'Rod King on a 31-yard TD strike to push the lead to 14-3.
The Wildcats finished the night with a total of just 190 yards, converting 3- of-13 on third down. In addition to delivering 10 tackles, two-and-a-half behind the line of scrimmage, Winston Guy also picked off a pair of passes for Kentucky defense.
Kentucky, which opened the 2010 campaign with three straight victories, registered one of those wins against Western Kentucky in a lopsided 63-28 final.
09/02 01:19:08 ET