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By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky hit the field at Commonwealth Stadium looking to bounce back from a tough loss at the hands of in-state rival Louisville last Sunday, and the Wildcats were looking for improvement against Kent State. UK was able to pull away on the strength of a 27-point second half and down Kent State 47-14 for its first victory of the young season.
Kentucky’s one-two punch featuring quarterback Maxwell Smith and running back Raymond Sanders was a big reason why the Wildcats emerged victorious against the Golden Flashes. Smith threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns against the Kent State defense, and Sanders complemented his signal-callers’ aerial production with 115 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
The Wildcats had a six-point advantage after one half of play, and Joker Phillips’ team emerged from the locker room with a vengeance. Kentucky used four second half touchdowns, two of which came from the arm of Smith, to pull away from Kent State and secure the win.
Kentucky was productive on the ground and through the air in the victory, racking up 354 passing yards and 164 rushing yards.
Passing – Maxwell Smith, 30-of-39, 354 yards, 4 TD
Rushing – Raymond Sanders, 13 car, 115 yards, TD
Receiving – Aaron Boyd, 11 rec, 100, TD
Passing – Spencer Keither, 21-of-32, 182 yards
Rushing – Traylon Durham, 16 car, 87 yards, TD
Receiving – Josh Boyle, 3 rec, 50 yards