By Tim Letcher
SEC Digital Network
Western Kentucky spoiled Mark Stoops debut as head coach at Kentucky, as the Hilltoppers beat the Wildcats 35-26 on Saturday night in Nashville.
The Hilltoppers led throughout the game, and Kentucky never got closer than four points.
Maxwell Smith came on in the second half to give Kentucky a lift, hitting on eight-of-14 passing for 125 yards and a touchdown to Demarco Robinson.
Kentucky returns to action next week against Miami (Ohio).
Passing - Maxwell Smith, 8-14, 125 yards, 1 TD
Rushing - Raymond Sanders, 14 carries, 98 yards
Receiving - Demarco Robinson, 5 receptions, 69 yards, 1 TD
Passing - Brandon Doughty, 26-33, 254 yards, 1 TD
Rushing - Antonio Andrews, XX carries, XX yards, 1 TD
Receiving - Mitchell Henry, 6 receptions, 65 yards, 1 TD
• Bobby Petrino is now 5-0 against Kentucky when coaching another team from the Bluegrass State (4-0 at Louisville, 1-0 at WKU)
• Kentucky senior Joe Mansour made the first two field goals of his career in this game
• Kentucky lost its second straight opener, after previously winning five in a row