SEC Digital Network
Lexington, Ky. – The Kentucky Wildcats played their first game of the year at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, racking up 675 yards in a 41-7 domination of Miami (Ohio). The Cats coupled their eye-popping offensive numbers with a stifling defensive performance to take care of the Red Hawks.
Mark Stoops’ defense limited Miami to just 122 total yards on 62 plays (1.9 yards per play), including just 23 yards through the air. Contrarily, Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow combined for 513 yards through the air, with Smith tossing three touchdowns in the triumph.
Kentucky (1-1) started quickly out of the gate, hanging 24 points of the board in the first quarter to set the tone for the runaway win. Javess Blue, Jeff Badet and Jonathan George all hauled in TD receptions for UK on the day, while Whitlow and Raymond Sanders tacked on touchdowns on the ground.
Miami quarterback Austin Boucher completed just four of his 14 passes on the afternoon for 23 yards (1.6 yards per pass). Kentucky went into the half with a 31-7 advantage and cruised to the finish line from there, tacking on 10 points in the fourth quarter for good measure to secure win number one of the 2013 season.
Passing – Maxwell Smith, 15-for-23, 310 yards, 3 TD
Rushing – Jojo Kemp, 12 car, 78 yards
Receiving – Javess Blue, 6 rec, 114 yards, TD
Passing – Austin Boucher, 4-for-14, 23 yards
Rushing – Austin Boucher, 19 car, 28 yards
Receiving – Alvonta Jenkins, 1 rec, 11 yards
• Kentucky now leads the all-time series with Miami (OH) 8-4-1.
• The last meeting between these two teams was in 2009, when Kentucky downed Miami 42-0 in Cincinnati.
• Kentucky has now won the last three meetings between the teams.
• Mark Stoops has now recorded his first ever victory as a head coach.