Kentucky survives


Cats overcome 14-point deficit

By Keith Taylor - Associated Press Writer



Jeff Drummond | AllWildcats.com Eastern Kentucky’s Kiante Northington went up for an interception in from of Dorian Baker late in the first half of Saturday’s game against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 34-27 in overtime.


KENTUCKY 34, E. KENTUCKY 27, OT

E. Kentucky 0 6 7 14 0 —27

Kentucky 7 0 6 14 7 —34

First Quarter

Ky_Towles 1 run (Butler kick), :51.

Second Quarter

EKen_Borders 6 pass from Coney (kick failed), 8:49.

Third Quarter

EKen_Coney 1 run (L.Williams kick), 10:59.

Ky_Badet 36 pass from Towles (kick failed), 8:23.

Fourth Quarter

EKen_Mobley 6 run (L.Williams kick), 12:50.

EKen_Borders 15 pass from Coney (L.Williams kick), 7:39.

Ky_Kemp 7 run (Butler kick), 4:59.

Ky_Baker 5 pass from Towles (Butler kick), :52.

Overtime

Ky_Baker 3 pass from Towles (Butler kick).

A_63,380.

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EKen Ky

First downs 20 24

Rushes-yards 51-180 36-55

Passing 183 329

Comp-Att-Int 19-32-0 29-42-2

Return Yards 36 19

Punts-Avg. 5-41.4 6-37.3

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1

Penalties-Yards 8-77 6-46

Time of Possession 31:15 28:45

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_E. Kentucky, E.Thomas 20-84, Mobley 21-74, Coney 9-30,

Beasley 1-(minus 8). Kentucky, Kemp 14-46, Horton 9-13,

Towles 13-(minus 4).

PASSING_E. Kentucky, Coney 19-32-0-183. Kentucky,

Towles 29-42-2-329.

RECEIVING_E. Kentucky, Mobley 5-50, Borders 4-38, Beasley 3-20,

Madon 2-28, E.Thomas 2-26, Brown 2-15, Miller 1-6. Kentucky, Baker 8-86,

Bone 7-85, Badet 4-59, Horton 4-51, G.Johnson 3-25, C.Walker 1-12,

Kemp 1-9, Montgomery 1-2.

LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops admitted he was worried in the final seven minutes of regulation with the Wildcats facing a 14-point deficit to FCS opponent Eastern Kentucky.

But Kentucky rallied with two touchdowns before the end of regulation and another in overtime to defeat the Colonels 34-27 and avoid a stunning upset.

Patrick Towles led the charge, finishing with 329 yards passing and three touchdown passes, including one in the final minute of regulation and one in overtime.

Although his coach was nervous, Towles remained calm in the midst of a storm.

“We are going to fight no matter who we are playing,” Towles said. “We were not going to give up.”

Stoops admitted “it wasn’t looking good” for his squad, which has won all four of its games by eight points or less.

“I am human,” he said. “We were not playing very well on either side of the ball.”

The Wildcats (4-1) trailed 27-13 lead with 7:39 remaining, but JoJo Kemp’s 7-yard TD run with 4:59 remaining followed by Towles’ 5-yard touchdown pass to Dorian Baker with 52 seconds left in regulation tied the score.

Eastern Kentucky (2-2) got the ball back and ran out the clock, forcing the extra period.

The momentum carried over into overtime for the Wildcats. Towles’ 3-yard pass to Baker on Kentucky’s first series gave them the touchdown they needed. The Wildcats stopped Eastern Kentucky on four downs to end the contest.

“Fortunate is the word that jumps out right now,” said Stoops. “Give them credit. I?feel like they coached better than we did. They played with more energy and executed better than we did.”

Kentucky’s offense struggled in the first three quarters before gaining traction. Baker hauled in eight passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Blake Bone added seven catches for 85 yards.

Kentucky had a slow start coming off a 21-13 win over then-No. 25 Missouri, though Towles opened the scoring on a 1-yard keeper with 51 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Towles’ run by was set up by his own 40-yard completion to Blake Bone.

Kentucky was without top running back Stanley “Boom” Williams, who missed some time at practice last week while dealing with “personal issues.” Williams, the No. 7 rusher in the Southeastern Conference coming into the contest (85.8 yards per game), was on the sidelines.

Williams’ absence showed, especially in the first half, as the Wildcats rushed for just 23 yards. Kentucky finished with 55 yards rushing, led by Kemp, who had 46 yards on 14 carries.

The Colonels’ inspiring effort came following an emotional week as Eastern Kentucky was mourning the death of teammate Joey Kraemer, who was killed in a single-vehicle accident last week in Richmond. The Colonels wore patches on the front of their jerseys with the initials “JK” in memory of Kraemer, while Kentucky observed a moment of silence to honor Kraemer prior to kickoff.

Bennie Coney threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns, while former Kentucky running back Dy’Shawn Mobley rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns and had five catches for 50 yards.

Jeff Drummond | AllWildcats.com Eastern Kentucky’s Kiante Northington went up for an interception in from of Dorian Baker late in the first half of Saturday’s game against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 34-27 in overtime.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_JD-Dorian-Baker-vs-Kiante-Northington.jpgJeff Drummond | AllWildcats.com Eastern Kentucky’s Kiante Northington went up for an interception in from of Dorian Baker late in the first half of Saturday’s game against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 34-27 in overtime.
Cats overcome 14-point deficit

By Keith Taylor

Associated Press Writer

KENTUCKY 34, E. KENTUCKY 27, OT

E. Kentucky 0 6 7 14 0 —27

Kentucky 7 0 6 14 7 —34

First Quarter

Ky_Towles 1 run (Butler kick), :51.

Second Quarter

EKen_Borders 6 pass from Coney (kick failed), 8:49.

Third Quarter

EKen_Coney 1 run (L.Williams kick), 10:59.

Ky_Badet 36 pass from Towles (kick failed), 8:23.

Fourth Quarter

EKen_Mobley 6 run (L.Williams kick), 12:50.

EKen_Borders 15 pass from Coney (L.Williams kick), 7:39.

Ky_Kemp 7 run (Butler kick), 4:59.

Ky_Baker 5 pass from Towles (Butler kick), :52.

Overtime

Ky_Baker 3 pass from Towles (Butler kick).

A_63,380.

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EKen Ky

First downs 20 24

Rushes-yards 51-180 36-55

Passing 183 329

Comp-Att-Int 19-32-0 29-42-2

Return Yards 36 19

Punts-Avg. 5-41.4 6-37.3

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1

Penalties-Yards 8-77 6-46

Time of Possession 31:15 28:45

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_E. Kentucky, E.Thomas 20-84, Mobley 21-74, Coney 9-30,

Beasley 1-(minus 8). Kentucky, Kemp 14-46, Horton 9-13,

Towles 13-(minus 4).

PASSING_E. Kentucky, Coney 19-32-0-183. Kentucky,

Towles 29-42-2-329.

RECEIVING_E. Kentucky, Mobley 5-50, Borders 4-38, Beasley 3-20,

Madon 2-28, E.Thomas 2-26, Brown 2-15, Miller 1-6. Kentucky, Baker 8-86,

Bone 7-85, Badet 4-59, Horton 4-51, G.Johnson 3-25, C.Walker 1-12,

Kemp 1-9, Montgomery 1-2.

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