The Kentucky Wildcats (6-5, 3-5) blew by the U-T Martin Skyhawks to clinch bowl eligibility for a fourth straight season.

Read all about the big victory with today’s game recap.

 FIRST QUARTER 

The Wildcats elected to start the day on defense after winning the opening toss. This would pay-off in a big way as on the first play of scrimmage U-T Martin’s Austin Newsom snapped the ball well over the head of quarterback John Bachus III. Bachus recovered the ball in his own end zone and threw a pass that would not reach the line scrimmage resulting in a safety as Kentucky took a quick 2-0 lead.

Kentucky’s first drive would also be a sluggish one as they went three and out after Lynn Bowden overshot a wide-open Josh Ali on third-down forcing the Cats to punt.

Pinned back at their own six yard-line U-T Martin started their second drive of the day quickly as a seven-yard competition to Terry Williams and a six-yard Jaimiee Bowe gave them a first down. Those would be the lone highlights of the drive as the Skyhawks had more trouble snapping the football as this time the aborted snap was recovered by Kentucky’s Yusuf Corker for a touchdown to put the Wildcats in front 9-0.

Down 9-0 U-T Martin wasn’t able to do much on their ensuing possession as on second down Kentucky’s TJ Carter ripped through the offensive line for a sack. The Skyhawks would go three and out as their third-down play came up six yards short of a first down.

Set up at their own 37 it would take Kentucky would need just one play to extend their lead as A.J. Rose exploded for a 63-yard touchdown run to put the Cats in front 16-0.

Kentucky’s defense would force another three and out on the next U-T Martin possession as Jordan Wright got in on the action with a sack. The Zane Cox punt would travel just 31 yards as the Wildcats took over at their own 42-yard line.

The Wildcats’ next drive would not be quite as easy as the previous one as they were forced three and out by the Skyhawks defense. Max Duffy punted the ball to the Skyhawks three-yard line, but Williams was able to return it 43 yards to the U-T Martin 45 to set up his team in great field position.

Despite a highlight-reel catch by Williams to start the drive the Skyhakws would not able to cash in as Kentucky’s defense forced a punt.

With the first quarter finally starting to wind down, Kentucky put the ball on the ground as Kavosiey Smoke took the first four plays of the drive for a combined 19 yards to the U-T Martin 29 yard-line. These would be the only yards Kentucky would gain on the drive; however, as Bowden threw incomplete on third down, forcing Duffy to punt. Duffy’s punt would travel 66 yards setting up U-T Martin at their own five yard-line.

The first quarter would come to an end after a U-T Martin punt was muffed by Kentucky’s Ali and recovered by the Skyhawks. On the final play of the quarter, Calvin Taylor and Josh Paschal combined for a sack to force a 2nd and 17 for U-T Martin.

Score After First Quarter: Kentucky 16, U-T Martin 0 

SECOND QUARTER 

The second quarter would start sloppy for the Skyhawks as on thrid down; Paschal got to Bachus for a sack poking the ball free. Luckily for U-T Martin, the fumble would bounce out of bounds allowing them to punt.

Kentucky kicked-off, their first drive of the quarter with a pair of Bowden runs resulting in a fresh set of downs. These would be the lone positive moments of the drive as on third and long, Bowden was intercepted by Takeem Young at the U-T Martin 17 yard-line as the Wildcats turned the ball over for a second time.

The interception would not come back to bite however as Kentucky’s defense forced another three and out.

Set up at their own 25-yard line Bowden finally made a big play as he broke off a carer long 58 yard-run to move Kentucky inside the Skyhawk 15 yard line. It appeared Kentucky would be forced to try a field goal, but on third and long, U-T Martin was called for pass interference as the Wildcats move to the Skyhawk two-yard line. From there, Kentucky would cash in as Bowden scored from two yards out. The extra point from Poore would miss as it hit the upright as Kentucky extended their lead to 22-0.

U-T Martin’s ensuing possession would start at their own 38-yard line after a late hit out of bounds by Cedrick Dort. After a first down pick up the Skyhawks drive came to an abrupt end as Kordell Looney forced a fumble that was recovered by Jordan Griffin at the UK 47 yard line.

With a chance to add onto their lead Rose found a whole on first down, picking up 35 yards to move Kentucky into the red zone. On fourth and down and one from the U-T Martin nine-yard line, Mark Stoops elected to keep his offense on the field. The plan would pay-off as Bowden carried defenders into the end zone for a touchdown. Matt Ruffolo came on and knocked through the extra point as Kentucky took a 29-0 lead with 1:45 to play in the half.

The half came to an end as Taylor got to the quarterback for the sixth Kentucky sack as the Cats took a 29 point lead into the halftime locker room.

Halftime Score: Kentucky 29, U-T Martin 0 

THIRD QUARTER

The second half of action got off to a wild start as the Skyhawks successfully executed an onside kick to steal possession away from Kentucky. With Kentucky’s second-string defense in the game, the Skyhawks drove inside the UK 30 yard line after Bachus connected with Colton Dowell for a 17 yard gain. Later in the drive, the Skyhawks would move inside the Kentucky five-yard line after a 19 yard Bachus pass to Williams. The Skyhawks would not find the end zone; however, as Kentucky’s Jamin Davis kept U-T Martin off the scoreboard with an interception at the goal line setting up the Wildcats offense at their own 20 yard-line.

On their first drive of the half, Kentucky stuck with Bowden for the first few plays, but after he was able to break off a 40-yard run to put him over 100 yards rushing, the Cats opted to turn to Sawyer Smith at the U-T Martin 34 yard-line. From there, Kentucky would only move the ball two more yards as on fourth down Smith threw incomplete, turning the ball over on downs.

U-T Martin would take over at their own 32 where they’d move up 11 yards to the 43 for a fresh set of downs but manage nothing more as Kentucky forced a punt after a third down and 10 play went just two yards for the Skyhawks.

Kentucky began to feed Smoke on their ensuing possession as he started the drive with a pair of runs for a combined 15 yards. Then they turned to Chris Rodriguez, who added 22 yards on two carries to move the Cats near field. Rodriguez would soon move Kentucky near the red zone as he broke a tackle and picked up 26 yards for a first down. After a pair of runs by Smith to move Kentucky inside the two yard-line Rodriguez finished the job with a two-yard score as Kentucky extended their lead to 36-0.

The quarter came to an end after a two yard run from U-T Martin setting them up with second and eight at their own 28 yard-line.

Score After Third Quarter: Kentucky 36, U-T Martin 0 

FOURTH QUARTER

The fourth quarter opened with U-T Martin converting a third down and long after a 19-yard reception by Dowell. They’d continue to drive down the field with Kentucky’s third-string defense on the field as they entered the red zone after a 16-yard pass to Christian Philpott and soon after scored on a three-yard run from Bowe to cut the UK lead to 36-7.

On their ensuing possession, Kentucky turned to Walker Wood at quarterback. It would be true freshman Travis Tisdale to steal the show, however, as the running back sprinted ahead for a 53 yard gain to move Kentucky inside the U-T Martin five-yard line. On third and goal from the one, Tisdale pushed forward and scored his first carer touchdown to give Kentucky a 43-7 lead.

U-T Martin turned to back-up quarterback Dresser Winn on their next possession as the Skyhawks looked to add another score before leaving Lexington. That wish would not come true as on third down Kentucky’s Marquan McCall barreled into the backfield to take down Bowe for a loss and force a Skyhawk punt.

At their own 30 Kentucky reclaimed possession and continued to run the ball down the Skyhawks throats as freshman Tyler Markray ran for seven yards, and Wood ran for 10 to move Kentucky to their own 47. A Wood completion to true freshman Nik Ognenovic moved Kentucky past midfield, and then it was Markray who added onto the UK lead with a 45-yard touchdown for his first carer score. In addition to giving Kentucky a 50-7 lead, Markray’s run set the UK school record for the most rushing yards in a single game.

With time winding down, U-T Martin put together one final drive that saw them move into UK territory but it would not result in points as Kentucky turned them over on downs.

With 1:14 left in the game true freshman Amani Gilmore checked in at quarterback but just to run out the clock with a pair of kneel-downs as UK completed the blowout victory.

Final Score: Kentucky 50, U-T Martin 7 

MVP: Lynn Bowden

It was just another day at the office for Lynn Bowden as the wide receiver turned quarterback ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries to guide his team to a win.

HONORABLE MENTION: Jamin Davis

With DeAndre Square out with an injury sophomore Jamin Davis stepped up and led the Wildcats in tackles for the second straight week with six and also grabbed an interception at the goal line to turn the Skyhawks away from scoring.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Here are tonight’s highlights from the UK Sports Network.

 

 

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