Rapid Recap: UK 59, UT-Martin 14

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles completed 20 of 29 passes for 377 yards and a touchdown and the Kentucky defense forced five turnovers Saturday as the Wildcats rolled to a 59-14 win over Tennessee-Martin in the season opener at Commonwealth Stadium.

Kentucky rolled up 656 total yards against the Skyhawks, the fourth-highest total in school history. The balanced performance included 422 yards through the air and 234 yards on the ground, the latter highlighted by Nebraska transfer Braylon Heard's two carries for 116 yards, both touchdowns, from 73 and 43 yards.

Heard (pictured above on his first TD run) prained an ankle on the second touchdown run and did not play the remainder of the game. UK head coach Mark Stoops said his status is day-to-day.

Newcomers accounted for five touchdowns on the day, including a pair of scoring runs by both Heard and freshman Mikel Horton and a 29-yard touchdown reception by freshman receiver Blake Bone.

The Wildcat defense forced three fumbles, picked off two passes and recorded three sacks among eigh tackles for loss. Safety A.J. Stamps and cornerback Fred Tiller each had interceptions, putting UK only one shy of its 2013 total of three in 12 games.

Linebacker Khalid Henderson got in on the scoring act as well, scooping up a fumble and racing 89 yards for a score in the third quarter.

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