Rapid Recap: UK 20, Ohio 3

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mark Stoops says he'll worry about style points at a later date. For now, any victory is a good victory, the Kentucky coach noted after his team's 20-3 win over Ohio on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

The Wildcats' performance was a little rough around the edges -- missing two field goals and dropping a touchdown pass -- but they still handled their MAC opponent in comfortable fashion while rolling up 402 yards in total offense.

"Excited to be 2-0," Stoops said. "Maybe it wasn't as pretty as we'd like it to be, but we're always going to respect wins... Overall, very pleased with the effort."

Sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles completed 17 of 31 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown, but it was his feet that had people buzzing in the aftermath. Towles carried the ball a team-high 22 times for 59 net yards on the day against an Ohio defense that often had UK looking off-balance with its multiple fronts and aggressive attacks into the backfield.

Another sophomore, wide receiver Ryan Timmons, caught a career-high 10 passes for 95 yards. Two freshmen, Stanley Williams and Dorian Baker, scored their first career touchdowns on a run of 53 yards and an 8-yard touchdown pass, respectively.

UK kicker Austin MacGinnis missed a pair of field goals, but also connected on a 53-yarder in the second quarter that tied the school record.

Defensively, Kentucky held Ohio to 223 yards and surrendered only a 44-yard field goal by Josiah Yazdani at the 12:12 mark of the third quarter. It marked the first time since 1988 that the Cats have opened the season by allowing no first-half points in back to back games.


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