"That was what you would call a physical whipping," coach Rich Brooks said, "we just could not get our defense off the field in the first half. Indiana did a good job and we simply did not answer the bell."
Hoosier running back Chris Taylor ran for a career-high 176 yards, which ended a three-game losing streak to rival Kentucky. Indiana is 3-0 for the first time since 1994, and coach Terry Hoeppner became the first Hoosiers coach to debut with three straight wins in almost 100 years. If the Hoosiers win at Wisconsin on Oct. 1, Hoeppner will be the first Indiana coach to win his first four games. For the Wildcats, Andre Woodson completed 10 of 18 passes for 136 yards, including one touchdown. Running back Andre Little rushed for 86 yards, including one touchdown run.
Receiver Scott Mitchell caught two passes for 95 yards, including the Wildcats' only other touchdown, a 79 TD completion from Woodson.
The Hoosiers entered the game not known as a good running team averaging just 2.8 yards per carry, but Kentucky did little to stop Taylor or any other Indiana back for that matter. They finished with 305 yards rushing, the first time in four years Indiana topped the 300-yard mark in a game.
"When IU came out in a physical running game, we did not react," Brooks said, "we just did not get off the blocks. And we finally showed a little life we got the wind taken out of our sails with an 86 yard kickoff return. That was a real momentum buster." The Hoosiers used four-receiver formations to spread the UK defense, and Taylor quickly took advantage. In the first half, Taylor already bested his career-high with 127 yards rushing.
Powers took care of the rest. He mixed up passing to four different receivers - Matt O'Neal, Nick Sexton, Brandon Walker-Roby and James Hardy - on TD passes of 14, 1, 9 and 4 yards to give Indiana a 31-7 lead.
The Wildcats would never get untracked. UK had only three first downs and 67 total yards in the first half, and would not score until Rafael Little ran 13 yards for a TD early in the third quarter. Woodson's pass to Mitchell would be too little too late.
"We are going to really have to focus with our SEC schedule coming up," Mitchell said after the game, "We felt pretty good coming into the game. Indiana is a good team and it just goes to show that you have to bring you're A-game every week. You can never relax." But the Wildcats never caught up and coach Rich Brooks dropped to 1-10 in road games since taking over Kentucky in 2003. The Wildcats lost to the Hoosiers for just the second time in 11 meetings.
"It's my responsibility to make this team play better but obviously what we did just did not work," Brooks said, "Indiana did a good job of scouting us and stopped us in areas where we had been playing pretty well."