Kentucky raced to a 21-0 lead before settling for a 28-17 halftime lead, and battled a Central Michigan team nearly to the wire. The Chippewas battled to close the score to 38-36 with just over seven minutes to play before faiing on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game. The 'Cats responded with a short touchdown drive to put the game away.
The Chippewas were often their own worst enemy, putting the ball on the ground with eight fumbles, losing three, and one interception. Kentucky continued its season-long turnover success, with just one fumble and one interception likely keeping the Wildcats among the nation's best in turnover margin.
Woodson was 20-32, 266 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Keenan Burton caught nine passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and Rafael Little rushed 12 times for 70 yards and one touchdown, along with one touchdown reception to lead the 'Cats offensive attack. Tight end Jacob Tamme also caught a touchdown pass.
Despite the loss, Central Michigan blistered the Wildcat defense for 558 total yards, 411 through the air. Dan LeFevour came off the bench to lead the Chippewas, passing for 22-38, 360 yards, 4 touchdowns and one interception. Two Chippewa receivers managed more than 100 yards receiving, with Damien Linson grabbing five passes for 134 yards, two touchdowns, and Bryan Anderson added eight catches for 137 yards and a touchdown.
With the victory, Kentucky moves above .500 for the first time this season, and will next face SEC foe South Carolina in a nationally televised contest next Saturday night on ESPN.