LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Scott Mayle caught touchdown passes of 44
and 89 yards as Ohio posted a rare win over a major-conference
opponent, beating Kentucky 28-16 on Saturday night.
Ohio (3-2) beat a major-conference team for the first time since
2000, when the Bobcats downed Minnesota. Ohio, a member of the
Mid-American Conference, also beat Maryland in 1997, but otherwise
hadn't defeated a major-conference foe since a 1973 win over
Kentucky (1-3) hadn't lost to such a lightly regarded foe since
1994, when the Southeastern Conference team fell to Northeast
Louisiana during a 1-10 season. Kentucky beat Ohio 35-14 last year.
Ohio led 14-10 at halftime and forced five Kentucky turnovers in
the second half, one as the Wildcats appeared poised to take the
lead. Still trailing 14-10, Kentucky had reached the Ohio 10 early
in the fourth quarter when linebacker Matt Muncy intercepted a pass
from Shane Boyd.
Four plays later, Ohio quarterback Austen Everson threw a slant
pass to Mayle, who broke a tackle and completed the 89-yard scoring
play, the second-longest pass in Ohio history.
With more than eight minutes remaining, Kentucky went for it on
fourth-and-13 from its own 35 on its next series, and when Boyd's
deep pass eluded the grasp of Scott Mitchell, Ohio had prime field
position. Kalvin McRae scored on a 12-yard run to seal the win for
Mayle finished with four catches for a career-high 157 yards,
one week after he had five catches for 134 yards in a 34-0 win over
Buffalo. Mayle's yardage total was the best by an Ohio receiver in
Mayle also led Ohio in rushing, finishing with 52 yards on five
carries, all on end-around plays.