LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Andre Woodson threw four touchdown passes
and Rafael Little scored two TDs to lead Kentucky to a 45-36
victory over Central Michigan on Saturday night.
Woodson, who threw only six touchdowns as Kentucky's starter
last year, now has 14 to tie him for the Southeastern Conference
lead with Chris Leak.
In a battle of high-octane, albeit sometimes error-prone
offenses, Central Michigan mounted a second-half comeback and
pulled to 38-36 when Dan LeFevour found Bryan Anderson for a
23-yard touchdown with seven minutes left.
But a false start penalty on the 2-point conversion try pushed
the Chippewas back, and Kentucky's Trevard Lindley batted down
another LeFevour pass to Anderson in the end zone.
A short kickoff and personal foul penalty immediately moved
Kentucky (3-2) into Central Michigan territory on the ensuing
drive, and Little ran 4 yards for his second touchdown -- to put it
out of reach.
The Chippewas (2-3) were playing their first game against an SEC
foe since losing to defending national champion Florida in 1997.
Central Michigan lost three of its eight fumbles and threw an
interception. Kentucky also had turnover problems in the first half
with a lost fumble and interception.
For the first time this season, Kentucky scored on its opening
possession. A balanced attack of runs and passes quickly moved the
team into position before Keenan Burton found the end zone on a
3-yard pass from Woodson.
After that, it started raining turnovers -- including the next
three straight plays, with many more to follow.
Brian Brunner completed a pass to tight end Dave Condeni, only
for Condeni to immediately cough up the ball to Kentucky linebacker
With possession back, Woodson tried to hit Dicky Lyons deep, but
Pacino Horne leaped to pick it off in the end zone.
On the next play, Kentucky got it back when Marcus McClinton
intercepted a flea-flicker attempt. Woodson capitalized this time,
finding tight end Jacob Tamme for a 19-yard score to make it 14-0.
McClinton disrupted Central Michigan plays all night long by
forcing one fumble and recovering another along with the pick.
More fumbles ended the next drive for both teams before a
dazzling play by Little gave the Wildcats a three-touchdown lead
and put aside concerns about his ailing knee. He took a shuffle
pass and scored from 24 yards out, using a sharp cut to fake out
would-be tackler Tim Brazzel.
Kentucky, which later recovered yet another fumble and picked up
a touchdown run from Tony Dixon, seemed to be cruising to victory.
But Central Michigan coach Brian Kelly made a quarterback change,
and the Chippewas came to life.
On his first possession under center, redshirt freshman LeFevour
connected with Damien Linson for a 61-yard touchdown.
He also threw a 10-yard score to Justin Gardner, and Rick
Albreski nailed a 19-yard field goal as the final seconds of the
half expired to cut Kentucky's lead to 28-17.
A fake punt followed by another field goal would make it a
one-possession game early in the second half.
Even though he didn't start, LeFevour matched Woodson's four
touchdown passes and also had 360 yards.
Burton had two touchdowns and 124 receiving yards to lead
Kentucky. Anderson had 157 yards receiving and Linson added 134 for