Scores

Final

W Kentucky 3

(2-3, 1-3 away)

Kentucky 41

(4-0, 3-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, September 27, 2008

Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY

1 2 3 4 T
WKU 0 3 0 03
UK 3 14 14 1041

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hartline (UK) - 172 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Dixon (UK) - 13 CAR, 45 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Lyons Jr. (UK) - 6 REC, 34 YDS

Wildcats are unwelcome hosts in rout of Hilltoppers

Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Tony Dixon ran for two touchdowns and Kentucky ruined Western Kentucky's first visit to Commonwealth Stadium in a 41-3 victory on Saturday.

Derrick Locke added a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for the Wildcats (4-0), who will enter Southeastern Conference play unbeaten for the second straight year.

Just don't confuse unbeaten for unbeatable.

Kentucky's offense struggled for long stretches against the Hilltoppers, only occasionally coming to life, thanks mostly to the play of Dixon and fellow running backs Locke and Alfonso Smith.

Bobby Rainey had 248 total yards for the Hilltoppers (2-3), including 99 on the ground and 149 on kickoff returns.

Still, it wasn't nearly enough for WKU to knock off the Wildcats.

Kentucky harassed WKU quarterback K.J. Black all night, limiting him to just 8 yards passing and sacking him four times. The Hilltoppers had hoped their spread offense would give the Wildcats as much trouble as Middle Tennessee State's version did two weeks ago. Kentucky needed a diving tackle at the 1-yard line on the game's final play to avoid the upset against the Blue Raiders.

There would be no last-gasp heroics necessary this time. Dixon, Smith and Locke made sure of that. The trio combined for 146 yards as the Wildcats eventually wore the Hilltoppers down in the second half.

WKU is in the final year of transition from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision and have been waiting nearly a century to take on the state's flagship school.

Kentucky hardly played the role of hospitable host, though it took the Wildcats a while to get going under a slew of dropped passes and relatively lethargic play.

Dixon jumped over from 1 yard to put Kentucky up 10-0 early in the second quarter. But WKU cut it to 10-3 on a 50-yard field goal by Tanner Siewert with 3:07 remaining in the half.

The momentum lasted all of 15 seconds, or about as long as Locke took to race 100 yards with the ensuing kickoff to put the Wildcats up 17-3.

The score seemed to wake up the Wildcats, who put the game away in the third quarter. Smith capped a drive with a 35-yard touchdown run and Mike Hartline followed with a 2-yard scoring pass to Moncell Allen.

Hartline's numbers were hardly staggering. He completed 19 of 30 passes for 172 yards and a score but also threw his first interception of the season.

It was workmanlike but not exactly spectacular. The road gets much tougher for Kentucky next week when the Wildcats travel to Alabama.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WKU
UK
1st Downs823
Total Yards157398
Passing15182
Rushing142216
Penalties1-155-35
3rd Down Conversions3-157-13
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers11
Possession27:3432:26

Passing Leaders

Western KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Black3/1080.800
KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hartline19/301725.711

Rushing Leaders

Western KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rainey99911.0040
Wolke4153.805
KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith66711.2135
Dixon13453.5212

Receiving Leaders

Western KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jeter188.008
Savko166.006
KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lyons Jr.6345.709
Conner33210.7018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWKUUK
FG10:56Ryan Tydlacka 45 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERWKUUK
TD11:43Tony Dixon 1 Yd Run (Lones Seiber Kick) 010
FG03:07Tanner Siewert 50 Yd 310
TD02:52Derrick Locke 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Lones Seiber Kick) 317
THIRD QUARTERWKUUK
TD13:21Alfonso Smith 35 Yd Run (Lones Seiber Kick) 324
TD01:49Moncell Allen 2 Yd Pass From Mike Hartline (Lones Seiber Kick) 331
FOURTH QUARTERWKUUK
TD10:16Tony Dixon 2 Yd Run (Lones Seiber Kick) 338
FG05:35Ryan Tydlacka 33 Yd 341