BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Chris Taylor ran for a career-high 176
yards and Blake Powers threw four touchdown passes for Indiana,
which ended a three-game losing streak to rival Kentucky with a
38-14 win Saturday.
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 since James Sheldon in 1905. If the Hoosiers win at
Wisconsin on Oct. 1, Hoeppner will be the first coach in school
history to win his first four games.
The Hoosiers entered the game averaging 2.8 yards per carry, but
relied on a punishing ground game to set up the pass. They finished
with 305 yards rushing, the first time in four years Indiana topped
the 300-yard mark in a game.
Indiana spread out Kentucky's defense with three and
four-receiver formations, and Taylor quickly took advantage. Midway
through the second quarter, he already had a new career-high with
127 yards rushing. His previous best was 102 yards against
Northwestern in 2002, and the only thing that slowed him down was
cramps in his right leg.
Powers took care of the rest. He hooked up with 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
Kentucky struggled most of the night. The Wildcats had only
three first downs and 67 total yards in the first half, and didn't
score until Rafael Little ran 13 yards for a TD early in the third
quarter. Andre Woodson hooked up with Scott Mitchell on a 79-yard
TD pass late in the third quarter to make it 31-14.
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