Scores

Final

Cent Michigan 13

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Kentucky 27

(2-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

12:00 PM ET, September 10, 2011

Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY

1 2 3 4 T
CMU 10 3 0 013
UK 3 3 14 727

Top Performers

Passing: R. Radcliff (CMU) - 295 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Clemons (UK) - 14 CAR, 126 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. King (UK) - 5 REC, 100 YDS, 1 TD

Josh Clemons, Morgan Newton help Kentucky top Central Michigan

Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Josh Clemons scored on an 87-yard run, and Morgan Newton ran in a fourth-quarter touchdown to seal Kentucky's 27-13 comeback win over Central Michigan on Saturday.

On Clemons' score, he ran inside and bounced off a tackler before he sprinted down the right sideline. His touchdown run became the longest in school history for a freshman, and the longest for a UK player of any class since Bernie Scruggs ran for 88 yards on Oct. 24, 1970.

Central Michigan controlled the first half, leading 13-6 at halftime. The Chippewas had outgained Kentucky, 227 yards to 94, and controlled possession for just over 19 minutes in the first two quarters. They took a 3-0 lead early on a 19-yard field goal by David Harman and Kentucky answered on the next possession with a 45-yard Craig McIntosh field goal.

With 1:19 left in the first quarter, Central Michigan scored its only touchdown on a 24-yard pass from Ryan Radcliff to Jerry Harris. Harman hit a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter to give the Chippewas their biggest lead. They did not score for the rest of the game.

The Wildcats' offense had opportunities in the first half but never came away with more than a field goal. UK linebacker Danny Trevathan intercepted Radcliff and returned it 28 yards to the Central Michigan 11-yard line. With 1st and 10, Kentucky went three-and-out, and McIntosh missed a 24-yard field-goal attempt off the right upright.

But in the third quarter, Newton woke up the offense. He led a drive that ended in a 34-yard touchdown pass to La'Rod King with 4:07 left to tie the game at 13.

Clemons' touchdown run gave the Wildcats (2-0) their first lead of the game in the third quarter. He became the first Wildcats freshman to record a 100-yard rushing game since Arliss Beach in 2002.

Newton added a 1-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-goal play to give the Wildcats a two-possession lead in the fourth quarter.

Ryan Radcliff threw for 295 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Chippewas (1-1).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CMU
UK
1st Downs2114
Total Yards383344
Passing295114
Rushing88230
Penalties3-341-15
3rd Down Conversions7-183-11
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers22
Possession34:3825:22

Passing Leaders

Central MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Radcliff24/452956.612
KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Newton9/181146.311

Rushing Leaders

Central MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tipton16422.6013
Phillips15412.708
KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clemons141269.0187
Sanders8627.8025

Receiving Leaders

Central MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris69115.2124
Wilson77110.1014
KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
King510020.0146
McCaskill294.506

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCMUUK
FG08:04David Harman 19 Yd 30
FG05:11Craig McIntosh 41 Yd 33
TD01:19Jerry Harris 24 Yd Pass From Ryan Radcliff (David Harman Kick) 103
SECOND QUARTERCMUUK
FG10:20David Harman 30 Yd 133
FG06:19Craig McIntosh 45 Yd 136
THIRD QUARTERCMUUK
TD04:07La'Rod King 34 Yd Pass From Morgan Newton (Craig Mcintosh Kick) 1313
TD00:23Josh Clemons 87 Yd Run (Craig Mcintosh Kick) 1320
FOURTH QUARTERCMUUK
TD05:35Morgan Newton 1 Yd Run (Craig Mcintosh Kick) 1327