"I just think--really just clean," the UK head coach said. "I think they were just--it was relatively clean. Probably late in the game maybe it gets a little frustrating, sloppy. But the first half, I was pleased.
"We came out and we wanted to start fast. We did. The guys were very energetic, but yet we went out and played with good poise and that's where--that was good to see."
By the final whistle, the UK coaching staff had a lot to be happy about with positives coming from all three phases.
Notably, UK's 59 points were the most it scored since dropping 63 on Western Kentucky in 2010, and the 45-point margin of victory was its most since a 57-point win over UTEP 12 years ago.
Kentucky also turned in six rushing touchdowns, the most in a game since vs. Kent State in 2007.
Defensively, UK forced five turnovers, one third of its total from the entire 2013 season.
Perhaps more importantly as a sign of improvement, UK had two interceptions. That output brought UK within one pick of matching the teams aggregate from a year ago.
And the Wildcats' special teams units to a certain extent too, with a fumble recovery on the opening kickoff of the second half as a feather in new special teams coordinator Craig Naivar's cap.
No. 1's shine
UK's 2014 roster has some duplicate numbers. Two players, for example, wear No. 1. A.J. Stamps on defense (safety), and Ryan Timmons on offense (wide receiver).
Each of UK's No. 1s was impressive in his own right on Saturday.
Stamps wowed those watching Saturday's game with one play in particular early in the game. The junior college transfer safety's one handed interception early in the first quarter made waves on highlight shows across nation.
"It was a nice feeling," Stamps said of the head-turning play. "I just saw the ball and had to go get it and make the play and fortunately it was me. That's something you do as a kid. I was out there practicing my one-handed catches before the game. It's just something you have to be prepared for."
Apparently witnessing plays has become commonplace for everyone on the UK sideline, who have seen Stamps in practices and scrimmages since he enrolled this past spring.
"We saw him walk out the first practice of the spring and you could just tell," starting quarterback Patrick Towles said. "(UK backup quarterback) Reese (Phillips) said the minute A.J. walked on campus that 'he's the guy.' He showed it today, he showed everybody that he is 'the guy.' "
And the player who wears No. 1 on offense didn't have such a bad game himself.
Timmons was UK's leading receiver in a game in which the UK offense had the fourth-best total offensive output in school history.
He finished with three catches for 75 yards, highlighted by a 56-yarder in the second quarter.
But it wasn't just Timmons' receiving that impressed his coaching staff.
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown saw Timmons' disciplined game as tying in with what was a pretty outstanding overall offensive performance for UK.
Timmons looks poised to deliver consistently as a sophomore upon the potential he showed in fleeting moments as a freshman in 2013.
Perhaps the biggest example of Timmons' maturity came not on one of his catches, but on Blake Bone's 29-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
"The thing that sticks out about that play, which had me fired up, is we blocked really well," Brown said. "Ryan Timmons had a really nice block downfield. That would have never happened a year ago."
Timmons' quarterback was even more impressed than his coordinator.
"Timmons when he got here was not a very aggressive guy," Towles said. "It was awesome to see. I got hit (on the touchdown pass to Bone), but I heard the huge roar and then I got up and saw Timmons on top of somebody. It wasn't something I was expecting to see.
"It's great to see the work he's done in the weight room pay off. I also made that throw to him down the sideline and he ran about 20 yards after he caught it."
Offense begins reflecting Brown's blueprint
Kentucky's offensive output in Saturday's win was impressive by just about any measure.
In piling up 656 yards of total offense, Brown's unit began to truly resemble a fast-paced, air-raid attack for arguably the first time in the Stoops era.
"Overall I was extremely pleased," Brown said. "We are better ... how much better? I'm not sure. We'll start to find out next week. Our tempo was better.
"I think we showed signs late in the first and throughout the second quarter of playing how we want to play. Now we can still take it up a notch. That'll be one of those things I want to get better at."
The strong output didn't just encourage Brown, whose offense was lacking for ideal personnel a year ago in his first season in Lexington. Watching his unit stockpile yards and points made for one of the most enjoyable games for Brown in a while.
"I just sent a text about how this was the most fun I had coaching since (November) of 2012," Brown said. "It's been fun all camp I've had a good time, and I appreciate the way our guys have worked. These guys really want to be good. Our talent is getting better. We haven't arrived by any means, but our talent is getting better.
"They're eager to do well, and they've been a fun group to coach ... I think you're going to see continued growth as we go along."
Promises of running back depth prove true
Throughout preseason camp, Kentucky's offensive coaching staff had intimated that running back was the team's deepest position.
Judging by Saturday's performance, the coaches weren't lying.
Three backs combined to score four of UK's five rushing touchdowns.
Braylon Heard touched the ball twice and scored on both of them, once with a run of 73 yards the other time for 43.
"(Braylon) might never want to play again because he has to have the highest per-rush average in school history, in the nation," Brown joked. "He might just say, 'I'm done.' Here's the thing, and this won't show up, but the two runs he had were extremely disciplined runs. We had some runs later in the game that weren't disciplined. The thing that's good for me is we turn on the film tomorrow and here's Braylon doing things exactly the way we coach it."
And while Heard's total 116 yards on just two carries was staggering, both Jojo Kemp and Mikel Horton also found the end zone.
Saturday gave position coach Chad Scott plenty of confidence about the possibility a three-headed monster ground attack with plenty of young talent waiting in the wings as well.
Nobody was more appreciative of UK's effective running game than its passer -- who just so happened to throw for 377 yards as UT Martin stacked the box in an effort to limit big running plays like Heard's touchdowns.
"Those two runs that Braylon had were just text book," Towles said. "Kicking out everyone you're supposed to kick out. To have him back there and to have guys like Jojo and Mikel, playmakers in space, is great. I was excited about the two runs (Braylon) had.
"I was running right behind him trying to chase him into the end zone. He's such a good guy, he does everything right. Coach Brown was talking about how good his runs were. He's just a disciplined guy. It's good to see him succeed."
The Kentucky running backs' next chance to succeed will come Saturday against Ohio in a game sure to be at least somewhat more competitive than the opener.