KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES UT Martin at Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium -- Lexington, Ky. Aug. 30, 2014
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 59, UT Martin 14
Team Records and Series Notes
With the win, Kentucky is 1-0 and with the loss, UT Martin drops to 0-1.
UK won the first all-time meeting between the two schools.
UK has now won nine consecutive home lidlifters, dating back to 2006.
UK is now 84-35-5 all-time in season openers and is 71-15-4 all-time in season openers at home.
Kentucky will return to action on Saturday, hosting Ohio at 3:30 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU and will be broadcast live on the UK Radio Network, with Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel voicing the action.
UK’s 59-14 win marked its most points scored since hanging 63 on Western Kentucky in 2010.
UK’s 45-point margin of victory was its most since a 77-17 win over UTEP in 2002.
Kentucky finished with six rushing touchdowns, its most in a game since vs. Kent State in 2007.
Kentucky finished with 656 yards of total offense, which was the fourth greatest single-game total in school-history. UK finished with 675 yards of total offense vs. Miami (Ohio) last season for the third-highest total in school history
UK forced five turnovers; it’s most since 2008 vs. Louisville. UK has forced four turnovers on four occasions since 2008.
UK had two interceptions, its most since picking off two passes at Missouri in 2012.
UK had 201 rushing yards out of players that did not play in 2013, marking 86-percent of its rushing output in the game.
All 422 yards of UK’s passing game came from quarterbacks that did not see game action last year.
UK’s 446 yards in the first half was more than 11 of UK’s 12 games last year.
Six of UK’s eight tackles for loss and all three forced fumbles were caused by players who didn’t see game action in 2013.
UK finished with 21 points off turnovers.
The Wildcats finished with 422 yards passing, marking its best passing output since throwing for 430 yards in a 2007 game vs. Tennessee in four overtimes.
The last time UK threw for over 422 yards in a regulation game was when it threw for 450 yards in a win over Vanderbilt in 2006.
UK forced and recovered three fumbles, marking its most fumbles recovered since three at Georgia in 2011.
Sophomore QB Patrick Towles had a sparkling debut in his first career start, going 20-for-29 for 377 yards and one TD.
Towles also rushed for his first career TD, a career-long 23-yard rush, finishing with three rushes for 30 yards.
With 407 total yards of offense, Towles had the second-most yards from scrimmage for a UK quarterback making his first career start, just behind the 409 yards Dusty Bonner had in a 1999 game with Louisville.
Kentucky QBs, since 1996, have a 5-6 record in their first career starts.
Towles threw for his second career TD, a 29-yard pass to Blake Bone.
It marked Towles first TD pass since Oct. 6, 2012 vs. Mississippi State.
Towles is the first UK QB to throw for 300+ yards since Maxwell Smith vs Miami (Ohio) in 2013.
Junior RB Braylon Heard rushed for a 73-yard touchdown on his first career touch for the Wildcats.
It marked the longest rush for UK since Jalen Whitlow scampered 88 yards for a touchdown vs. Alabama State in 2013.
On Heard’s second career rush, he took it 43 yards for a touchdown.
Heard finished with 116 yards on just two carries.