Kentucky Meets Central Michigan in Home Opener
Sept. 9, 2011
After starting the season with its fifth-consecutive season opener win last Thursday against instate foe Western Kentucky, Kentucky returns to Commonwealth Stadium for its 2011 home opener against Central Michigan on Saturday at noon. Saturday is "Heroes' Day" as UK will honor not only all military members present in the stadium but also its local police, fire and other first responders.
The home opener against Central Michigan begins Kentucky's 39th season at Commonwealth Stadium, where the Wildcats have won five consecutive home lid-lifters since 2006.
The Wildcats are coming off an impressive defensive performance against WKU, posting three players in double-figure tackles, including a game-high 13 by senior Danny Trevathan. Kentucky also earned four turnovers in the game, including two interceptions by senior Winston Guy.
Central Michigan travels to Lexington having posted a solid win in its first game, defeating South Caroline State 21-6. The Chippewas totaled 256 yards of total offense in the game, while their defense performed well with 12 tackles for loss, four pass breakups and two sacks.
Cat Scratches: Offense ready to get back on track against Central Michigan
Watching the Kentucky offense leave the field after last week's season opener against Western Kentucky, it hardly looked like a unit that had just won a game. In a 14-3 victory, the offense did not feel like it had done its part. Riding a defense that forced four turnovers and held the Hilltoppers to just 234 yards and a special teams group that consistently flipped field position, UK came out on top in a low-scoring affair.
Heading into a matchup with Central Michigan 12:00 p.m. ET Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium, the offense is out for redemption. You won't hear any bold proclamations from anyone around the team, but the offense has put in the work during a long week of preparations and is ready to take the field.
Guy, Tydlacka Named Game Captains for Central Michigan Game
University of Kentucky senior safety Winston Guy and senior punter Ryan Tydlacka have been named game captains for Kentucky's home opener with Central Michigan on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium at Noon ET.
Scouting the Chippewas
Central Michigan enters Commonwealth Stadium Saturday under second-year head coach Dan Enos. The Chippewas started their season last Thursday, posting a 21-6 victory over South Carolina State at home. CMU received a solid performance both offensively and defensively, earning 256 yards of total offense, while limiting South Carolina State to only 137 yards of total offense.
Individually, CMU is led by sophomore running back Zurlon Tipton, who is first on the team in rushing with 18 carries for 73 yards and second on the team in receiving with two catches for 14 yards. The Chippewas' junior quarterback Ryan Radcliff also had a solid opening game, completing 14-of-27 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Central Michigan lived in the SCSU backfield, gathering 12 tackles for loss in the game, including two sacks. Junior lineman Steve Winston led the charge with seven tackles, while senior linebacker Mike Petrucci paced CMU with 2.5 tackles for loss. The CMU secondary also earned four pass breakups.
Last Time vs. Central Michigan
Junior wide receiver Keenan Burton caught nine passes for 124 yards with a career-best two receiving touchdowns and Kentucky held off a Central Michigan rally for a 45-36 win in 2006 at Commonwealth Stadium.
The Chippewas began their rally after inserting quarterback Dan LeFevour into the game, cutting the Kentucky lead to 28-17 at halftime. The Chippewas made it close in the fourth quarter, coming to within 38-36, but CMU's attempt at a two-point conversion was incomplete. A three-yard scoring run by Little with 4:30 remaining distanced the Wildcats, who hung on for the win.
Woodson threw for 266 yards and a career-high four touchdown passes, his fourth 200-plus-yard passing game of the season. LeFevour passed for 360 yards and four TDs.
The Wildcat defense came up with four turnovers, three fumbles and an interception. Junior linebacker Wesley Woodyard led the defensive effort for the fifth time this season with nine tackles and two fumble recoveries. Sophomore defensive tackle Myron Pryor registered five tackles, forced two fumbles and notched two sacks. Sophomore safety Marcus McClinton had an interception, caused a fumble, and recovered a fumble.