Scores

Final

Kentucky 26

(0-1)

W Kentucky 35

(1-0)

7:10 PM ET, August 31, 2013

LP Field, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
UK 3 14 0 926
WKU 7 14 7 735

Top Performers

Passing: B. Doughty (WKU) - 271 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Andrews (WKU) - 20 CAR, 99 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Henry (WKU) - 6 REC, 65 YDS, 1 TD

Petrino winner as W Kentucky beats Kentucky 35-26

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Keshawn Simpson ran for a pair of 3-yard touchdowns and Antonio Andrews added his own 3-yard score as Western Kentucky beat Kentucky 35-26 Saturday night making coach Bobby Petrino a winner in his debut.

The Hilltoppers also beat their in-state rival for a second straight year, though they didn't need overtime like they did last year in this win over the Southeastern Conference program. They outgained Kentucky 487-419 in total offense and held the ball for 35 minutes.

The loss ruined Kentucky coach Mark Stoops' debut. Coordinator Neal Brown's Air Raid offense struggled against a Western Kentucky defense returning seven starters from a bowl team that went 7-6 last season in the Sun Belt Conference.

Brandon Doughty was 27 of 34 for 271 yards and a TD, numbers that would have been better except for at least four drops including a would-be touchdown.

Petrino's debut was everything Western Kentucky wanted from the coach's first game. Arkansas fired Petrino in April 2012 for misleading school officials about a motorcycle accident that eventually revealed his mistress was a passenger and employed by the coach. He remains undefeated in season openers, improving to 9-0.

When Petrino has had more than a week to prepare for an opponent, he is nearly unbeatable with a record now 28-8 in such games. The former Louisville coach also now is 5-1 against Kentucky with his lone loss coming while at Arkansas. He'll have a chance to go 2-0 against the SEC when the Hilltoppers visit Tennessee next.

The Hilltoppers decked the end zones with red banners to help make themselves at home in LP Field, home to the NFL's Tennessee Titans. They also had plenty of fans also on hand too with a crowd of 47,623.

Western Kentucky took control from the start and scored on three of the first four possessions. Western Kentucky went 75 yards or longer on each of the TD drives with Simpson scoring on a pair of 3-yard runs, the second putting the Hilltoppers up 21-10 in the second quarter.

Andrews also had a 3-yard TD. But the senior running back who ran for 1,728 yards last season also lost two fumbles that Kentucky turned into 10 points to trail only 21-17 at halftime. Leon Allen replaced Allen and ran 10 times for 92 yards and a 14-yard TD early in the fourth quarter for a 35-17 lead.

The Wildcats had to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Joe Mansour off the first fumble recovered by Avery Williamson. Jalen Whitlow ran 50 yards the play after Andrews' second fumble, and Jonathan George capped the 64-yard drive with a 5-yard TD to pull within 21-17 late in the first half.

Stoops put in Maxwell Smith after Western Kentucky went up 35-17. Smith drove the Wildcats to a 30-yard field goal by Mansour and he connected with Demarco Robinson on a 34-yard TD pass with 1:37 left. But Western Kentucky safety Jonathan Dowling stripped Ryan Timmons of the ball with 6:33 left, and the Wildcats' last gasp ended when an onside kick attempt went out of bounds.

Petrino made sure the Hilltoppers got to kneel down and run out the last seconds. On fourth-and-2, he took a timeout, then had Doughty throw for a 17-yard completion to clinch the victory.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UK
WKU
1st Downs1522
Total Yards419487
Passing203271
Rushing216216
Penalties10-695-35
3rd Down Conversions6-152-10
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers12
Possession24:5835:02

Passing Leaders

KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith8/131259.610
Western KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Doughty27/342718.010

Rushing Leaders

KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders14987.0049
Whitlow77510.7150
Western KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Andrews20995.0120
Allen10929.2121

Receiving Leaders

KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson56913.8134
Kendrick35618.7027
Western KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Henry66510.8125
McNeal6579.5018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUKWKU
TD10:53Keshawn Simpson 3 Yd Run (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 07
FG04:35Joe Mansour 22 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERUKWKU
TD14:21Antonio Andrews 3 Yd Run (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 314
TD12:47Jalen Whitlow 19 Yd Run (Joe Mansour Kick) 1014
TD07:46Keshawn Simpson 3 Yd Run (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 1021
TD03:55Jonathan George 5 Yd Run (Joe Mansour Kick) 1721
THIRD QUARTERUKWKU
TD01:50Mitchell Henry 9 Yd Pass From Brandon Doughty (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 1728
FOURTH QUARTERUKWKU
TD13:32Leon Allen 14 Yd Run (Garrett Schwettman Kick) 1735
FG09:52Joe Mansour 30 Yd 2035
TD01:37Demarco Robinson 34 Yd Pass From Maxwell Smith (Pat Failed) 2635