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Kentucky remains unbeaten in 48-10 romp over Murray State

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops wasn't worried about his team overlooking Murray State following a 27-16 win at Florida last week.

Despite a slow start, the Wildcats (3-0) outscored the Racers 31-7 in the second half and rolled to a 48-10 victory Saturday. Murray had trouble stopping Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson, who threw for 163 yards and rushed for 80 more to keep the Wildcats perfect on the season.

Coming off an 11-point victory over the Gators that ended a 31-game losing streak in their Southeastern Conference opener, the Wildcats (3-0) showed no signs of a letdown and overwhelmed the Racers from start to finish. Leading 17-3 at the break, Kentucky pulled way in the second half.

''There are things that we could have done better to start, but it does show the strength of the team,'' Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. ''One play at a time. You can't make it happen with one play, take it one step at a time. I always caution that in games where you want to go out there and put it away in that first drive and that doesn't happen. There's always things to learn from.''

Traditionally the Wildcats have struggled against FCS opponents and needed overtime to fend off Ohio Valley Conference member Eastern Kentucky in a 34-27 win in 2015. The task was much easier this time for Kentucky.

Paced by Wilson, the Wildcats used a balanced offense to defeat the Racers, amassing 528 yards of offense, including 245 on the ground. Wilson targeted nine different receivers, mainly Lynn Bowden, who caught eight passes for 89 yards. Wilson and backup Gunnar Hoak threw for 240 yards and one touchdown.

Stoops said Wilson's biggest weapon was his ability to scramble in the pocket and elude Murray State's defense for most of the contest.

''He made some big plays again with his legs,'' Stoops said. ''You can see he was very dynamic when he pulled the ball down. I've been there. As a defensive coach, it'll break your back, it's frustrating, and I'm glad he's doing that for us.''

Benny Snell collected 75 yards on 15 carries and added a score. In limited action in the second half, Snell had just four carries as A.J. Rose and Sihiem King collected a bulk of the carries in the second half.

Like Stoops, Snell said the Wildcats took a ''step forward'' but added there's more room for improvement.

''The score could have been a little bit higher by halftime, the offense could have been a little bit better,'' he said. ''In those red-zone (opportunities) we were just kicking field goals, we weren't scoring (touchdowns). As an offense, we've got to work on that.

In a surprise trick play, Snell completed a shovel pass to Wilson, who then handed the ball off to Zy'Aire Hughes for a 49-yard score to end the third quarter. Snell's block downfield created a wide-open path to the end zone for Hughes in his first career touchdown.

Murray avoided the shutout on Gabrie Vicente's 29-yard field goal at the end of the first half. Racers quarterback Drew Anderson competed 15-of-32 passes for 118 yards. Backup signal caller Preston Rice scored Murray's lone touchdown with a 21-yard run with 30 seconds remaining.

Although a big underdog, Murray State coach Mitch Stewart said the Racers were prepared for the task at hand.

''Obviously, we came up here for one purpose, and that was to win,'' he said. ''The boys came up here with that purpose. I thought that they fought tremendously well. We came up short from our goal . but there were a lot of positives to take from the game . I really do think the guys played with tremendous effort today. We just wore down.''

Overall, Stoops was pleased with the win and likes the where his team stands following the first three weeks of the regular season.

''We're pleased with where we're at, and we're excited to get back to work after this week,'' he said. ''It's going to be a great opportunity (against Mississippi State).''

THE TAKEAWAY

Murray State: In its first two games, Murray ranked No. 12 in the country after forcing five turnovers and scooping up three turnovers, but didn't have as much luck against the Wildcats, who committed six miscues in their first two contests. Kentucky had two fumbles against the Racers, but both were recovered by the Wildcats.

Kentucky: The Wildcats won their first three games for the second-straight season and the third time in the past eight years. The next three conference games are crucial for the Wildcats, who will host Mississippi State and South Carolina respectively during the next two weeks, before a road contest at Texas A&M on Oct. 6.

PERFECTION

Kentucky improved to 11-0 against the current alignment of the Ohio Valley Conference. Kentucky improved to 2-0 against the Racers in the first meeting between the two schools since 2003. The Wildcats defeated the Racers, 37-6 in the first year of the Rich Brooks era.

HEROES HONORED

All active reserve members of the armed forces, police, firefighters and first responders were honored as part of Heroes Day.

During the national anthem, the United States flag was displayed that covered the field. Stoops walked to the stadium with U.S. Army Specialist Brett Bondurant, who lost both of his legs following an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2011.

UP NEXT

Murray State hosts Tennessee-Martin in its Ohio Valley Conference opener.

Kentucky hosts Mississippi State in its first SEC home game.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:30
4-G.Vicente extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
48
Touchdown 0:30
5-P.Rice runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
70
yds
03:08
pos
9
48
Point After TD 3:38
95-M.Butler extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
48
Touchdown 3:38
8-D.Clark runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
55
yds
03:59
pos
3
47
Point After TD 10:16
95-M.Butler extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
41
Touchdown 10:16
12-G.Hoak complete to 89-A.Dailey. 89-A.Dailey runs 23 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
80
yds
01:53
pos
3
40
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:05
95-M.Butler extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
34
Touchdown 0:18
26-B.Snell complete to 3-T.Wilson. 3-T.Wilson 13-Z.Hughes runs 43 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
56
yds
0:51
pos
3
33
Point After TD 3:07
95-M.Butler extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
27
Touchdown 3:07
10-A.Rose runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
87
yds
02:46
pos
3
26
Field Goal 7:25
95-M.Butler 38 yards Field Goal is Good.
16
plays
66
yds
06:36
pos
3
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:01
4-G.Vicente 29 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
74
yds
01:42
pos
3
17
Point After TD 1:43
95-M.Butler extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
17
Touchdown 1:43
26-B.Snell runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
16
plays
69
yds
06:47
pos
0
16
Field Goal 11:34
95-M.Butler 40 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
16
yds
03:17
pos
0
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 11:09
95-M.Butler extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 11:09
3-T.Wilson scrambles runs 42 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
91
yds
03:44
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 17 28
Rushing 7 14
Passing 8 13
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 9-16 6-12
4th Down Conv 0-2 3-3
Total Net Yards 301 519
Total Plays 62 74
Avg Gain 4.9 7.0
Net Yards Rushing 122 245
Rush Attempts 21 43
Avg Rush Yards 5.8 5.7
Net Yards Passing 179 274
Comp. - Att. 20-41 24-31
Yards Per Pass 4.4 8.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-1 1-9
Penalties - Yards 8-60 7-67
Touchdowns 1 6
Rushing TDs 1 4
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 2-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 5-39.8 1-54.0
Return Yards 22 29
Punts - Returns 1-0 1-2
Kickoffs - Returns 1-22 2-9
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-18
Kicking 2/2 8/8
Extra Points 1/1 6/6
Field Goals 1/1 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Murray State 0-3 030710
Kentucky 3-0 710171448
179 PASS YDS 274
122 RUSH YDS 245
301 TOTAL YDS 519
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Anderson 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
46.9% 118 0 0 77.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
46.9% 118 0 0 77.9
D. Anderson 15/32 118 0 0
P. Rice 5 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 37 0 0 136.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 37 0 0 136.9
P. Rice 1/3 37 0 0
S. Bentley 19 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 25 0 1 68.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 25 0 1 68.3
S. Bentley 4/6 25 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Castille 18 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 58 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 58 0
R. Castille 8 58 0 34
D. Penick 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 27 0
D. Penick 7 27 0 16
P. Rice 5 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 25 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 25 1
P. Rice 2 25 1 21
N. Nichols 41 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
N. Nichols 3 7 0 4
D. Anderson 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
D. Anderson 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Honeycutt 22 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 76 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 76 0
M. Honeycutt 4 76 0 37
A. Hayes 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 35 0
A. Hayes 4 35 0 15
C. Newble 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 30 0
C. Newble 1 30 0 30
T. Gray 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 14 0
T. Gray 3 14 0 6
D. Penick 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 8 0
D. Penick 2 8 0 5
S. Turner 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 7 0
S. Turner 2 7 0 4
C. Garrett 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
C. Garrett 1 4 0 4
J. Moss 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
J. Moss 1 3 0 3
R. Castille 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 3 0
R. Castille 2 3 0 8
J. Sappington 85 K
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Sappington 0 0 0 0
D. Dallas 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Dallas 0 0 0 0
N. Nichols 41 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
N. Nichols 0 0 0 0
R. Perkins 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
R. Perkins 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Stepney 35 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Stepney 1-0 0.0 0
M. Sanford 34 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Sanford 1-0 0.0 0
K. Wooten 4 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
K. Wooten 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Vicente 4 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
1/1 1/1
G. Vicente 1/1 29 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Dawson 43 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 39.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
5 39.8 1
S. Dawson 5 39.8 1 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Dallas 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
D. Dallas 1 22.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Castille 18 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
R. Castille 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Wilson 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76% 163 0 0 130.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76% 163 0 0 130.8
T. Wilson 19/25 163 0 0
G. Hoak 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
80% 77 1 0 275.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
80% 77 1 0 275.4
G. Hoak 4/5 77 1 0
B. Snell 26 RB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 43 1 0 791.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 43 1 0 791.2
B. Snell 1/1 43 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Wilson 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 80 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 80 1
T. Wilson 13 80 1 42
B. Snell 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 75 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 75 1
B. Snell 15 75 1 17
C. Rodriguez 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 43 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 43 0
C. Rodriguez 2 43 0 27
S. King 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 26 0
S. King 6 26 0 11
A. Rose 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 19 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 19 1
A. Rose 5 19 1 13
D. Clark 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 1
D. Clark 1 2 1 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
L. Bowden 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 89 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 89 0
L. Bowden 8 89 0 25
C. Thomas 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 51 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 51 0
C. Thomas 2 51 0 40
Z. Hughes 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 49 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 49 1
Z. Hughes 0 49 1 43
A. Dailey 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 38 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 38 1
A. Dailey 2 38 1 0
D. Baker 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 25 0
D. Baker 4 25 0 9
C. Conrad 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 24 0
C. Conrad 3 24 0 13
I. Epps 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
I. Epps 1 8 0 8
J. Rigg 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
J. Rigg 1 5 0 5
J. Ali 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 1 0
J. Ali 1 1 0 1
S. King 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
S. King 0 0 0 0
A. Rose 10 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
A. Rose 0 0 0 0
A. Hayes 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
A. Hayes 1 -1 0 -1
T. Wilson 3 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -6 0
T. Wilson 1 -6 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. McCall 50 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
M. McCall 1-0 1.0 0
J. Davis 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Davis 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Butler 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 6/6
SEASON FG XP
2/2 6/6
M. Butler 2/2 40 6/6 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Duffy 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 54.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
1 54.0 1
M. Duffy 1 54.0 1 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Bowden 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
L. Bowden 1 9.0 9 0
B. Bates 80 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
B. Bates 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Bouvier 33 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
D. Bouvier 1 2.0 2 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:09 MURYST 25 4:30 9 28 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:51 MURYST 12 1:47 6 0 Punt
11:29 MURYST 25 2:54 10 39 Downs
1:43 MURYST 25 1:42 9 64 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MURYST 25 0:45 3 -2 Punt
7:19 MURYST 25 1:13 3 2 Punt
3:07 MURYST 25 1:19 4 -3 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MURYST 25 2:46 8 55 Downs
10:16 MURYST 25 2:29 7 20 INT
3:38 MURYST 25 3:08 10 70 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 UK 9 3:44 8 91 TD
6:30 UK 1 4:29 10 33 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 MURYST 36 3:17 6 16 FG
8:30 UK 36 6:47 16 74 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:01 UK 24 6:36 16 56 FG
5:53 UK 28 2:46 8 72 TD
1:31 UK 44 1:26 4 56 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:09 UK 20 1:53 5 80 TD
7:37 UK 45 3:59 8 55 TD
0:29 UK 35 0:00 1 0