Recap: Kentucky vs. Miami-Ohio
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Maxwell Smith threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns as the Kentucky Wildcats recorded their first win for new head coach Mark Stoops with a resounding 41-7 triumph over the Miami-Ohio RedHawks at Commonwealth Stadium.
Smith, who made his first start since suffering a season-ending ankle injury last September, converted 15-of-23 pass attempts on the afternoon for the Wildcats (1-1), while backup signal-caller Jalen Whitlow accounted for another 103 yards on 10 completions and scored once on the ground.
The RedHawks (0-2), who were crushed by Marshall in the season opener last week in West Virginia, 52-14, generated just 122 yards of total offense, a mere 23 yards through the air as quarterback Austin Boucher connected on 4- of-14 and was sacked five times.
The Wildcats opened the meeting with 17 straight points in the first quarter, beginning with a nine-yard touchdown run by Whitlow less than two minutes in. Kicker Joe Mansour contributed a 22-yard field goal, followed by a 48-yard scoring pass between Smith and Jonathan George.
Miami was able to break through when Collin Boucher forced a fumble deep in Kentucky territory, which Chris Wade recovered and returned six yards to the end zone in order to make the score 17-7.
Less than two minutes later Kentucky was back on the attack as Smith hooked up with Javess Blue for an 88-yard TD pass play before the end of the first quarter.
In the second the Wildcats added to their advantage with a five-yard touchdown run by Raymond Sanders, pushing the lead to 31-7 at the break.
Following a scoreless third quarter, the Wildcats continued to pile on as Mansour knocked through a 21-yard field goal less than a minute into the fourth frame, followed by a 56-yard TD pass play between Smith and Jeff Badet to give the hosts the lopsided 34-point victory.
Defensively, Kentucky held the visitors to just 1-of-16 on third-down attempts, while Za'Darius Smith registered half of his six tackles on the day against Boucher in the backfield.
The RedHawks have now lost six straight games and eight of the last nine, the lone win during that span being a narrow 23-20 triumph over Ohio University on Oct. 27, 2012.
Stoops arrived in Lexington in late November of last year, coming over from Florida State where he was the defensive coordinator for three seasons.Game Notes