LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky quarterback Shane Boyd had 335
yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns, leading
the Wildcats to a 51-32 victory over Indiana on Saturday night.
Boyd, celebrating his 22nd birthday, and the Wildcats (1-1)
looked much sharper than they did in their season opener, an
embarrassing 28-0 loss to rival Louisville.
Kentucky scored on seven of its first nine possessions, finished
with 560 yards of offense and posted its highest regulation point
total since a 77-17 victory over Texas-El Paso in the second game
of the 2002 season.
Indiana had 412 yards of offense -- 214 more than the Hoosiers
(2-1) amassed a week earlier in a win over then-No. 24 Oregon -- but
lost for the ninth time in its last 10 meetings against Kentucky.
Indiana was seeking its first 3-0 start since 1994.
As coach Rich Brooks promised, several true freshman played
prominent roles for Kentucky, including Tony Dixon, who started at
tailback and rushed for 105 yards on nine carries. Dixon's 67-yard
touchdown run in the second quarter was Kentucky's longest since
2001, when Chad Scott scored on a 67-yard run against Ball State.
Dixon was only Kentucky's second-leading rusher, though. Boyd
finished with a career-high 130 yards and two touchdowns on 17
carries, scoring on runs of 13 and 9 yards. Boyd also completed 21
of 30 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns, the second-best
passing yardage game of his career.
Kentucky hadn't had two 100-yard rushers in a game since the
2002 win over UTEP and only had one 100-yard game all last season.
Safeties Marcus McClinton and Wesley Woodyard, tailback Rafael
Little, punt returner Dicky Lyons Jr. and wide receiver Lonnell
DeWalt -- true freshman all -- also saw significant action for
Kentucky's 24-point second quarter was its best since the
Wildcats scored 28 points in the third quarter against Florida in
the fifth game of the 2002 season, a span of 21 games. Kentucky
hadn't scored 27 points in the first half since beating Vanderbilt
41-21 in 2002.
Kentucky scored on five of six first-half possessions and led
27-17 at halftime.
Victor Adeyanju returned a Boyd fumble 4 yards for a touchdown
just 61 seconds into the second half, but Kentucky scored the next
21 points, as Boyd threw touchdown passes of 19 yards to Scott
Mitchell and 12 yards to Glenn Holt. The latter pass put Kentucky
ahead 48-24 late in the third quarter.
Indiana quarterback Matt LoVecchio's second touchdown pass to
Courtney Roby covered 64 yards and brought the Hoosiers within
48-32, and the Hoosiers reached the Kentucky 25 early in the fourth
quarter before losing the ball on downs. They didn't threaten
LoVecchio completed 12 of 24 passes for 236 yards (the
second-highest total of his career) and two touchdowns, both to
Roby, who had seven catches for 184 yards.