NCAAF Game Recap - Toledo at Kentucky
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Kentucky 38, Toledo 24

Aug 31, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

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Toledo (0-1)

7

7

3

7

24

Kentucky (1-0)

0

14

10

14

38

Wilson's 2 touchdown passes lead Kentucky past Toledo 38-24
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:35 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Terry Wilson threw two touchdown passes, Asim Rose and Kavosiey Smoke each ran for TDs and Kentucky overcame Toledo to pull away 38-24 on Saturday in the season opener for both schools.

The Wildcats rallied twice against the Rockets to enter the break tied at 14 before taking control in the second half. A third-quarter fumble recovery led to Chance Poore's 46-yard, go-ahead field goal before Bryce Oliver's leaping grab of Wilson's 32-yard TD pass provided a 10-point lead.

Smoke's 40-yard TD run down the left side midway through the fourth made it 31-17. Kentucky then converted DeAndre Square's interception into Wilson's 2-yard TD pass to Josh Ali to clinch the first meeting between the schools.

"It's always a good thing when you can walk in and win by 14," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. "We did some good things but there's certainly a lot we can improve on."

Wilson completed 19 of 26 passes for 246 yards. Justin Rigg recovered Chris Rodriguez's goal-line fumble in the end zone for Kentucky's first TD and A.J. Rose (16 carries, 64 yards) ran for an 11-yard score. Smoke had 78 yards rushing on seven carries as the Wildcats outgained Toledo 422-347.

Toledo led twice on first-half TD runs of 5 yards by former Kentucky running back Bryant Koback and 21 by quarterback Mitchell Guadagni.

Guadagni left the game in third after his helmet was knocked off after being tackled by Chris Oats, who was ejected for targeting. Replacement Carter Bradley ran for a 7-yard TD with 1:02 remaining.

"I am proud of the fight we showed," Rockets coach Jason Candle said. "We were down (but) responded well and I thought the kids did well with that. I expected us to play and compete. We didn't come down here to be someone's charity game."

THE TAKEAWAY

Toledo: The Rockets never trailed in the first half thanks to the running of Guadagni and Koback. They just couldn't finish Kentucky, which rallied twice to tie the game before a costly fumble led to a field goal. Eleven penalties for 80 yards also hurt, including three pass interference flags that led to 17 points. Guadagni and Koback each rushed for 73 yards as the Rockets edged Kentucky 181-176 on the ground.

Kentucky: The Wildcats answered two wakeup calls in the first half with impressive drives and defensive stops before going ahead for good after halftime. Their win featured uneven play on both sides of the ball. Kentucky was even on the turnovers but came up with takeaways at the right time and registered four sacks. Square, a sophomore linebacker, had 11 tackles including a sack.

UP NEXT

Toledo has a week off before hosting FCS Murray State on Sept. 14.

Kentucky hosts Eastern Michigan on Sept. 7. The Wildcats won the inaugural meeting 24-20 in 2017.

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Passing

Toled Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Guadagni 12 7 58.3 0 122 39 0 93.1
C. Bradley 13 4 30.8 0 44 17 1 9.8
KY Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Wilson 26 19 73.1 2 246 40 0 128.0

Rushing

Toled Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
B. Koback 15 73 4.9 11 1
M. Guadagni 14 73 5.2 21 1
KY Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Smoke 7 78 11.1 40 1
A. Rose 16 64 4.0 21 1

Receiving

Toled Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Mitchell 3 59 19.7 28 0
D. McKinley-Lewis 3 53 17.7 39 0
KY Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
L. Bowden Jr. 6 77 12.8 30 0
A. Wagner 3 57 19.0 40 0

Fumbles

Toled F FL
B. Koback 1 1
KY F FL
L. Bowden Jr. 1 1

Returning

Toled KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. McKinley-Lewis 0 - 0 0 3 2.0 0 5
D. Maddox 1 22.0 0 22 0 - 0 0
KY KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Rodriguez Jr. 1 20.0 0 20 0 - 0 0
J. Ali 0 - 0 0 1 6.0 0 6

Punting

Toled Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Flint 8 339 42.4 58
KY Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Duffy 6 324 54.0 61

Takeaways

KY Int Yds InTD
D. Square 1 3 0

Team Stats Comparison

Toled KY
Points For 24 38
Total Yards 347 422
Rushing Yards 181 176
Passing Yards 166 246
Passing Completions / Attempts 11/25 19/26
Turnovers 2 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 4/2
First Downs 15 20
Penalties - Yards 11/80 7/61
Time Of Possession 15:15 45:45
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/16 3/11
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 8/42 6/54

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Toled KY
Toled 2:45 TD Bryant Koback 5 yd run (Evan Davis kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter Toled KY
KY 0:05 TD Justin Rigg 97 yd run (Chance Poore kick) 7 7
Toled 3:29 TD Mitchell Guadagni 21 yd run (Evan Davis kick) 14 7
KY 8:59 TD Asim Rose 11 yd run (Chance Poore kick) 14 14
3rd Quarter Toled KY
KY 3:27 FG Chance Poore 46 yd FG 14 17
KY 7:43 TD Bryce Oliver 32 yd pass from Terry Wilson (Chance Poore kick) 14 24
Toled 11:53 FG Evan Davis 46 yd FG 17 24
4th Quarter Toled KY
KY 6:34 TD Kavosiey Smoke 40 yd run (Chance Poore kick) 17 31
KY 9:28 TD Josh Ali 2 yd pass from Terry Wilson (Chance Poore kick) 17 38
Toled 13:58 TD Carter Bradley 7 yd run (Evan Davis kick) 24 38

Game Information

Stadium: Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky
Attendance: 54,610
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