NCAAF Game Recap - Eastern Michigan at Kentucky
Sat Sep 7, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

Sep 7, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Eastern Michigan (1-1)

0

3

7

7

17

Kentucky (2-0)

14

3

7

14

38

Kentucky rolls past Eastern Michigan 38-17; QB Wilson hurt
Sun Sep 8, 2019 2:49 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Sawyer Smith hurriedly tossed the football to a Kentucky teammate as medical personnel tended to quarterback Terry Wilson while he lay on the turf with an injured left knee.

Wilson was soon carted off to cheers, raising his right arm as he left the field. His backup then rose to the occasion to seal the game.

Smith threw two touchdown passes in relief of the injured Wilson, who rushed for a TD before hurting his leg, and Kentucky rolled past Eastern Michigan 38-17 on Saturday night.

Wilson's 2-yard TD run in the third quarter put the Wildcats (2-0) up 24-3 before he was carted off later with the injury following a horse-collar tackle by EMU defensive lineman Turan Rush, who was flagged on a play with offsetting penalties (Kentucky was flagged for illegal formation). Wilson exited after teammates offered supportive handshakes.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Wilson would have an MRI on Sunday but added, "it doesn't look good."

Said Eagles coach Chris Creighton, "There is not a single guy that does not feel bad about him (Wilson) being hurt. We send our thoughts and prayers to him."

Smith, a junior transfer from Troy, came in and hit Ahmad Wagner for a 54-yard touchdown and Lynn Bowden for the final 2-yard TD with 54 seconds remaining. A.J. Rose and Kavosiey Smoke rushed for TDs of 8 and 32 yards, respectively, in a game the Wildcats led throughout.

EMU never got closer than 14 points as Smith maintained a safe cushion. Not to mention, perspective about his status.

"We have each other's backs," said Smith, who completed 5 of 9 passes for 76 yards. "I can't say enough about what kind of a person Terry is. He's one of the good guys. I came here to be a backup. I knew I was going to be a backup and was fine doing that.

"I'm glad they called some running plays to kind of get me going and then cut me loose a bit."

Kentucky outgained the Eagles (1-1) 461-386, including a 239-49 rushing edge. But the Wildcats committed seven penalties for 84 yards, several of which snuffed first-half chances to put the game out of reach.

"There's just a lot of things we could clean up, and we will," Stoops said. "I know we can be a lot better and that's a good thing."

Eagles quarterback Mike Glass III threw TD passes of 26 and 7 yards and completed 34 of 53 attempts for 337 yards.

DO THE MATH

Kentucky passed up a chance for two points on a safety when EMU was called for offensive holding in the end zone in the second quarter. Jordan Griffin intercepted Mike Glass III on the play and returned the ball to set up the Wildcats at the 11-yard line, leading Stoops to decline the penalty and points in hopes of a touchdown and possible 21-0 lead. The drive stalled but Kentucky still came out ahead as Chance Poore kicked a 40-yard field goal.

IN A RUSH

Smoke rushed for 92 yards on 11 carries, Rose had 82 on 17 attempts and Wilson carried eight times for 43. Kentucky surpassed last week's 176-yard performance against Toledo.

THE TAKEAWAY

Eastern Michigan: The Eagles were never in this game because they couldn't stop Kentucky's offense. Glass hit Line Latu and Bryson Cannon for TDs and surpassed 300 yards, but he also threw two interceptions and was sacked twice before halftime. This followed a near-perfect opener in which he completed 20 of 22 passes for 188 yards with three TDs. And it spoke volumes about how Kentucky's defense pressured him and stifled the run game.

"They were some solid guys, they had talent all around," said Glass, who led EMU with 35 yards rushing on 10 carries. "It was just more of a passing game for us. We didn't take our chances when we had them."

Kentucky: Wilson's status was the big concern, though the Wildcats have others after struggling for several stretches. The Wildcats achieved their goal of starting quicker with two first-quarter TD drives, but a ragged second quarter featuring Rose's fumble at the EMU 1 and penalties that hurt two other possessions killed chances to put it out of reach early.

UP NEXT

Eastern Michigan faces its second consecutive Power Five opponent when it visits Big Ten Conference member Illinois on Saturday.

Kentucky hosts No. 11 Florida on Saturday night, seeking its first home win against the Gators since 1986 and first series winning streak since 1976-77.

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Passing

E Mi Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Glass III 53 34 64.2 2 337 38 2 78.9
KY Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Wilson 26 14 53.8 0 114 14 0 65.2
S. Smith 9 5 55.6 2 76 54 0 123.1

Rushing

E Mi Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
P. Hutchinson 1 0 0.0 0 0
M. Glass III 10 35 3.5 16 0
KY Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Smoke 11 92 8.4 32 1
A. Rose 17 82 4.8 13 1

Receiving

E Mi Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Jackson III 5 71 14.2 38 0
M. Sexton 7 54 7.7 22 0
KY Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Wagner 3 71 23.7 54 1
L. Bowden Jr. 7 54 7.7 14 1

Fumbles

KY F FL
L. Bowden Jr. 1 0
A. Rose 1 1

Returning

Punting

E Mi Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Julien 4 174 43.5 49
KY Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Duffy 3 130 43.3 56

Takeaways

KY Int Yds InTD
K. Daniel 1 18 0
J. Griffin 1 15 0

Team Stats Comparison

E Mi KY
Points For 17 38
Total Yards 386 461
Rushing Yards 49 239
Passing Yards 337 222
Passing Completions / Attempts 34/53 20/36
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 2/1
First Downs 24 26
Penalties - Yards 5/46 7/84
Time Of Possession 59:59 1:01
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/14 9/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 4/44 3/43

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter E Mi KY
KY 8:04 TD Asim Rose 8 yd run (Chance Poore kick) 0 7
KY 12:51 TD Kavosiey Smoke 32 yd run (Chance Poore kick) 0 14
2nd Quarter E Mi KY
KY 7:17 FG Chance Poore 40 yd FG 0 17
E Mi 13:08 FG Chad Ryland 24 yd FG 3 17
3rd Quarter E Mi KY
KY 9:59 TD Terry Wilson 2 yd run (Chance Poore kick) 3 24
E Mi 12:45 TD Line Latu 26 yd pass from Mike Glass III (Chad Ryland kick) 10 24
4th Quarter E Mi KY
KY 0:40 TD Ahmad Wagner 54 yd pass from Sawyer Smith (Chance Poore kick) 10 31
E Mi 4:19 TD Bryson Cannon 7 yd pass from Mike Glass III (Chad Ryland kick) 17 31
KY 14:06 TD Lynn Bowden Jr. 2 yd pass from Sawyer Smith (Chance Poore kick) 17 38

Game Information

Stadium: Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky
Attendance: 55,240
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