NCAAF Game Recap - Arkansas at Kentucky
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

Ala
47
TxAM
28
F
FlaSt
14
Clem
45
F
SCar
20
UGA
17
F(1OT)
Fla
28
LSU
42
F
Okla
34
Tex
27
F
MSU
0
Wisc
38
F
USC
27
ND
30
F
PSU
17
Iowa
12
F
Colo
3
Oreg
45
F
Hawaii
37
Boise
59
F
Utah
52
OreSt
7
F
Mich
42
Ill
25
F
WaSt
34
AzSt
38
F
Lou
62
Wake
59
F
UVA
9
MiaFL
17
F
TxTch
30
Bayl
33
F(1OT)
Mem
28
Temp
30
F
Cin
38
Hou
23
F
App
17
ULLaf
7
F
Syr
10
NCSt
16
F
ULMon
24
TxSt
14
F
ColSt
35
NM
21
F
MiaOH
16
WestMI
38
F
Toled
7
BGSU
20
F
MisSt
10
Tenn
20
F
MD
14
Purd
40
F
Rut
0
Ind
35
F
GATec
23
Duke
41
F
Ball
29
E Mi
23
F
OD
17
Marsh
31
F
NMSt
28
C Mi
42
F
NIU
39
Ohio
36
F
Kent
26
Akr
3
F
BYU
23
SoFL
27
F
UConn
7
Tul
49
F
SJSU
38
Nev
41
F
UNLV
34
Vand
10
F
IASt
38
WVU
14
F
URI
17
VaTec
34
F
MidTN
13
FlAtl
28
F
GASt
31
CoCar
21
F
UAB
33
UTSA
14
F
Fres
24
AF
43
F
Army
8
W Ky
17
F
NorTx
27
SMiss
45
F
Miss
27
Mizzu
38
F
UMass
21
LaTec
69
F
Char
23
FLInt
48
F
Navy
45
Tuls
17
F
Neb
7
Minn
34
F
Ark
20
KY
24
F
Wyo
22
SDSU
26
F
Wash
51
Ariz
27
F

Oct 12, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Arkansas (2-4)

7

6

0

7

20

Kentucky (3-3)

0

7

10

7

24

Lynn Bowden's 3 TDs rally Kentucky past Arkansas 24-20
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:06 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Besides remarkable versatility with the football in his hands, Kentucky junior Lynn Bowden also showed impressive skill remaining tight-lipped about whether he'd show his skills as Kentucky's starting quarterback.

Once that personnel secret was announced, Bowden displayed almost every talent to rally the Wildcats past Arkansas.

Bowden accounted for three touchdowns in his first start at QB, including the go-ahead 24-yard scoring run with 6:53 remaining, to lead Kentucky past the Razorbacks 24-20 on Saturday night and end a three-game losing streak.

That victory came after Kentucky ended a week of speculation about whether Bowden or Sawyer Smith would start behind center. The Wildcats' top receiver took first-team snaps during the bye while the banged-up Smith recovered, but the team didn't officially announce Bowden as the starter until just before kickoff.

"Everyone kept asking," Bowden said.

After settling that issue, the former high school quarterback and runner-up for Ohio Mr. Football went to work overcoming the Razorbacks.

Trailing 13-0, the junior led Kentucky (3-3, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) back from a sluggish offensive start with a 3-yard run late in the first half before eventually seizing the lead with a 10-yard TD pass to Clevan Thomas late in the third.

Bowden then directed a 75-yard drive ending with his second TD run and sealed the close victory with a 51-yard run in the final minutes. He finished with a career-best 196 yards rushing on 24 carries and completed 7 of 11 passes for 78 yards.

Bowden's yardage was second in program history behind Mike Fanuzzi, who rushed for 208 yards against Miami (Ohio) in 1974.

"So proud of Lynn, obviously, for what he's done and the way he prepared for the past couple of weeks," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. "But also the team, they played really good around Lynn offensively. Guys were very unselfish, they did what they had to do blocking, doing tough things on the perimeter. Just doing whatever we have to do to move the football."

The coach also elaborated about keeping Bowden's status under wraps.

"We felt like we were going to have to start him for a week or two," he said. "But Sawyer was getting better, he did practice this week. It was getting close, but we invested a lot of time in that game plan with Lynn."

It paid off as Kentucky twice overcame deficits before holding on to win before 57,060.

"I've got good playmakers around me outside of myself," Bowden said. "You just give those guys a chance and they're going to make the most of it."

A.J. Rose added 90 yards rushing on 16 carries as the Wildcats outrushed the Razorbacks (2-4, 0-3) 330-183 and outgained them 418-305 overall. Kavosiey Smoke carried 11 times for 45 yards.

Rakeem Boyd rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns, including a 74-yard TD run on the game's second play, as Arkansas took a 13-0 lead. His 2-yard TD put the Razorbacks ahead 20-17 but they ended up losing their 14th consecutive SEC game and third close contest in a row overall.

"I didn't feel like we executed in the key moments we needed the most to get a stop, get the ball," Arkansas coach Chad Morris said. "Where we are as a program right now, we get the ball in the red zone, we've got to score touchdowns and we were unable to do that. Especially early on when he had the momentum."

THIRD-DOWN DRAMA

Kentucky ended up converting 7 of 14 chances on the money down but only after missing several short-yardage opportunities that added urgency to its comeback. Arkansas was 6 of 13 on third down.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arkansas: The Razorbacks got the start they needed with Boyd's TD run on the game's second play and Connor Limpert's field goals of 28 and 44 yards. The offense stalled from there, Ben Hicks replaced Nick Starkel and ended up leading a go-ahead TD drive, but the defense struggled to contain the quick and versatile Bowden.

Kentucky: After coyly avoiding answering whether Bowden would start ahead of Smith, coach Mark Stoops went with the versatile receiver. The Wildcats' execution struggled at times, but Bowden provided the needed spark.

The defense also had three sacks and made several big plays late to preserve the homecoming win.

UP NEXT

Arkansas hosts No. 12 Auburn on Saturday.

Kentucky visits No. 3 Georgia on Saturday, seeking to end a nine-game losing streak against the Bulldogs.

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Passing

Ark Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Hicks 8 5 62.5 0 81 22 0 96.4
N. Starkel 19 7 36.8 0 41 15 0 45.3
KY Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
L. Bowden Jr. 11 7 63.6 1 78 31 0 115.0
A. Rose 1 1 100.0 0 10 10 0 108.3

Rushing

Ark Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Boyd 15 134 8.9 74 2
D. Whaley 9 42 4.7 21 0
KY Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Bowden Jr. 24 196 8.2 51 2
A. Rose 16 90 5.6 27 0

Receiving

Ark Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. OGrady 4 44 11.0 22 0
T. Burks 2 25 12.5 15 0
KY Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Rigg 2 43 21.5 31 0
A. Dailey Jr. 1 14 14.0 14 0

Fumbles

Ark F FL
N. Starkel 1 0
KY F FL
L. Bowden Jr. 1 1
J. Ali 1 0

Returning

Ark KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Warren 2 19.0 0 23 0 - 0 0
T. Burks 0 - 0 0 1 26.0 0 26
KY KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
Z. Johnson 2 24.0 0 26 0 - 0 0
J. Ali 0 - 0 0 2 9.0 0 18

Punting

Ark Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. Loy 4 177 44.3 50
KY Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Duffy 3 133 44.3 54

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

Ark KY
Points For 20 24
Total Yards 305 418
Rushing Yards 183 330
Passing Yards 122 88
Passing Completions / Attempts 12/27 8/12
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 2/1
First Downs 16 21
Penalties - Yards 5/39 7/44
Time Of Possession 49:49 11:11
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/13 7/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 4/44 3/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Ark KY
Ark 0:42 TD Rakeem Boyd 74 yd run (Connor Limpert kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter Ark KY
Ark 0:03 FG Connor Limpert 28 yd FG 10 0
Ark 9:12 FG Connor Limpert 44 yd FG 13 0
KY 14:05 TD Lynn Bowden Jr. 3 yd run (Matt Ruffolo kick) 13 7
3rd Quarter Ark KY
KY 5:58 FG Matt Ruffolo 50 yd FG 13 10
KY 13:10 TD Clevan Thomas Jr. 10 yd pass from Lynn Bowden Jr. (Matt Ruffolo kick) 13 17
4th Quarter Ark KY
Ark 4:25 TD Rakeem Boyd 2 yd run (Connor Limpert kick) 20 17
KY 8:07 TD Lynn Bowden Jr. 24 yd run (Matt Ruffolo kick) 20 24

Game Information

Stadium: Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky
Attendance: 57,060
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