Kentucky cashes in 8 fumbles
Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Andre Woodson threw four touchdown passes, moving into a tie for first in the Southeastern Conference, and Kentucky benefited from eight fumbles in a 45-36 victory over Central Michigan Saturday night.
Woodson, who threw only six touchdowns as Kentucky's starter last year, now has 14 this season. Florida's Chris Leak had two scoring passes against Alabama, giving him 14 to tie Woodson for the conference lead.
In a battle of high-octane, albeit sometimes error-prone offenses, Central Michigan mounted a second-half comeback and pulled within two when Dan LeFevour found Bryan Anderson for a 23-yard touchdown with seven minutes left.
But a false start penalty on the two-point conversion try pushed the Chippewas back, and Kentucky's Trevard Lindley batted down another LeFevour pass to Anderson in the end zone.
A short kickoff and personal foul penalty immediately moved Kentucky (3-2) into prime scoring position on the ensuing drive, and Rafael Little ran for a 4-yard touchdown - his second score of the game - to put it out of reach.
All night, it was feast or famine for the passing offense of the Chippewas (2-3), playing their first game against an SEC foe since losing to defending national champion Florida in 1997.
Central Michigan had eight fumbles and lost three, along with an interception. Kentucky also had turnover problems in the first half with a lost fumble and interception.
For the first time this season, Kentucky scored on its opening possession. A balanced attack of runs and passes quickly moved the team into position before Keenan Burton found the end zone on a three-yard pass from Woodson.
Cassen Jackson-Garrison and Jared Hawkins each ran for two touchdowns to help host Vanderbilt rout Temple.
The Commodores (2-3) rushed for 279 yards, led by Jackson-Garrison's 142, and Chris Nickson completed nine of 20 passes for 162 yards and two TD passes to Steven Bright.
The Vanderbilt defense forced three turnovers and held the Owls (0-5) to 270 yards.
Vanderbilt was on the verge of a 24-0 halftime lead after Brett Upson's punt pinned the Owls at their own 22 with 23 seconds left.
But Temple's Adam DiMichele handed off to Tim Brown, who spun through a host of Commodores defenders and dashed untouched down the right sideline for a 78-yard scoring run as time expired. It was the third-longest rushing play in Temple history.
Jackson-Garrison had first-half scoring runs of 43 and 16 yards, and Chris Nickson threw a 30-yard touchdown to Bright. Vanderbilt's Bryant Hahnfelt also added a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter.
Temple tried to capitalize on the momentum of their second quarter touchdown with an onside kick by Danny Murphy to open the second half.
But Vanderbilt's Broderick Stewart recovered the ball at the Commodore 48, starting a 5-play scoring drive capped by Jared Hawkins' 13-yard touchdown run.
The Owls responded with a 15-play, 80-yard drive to cut the Vanderbilt lead when DiMichele hit Marcus Brown with a 10-yard touchdown pass. It was DiMichele's first career touchdown pass, and Brown's first career touchdown reception.
But Vanderbilt answered with two quick scores in the game's next 3:05.
Nickson hit Bright for a 38-yard touchdown pass, and after Temple fumbled on its own 16, Hawkins added an 8-yard scoring run two plays later. Hahnfelt missed both extra points.
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