Sophomore quarterback Max Smith threw for 354 yards and 4 touchdowns and the Kentucky offense gained 537 yards as the Wildcats rolled to a 47-14 win over the Kent State Golden Flashes at Commonwealth Stadium. It did not start out that easy however. Kent State struck first when Dri Archer scored on a 47 yard run for the Golden Flash. Kentucky rebounded with 17 straight points, including a 67 yard TD run by Raymond Sanders to take a 17-7 halftime lead.
Trayion Durham scored on a 26 yard run to pulls Kent State to within 17-14 early in the third quarter, but it was all Kentucky from there on out. Max Smith hit Gene McKaskill for an 18 yard TD and Dri Archer was tackled for a safety to give Kentucky a 26-14 lead. Kentucky’s Jonathan George scored on a 38 yard run and the rout was on.
It was an evening of big nights for Kentucky, who evened their record at 1-1. Senior Aaron Boyd had 11 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown and senior Raymond Sanders rushed for 115 yards and had a touchdown. Both were career highs.
It was the second straight impressive game for the sophomore Smith, who went 30-39 for the night. Kentucky hosts Western Kentucky next Saturday night while Kent State (1-1) is off next week before travelling to Buffalo for a Wednesday night game on September 19.