AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Randall Cobb thought he was going to score
when he broke through Auburn's defensive line and started zig
zagging across the field on a 61-yard run in the closing minutes of
Saturday night's game against Auburn.
Instead, Cobb was tackled short of the goal line.
A couple plays later, he finished the job with a 4-yard
touchdown run with 3:17 left that gave the Wildcats a 21-14 come
from behind win over the Tigers.
"It was designed to go outside and I saw a crease on that play.
I just hit it as hard as I could and it was open from there," Cobb
said of his long run.
Once he realized he was "gassed" Cobb said "I was just trying
to get as much as I could."
It was Kentucky's first win over Auburn since 1966 and the
Wildcats' first win at Auburn since 1961.
Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said it was a big win for the
Wildcats after three straight losses to ranked opponents.
"From where we were headed, I think this breathes a little
light back into our fan base, life into our locker room and I think
it's a big win for us. It's only a huge win if we follow up with
another win," Brooks said.
Cobb rushed 12 times for 109 yards mostly on direct snaps from
the Wildcats' wildcat and Derrick Locke ran 19 times for 137 yards.
It was the first time either Cobb or Locke had rushed for more
than 100 yards.
"It felt good," Locke said. "The first thing I did was go to
my linemen and give them the credit. I have the ability to do
things, but without them, I can't do anything."
Kentucky (3-3, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) had tied the score
with 6:29 to play on a 2-yard run by quarterback Will Fidler.
Fidler came off the bench in the second half to lead the comeback.
He replaced freshman Morgan Newton, who had started the game in the
place of injured Mike Hartline.
Fidler and Newton both scored the first touchdowns of their
careers in the game.
"It was fun to be out there when I knew I was going to play. I
had a great time and did some good things, but there were
definitely things I need to work on," Newton said.
Auburn (5-2, 2-2) held a 14-7 halftime lead, but was held
scoreless by the Kentucky defense in the second half. Ben Tate
rushed 31 times for 132 yards, his fifth 100-yard game of the
Tate said the more than 100-yard performance was not important
to him because the Tigers lost the game.
"It is great to run 100 yards and celebrate when you are
winning. To run for 100 yards in a loss, it doesn't really
matter," Tate said. "I don't care if I only have to run for 20
yards if we win."
Auburn had one last chance to tie the game as the Tigers drove
from their own 20 into Kentucky territory. The drive started with a
10-yard keeper by quarterback Chris Todd and an 18-yard run by
Tate. But the drive was thwarted by two false start penalties and
ended with 1:36 to play on fourth-and-11 from the Auburn 48 when
Chris Todd's pass to Terrell Zachery fell incomplete.
Both teams were ineffective passing the ball on a cold night.
Kentucky gained only 75 yards in the air, while Auburn had 95
Auburn coach Gene Chizik said the Kentucky defense stopped much
of what the Tigers wanted to accomplish on offense.
"They played a lot of base defense and didn't give up any big
plays to us. We had our chances to hit some open receivers on some
different routes and it just didn't seem like we were clicking in
the passing game like we needed to be for whatever reason," Chizik
Defenses mostly dominated in the first half. Auburn's Jake Ricks
blocked Lones Seiber's 38-yard field goal attempt in the first
quarter and Neiko Thorpe scooped it up and raced 69 yards for a
It was the first score on a blocked field goal attempt for the
Tigers since 1981, when Chris Martin returned a blocked kick 77
yards for a score against Georgia Tech.
Making his first start at quarterback, Newton was shaky at
But he started to warm up in the second quarter and scored on a
4-yard run with 9:02 to play in the half. Kentucky's score came
after a six-play, 53-yard drive that included a 23-yard sideline
pass to Chris Matthews.
The game remained tied until Auburn took advantage of a poor
Kentucky punt and got the ball at the Kentucky 48 at 5:26 in the
half. The Tigers then took control of the ball, driving
methodically to Tate's 1-yard touchdown run with 6 seconds to play
in the half.
Kentucky 0 7 0 14-21
Auburn 7 7 0 0-14
Aub-Thorpe 69 blocked field goal return (Byrum kick), 7:25.
Ky-Newton 4 run (Seiber kick), 9:02.
Aub-Tate 1 run (Byrum kick), :06.
Ky-Fidler 2 run (Seiber kick), 6:29.
Ky-R.Cobb 4 run (Seiber kick), 3:17.
First downs 21 16
Rushes-yards 49-282 49-220
Passing 75 95
Comp-Att-Int 9-22-0 11-25-1
Return Yards 2 0
Punts-Avg. 6-41.0 7-35.7
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 0-0 10-76
Time of Possession 32:35 27:25
RUSHING-Kentucky, Locke 19-126, R.Cobb 12-109, A.Smith 2-20,
Newton 8-15, Fidler 2-10, Conner 3-8, Team 3-(minus 6). Auburn,
Tate 31-132, Burns 6-37, McCalebb 7-22, Zachery 1-15, Todd 2-15,
Fannin 2-(minus 1).
PASSING-Kentucky, Newton 5-13-0-39, Fidler 4-9-0-36. Auburn,
Todd 10-24-1-80, Burns 1-1-0-15.
RECEIVING-Kentucky, Matthews 2-30, Locke 2-(minus 2), R.Cobb 1-12,
Lanxter 1-10, McCaskill 1-10, Melillo 1-8, Drake 1-7. Auburn,
Zachery 4-24, D.Adams 3-57, Fannin 2-9, E.Smith 1-3, McCalebb 1-2.
Final Score: Kentucky 21, Auburn 14
October 17, 2009 * Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
Team Records and Series Notes
* Kentucky improves to 3-3 on the season, 1-3 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn is 5-2 overall, 2-2 in the league.
* Auburn leads the series, 24-6-1.
* This is UK’s first win over Auburn in 43 years. UK’s last victory was in Lexington (17-7) in 1966.
* This is only the second time in school history that Kentucky has won at Auburn. The other time it happened was 1961.
* Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats play host to Louisiana-Monroe on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by selected regional channels on the Fox Sports Network.
UK Team Notes
* Kentucky limited Auburn to 14 points and 315 total offensive yards. The Tigers entered the game averaging 38.3 points and 489.8 yards total offense per game.
* UK totaled a season-high 282 rushing yards. It marked the most rushing yards since 297 yards vs. Norfolk State in 2008 and the most against an SEC opponent since 301 yard vs. Mississippi State in 1995.
* Kentucky had two 100-yard rushers in the game (Derrick Locke with 126 and Randall Cobb with 109) for the first time since Shane Boyd (130) and Tony Dixon (105) rushed for over 100 yards vs. Indiana on Sept. 18, 2004.
* It marks the first time since 2006 that Auburn has allowed two 100-yard rushers in a game. The last time was against Arkansas when Darren McFadden and Felix Jones rushed 145 and 104 yards, respectively.
* Kentucky is 14-8 in the last 22 games decided by 10 or fewer points.
* Kentucky has won 23 games since mid-season 2006, with 11 of those wins coming as fourth-quarter comebacks.
UK Individual Notes
* Randall Cobb finished with 12 carries for a career-high 109 yards. It marks the first 100-yard rushing game of his career.
* Cobb rushed four yards for UK’s go-ahead score with 3:17 remaining in the game. He set up the touchdown with a career-long 61-yard run on the previous play.
* Derrick Locke rushed 19 times for a career-high 126 yards. It marks the first 100-yard game of his career.
* Locke and Cobb are the first Wildcats to rush for 100 yards in a game since Rafael Little ran for 152 vs. Florida State in the 2007 Music City Bowl.
* Locke moved past three former players for 22nd place on the UK career rushing list. Locke now has 1,283 rushing yards as a Wildcat. He needs 14 more yards to move ahead of Don Phelps (1946-49) at No. 21.
* Making his first collegiate start, freshman quarterback Morgan Newton completed 5-of-13 passes for 39 yards.
* Newton also rushed for his first collegiate touchdown in the second quarter, a four-yard run. He finished with eight carries for 15 yards.
* Quarterback Will Fidler finished completed 4-of-9 passes for 36 yards. He also ran two yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It is his first collegiate touchdown.
* Strong safety Calvin Harrison’s interception in the first quarter is his second pickoff of the season.
* Linebacker Danny Trevathan had a career-high 14 tackles. His previous high was 10 vs. Alabama earlier this season.
* Linebacker Sam Maxwell charted a career-high 10 tackles. His previous high was seven on two occasions.
* First career starts for redshirt freshman DE Taylor Wyndham and freshman QB Morgan Newton.