Sunday, September 21, 2003

Kentucky 34, Indiana 17

UK quarterback barrels over IU; Lorenzen accounts for 3 TDs

The Associated Press

Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen looks for a receiver before making a shovel pass in third quarter action against Indiana.
(AP photo)
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Kentucky showed Indiana how hard it is to stop a quarterback who's bigger than the guys trying to bring him down.

Jared Lorenzen, the Wildcats' 260-pound quarterback, passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, dragging a smaller defender across the goal line with him, in a 34-17 victory over the Hoosiers on Saturday.

"Indiana has a very good defense and they tend to hit you extremely hard. I'll be sore tomorrow. Thankfully, I got some good breaks," Lorenzen said.

Lorenzen, who outweighs all but two of Indiana's defensive starters, was sacked only once and repeatedly broke away from tacklers for big completions and key runs. His 1-yard carry midway through the third quarter, with Indiana linebacker Kevin Smith - more than 30 pounds lighter - desperately trying to hang on put the Wildcats up 20-10.

"I checked to it, and Draak (Davis) didn't hear me. He thought I checked to a different player, so I went and ran it," Lorenzen said. "I just tried to make something positive out of it, and thank God it worked."

Kentucky (2-2) then put the game out of reach on its next possession after a 40-yard option pass from Shane Boyd to Chris Bernard, a face-mask penalty on Indiana and two passes by Lorenzen. The Hoosiers (1-3) declined an offensive interference penalty on the reception by Keenan Burton, setting up fourth down at the 1, and Davis took a short pitch from Lorenzen and ran in for the score on the next play.

"I was surprised," Lorenzen said of Indiana coach Gerry DiNardo's decision to decline the penalty. "I think I pretty much made it clear to coach (Rich) Brooks we were going to go for it from there. When it's fourth and 6 inches, it says a lot about him having confidence in our offensive line."

Kentucky led the Hoosiers 13-10 at halftime on Lorenzen's touchdown passes of 29 yards to Derek Abney and 51 yards to Bernard.

Indiana stayed close early largely because of punter Tyson Beattie, who placed the ball at the Kentucky 3 twice, at the 2 once and at the 13.

"We started the game a little slow again. This turf is really like a sponge," Brooks said of Indiana's new AstroPlay field atop 300,000 pounds of ground rubber. "It absorbs those punts that normally would roll into the end zone, and they really pinned us in the hole."


First Quarter

UK-Abney 29 pass from Lorenzen (Begley kick), 0:47.

Second Quarter

IU-FG Robertson 21, 11:12.

IU-Green-Ellis 63 pass from LoVecchio (Robertson kick), 2:51.

UK-Bernard 51 pass from Lorenzen (kick failed), 2:30.

Third Quarter

UK-Lorenzen 1 run (Begley kick), 7:32.

UK-Davis 1 run (Begley kick), 2:08.

Fourth Quarter

IU-Lewis 1 run (Robertson kick), 4:21.

UK-Beach 2 run (Begley kick), 1:02.


First downs1520
Return Yards012
Time of Possession29:0630:54


RUSHING-Kentucky, Beach 10-46, Abney 2-45, Davis 16-43, Bwenge 6-32, Lorenzen 6-4, Boyd 1-(minus 3). Indiana, Lewis 17-116, Taylor 10-36, Green-Ellis 5-16, Roby 2-12, LoVecchio 12-3.

PASSING-Kentucky, Lorenzen 11-20-0-147, Boyd 1-1-0-40. Indiana, LoVecchio 17-32-1-266, Team 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING-Kentucky, Bernard 3-100, Davis 3-24, Abney 2-37, Burton 2-19, Bwenge 1-4, Boyd 1-3. Indiana, Halterman 5-71, Roby 3-32, Johnson 2-33, Taylor 2-8, Green-Ellis 1-63, Haney 1-22, Rudanovic 1-21, Lewis 1-9, Spencer 1-7.

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