GAMEDAY College Football

Kentucky 56, New Mexico State 16

Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky - Will Levis' final home game this season was much like his September debut: lots of yardage and explosive plays that more than offset his miscues.

Levis overcame an early fumble and an interception to throw for four touchdowns and a career-high 419 yards as Kentucky cruised past New Mexico State 56-16 in Saturday's home finale.

"That's the first time in my college career (throwing for more than 400 yards), which is cool," Levis said. "But we still have a lot of things to clean up, and it could have and should have been more."

The Wildcats (8-3) earned their 14th consecutive nonconference victory behind Levis, who completed 21 of 31 passes to become the first Kentucky quarterback to surpass 400 yards since Andre Woodson against Tennessee in 2007. Things didn't start so well for the junior QB, who couldn't corral a high snap on the first series and fumbled, which Trevor Brohard ultimately returned 25 yards to give the Aggies a 7-0 lead.

Kentucky outscored NMSU 56-9 from there, including Quandre Mosley's 38-yard interception return to make it 14-7. Levis threw touchdown passes of 32 and 2 yards to Justin Riggs and 9 and 62 yards to Josh Ali.

Wan'Dale Robinson had eight receptions for a career-high 181 yards and became Kentucky's first 1,000-yard receiver under coach Mark Stoops. Chris Rodriguez Jr. overcame a fumble - one of three by the Wildcats - inside the Aggies' 5 to rush for 119 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown as the Wildcats rolled up a season-high 707 yards.

The Aggies (1-10) did move the ball effectively at times, but settled for three Ethan Albertson field goals before halftime. New Mexico State managed just 282 yards with just 101 on the ground.

"Today was the same effort that we've seen all season," Aggies coach Doug Martin said "Our players are fighting as hard as they can and giving great effort. They're a great group of kids and have great spirit about them. We're just not quite talented enough yet coming off last season."

Though Kentucky controlled the game offensively and led 35-16 at the half, Stoops challenged his team to put the game away.

"I wanted to see some younger players in the game," he said. "I wanted to see some guys that have been around here a long time and that may be playing their last game in this stadium and they deserved to get reps."

Kentucky shut out the Aggies in the second half with reserves getting in the game including quarterback Beau Allen, who scored on a 3-yard run.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NMStKty
NMSt TD 12:18 Trevor Brohard 25 yd fumble return (Ethan Albertson kick) 7 0
Kty TD 9:27 Justin Rigg 32 yd pass from Will Levis (Matt Ruffolo kick) 7 7
Kty TD 5:54 Quandre Mosely 38 yd interception return (Matt Ruffolo kick) 7 14
Kty TD 0:02 Chris Rodriguez Jr. 6 yd run (Matt Ruffolo kick) 7 21
Second Quarter NMStKty
NMSt FG 12:06 Ethan Albertson 50 yd FG 10 21
Kty TD 9:19 Josh Ali 9 yd pass from Will Levis (Matt Ruffolo kick) 10 28
NMSt FG 5:16 Ethan Albertson 30 yd FG 13 28
Kty TD 0:46 Justin Rigg 2 yd pass from Will Levis (Matt Ruffolo kick) 13 35
NMSt FG 0:00 Ethan Albertson 32 yd FG 16 35
Third Quarter NMStKty
Kty TD 8:09 Josh Ali 62 yd pass from Will Levis (Matt Ruffolo kick) 16 42
Kty TD 0:18 Kavosiey Smoke 23 yd run (Matt Ruffolo kick) 16 49
Fourth Quarter NMStKty
Kty TD 11:40 Beau Allen 3 yd run (Matt Ruffolo kick) 16 56
Team Stats
  New Mexico State Kentucky
First downs 13 29
  Rushing 5 11
  Passing 7 16
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-16, 25% 6-9, 67%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 26-101 36-248
Passing Yards 181 459
Return Yards 62 112
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-35-1 24-35-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--10 1--7
Punts 10 2
Punts-Average 40.8 33.5
Fumbles Lost 2-1 3-3
Penalties - Yards 4-40 7-69
Time of Possession 26:07 33:53
New Mexico State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Johnson 16 35 181 0 1
Kentucky Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Levis 21 31 419 4 1
B. Allen 3 4 40 0 0
New Mexico State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Price 11 51 4.6 0
J. Johnson 9 29 3.2 0
A. Escobar 5 15 3.0 0
I. Garcia-Castaneda 1 6 6.0 0
Kentucky Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Rodriguez Jr. 16 119 7.4 1
L. Wright 6 75 12.5 0
K. Smoke 3 35 11.7 1
W. Levis 4 11 2.8 0
T. Markray 2 10 5.0 0
J. McClain 2 2 1.0 0
B. Allen 2 -4 -2.0 1
New Mexico State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Powers 1 41 41.0 0
I. Garcia-Castaneda 2 33 16.5 0
P. Johnson III 2 28 14.0 0
A. Bodison 2 25 12.5 0
A. Escobar 3 24 8.0 0
J. Wyatt 1 17 17.0 0
J. Price 4 7 1.8 0
T. Warner 1 6 6.0 0
Kentucky Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
W. Robinson 8 181 22.6 0
J. Ali 7 164 23.4 2
D. Harris 3 37 12.3 0
J. Rigg 2 34 17.0 2
J. Dingle 1 23 23.0 0
I. Epps 1 12 12.0 0
J. McClain 1 7 7.0 0
B. Bates 1 1 1.0 0
New Mexico State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Dervil 1 0
Kentucky Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Q. Mosely 1 38
New Mexico State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Carlson 10 408 40.8
Kentucky Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Goodfellow 2 67 33.5
New Mexico State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kentucky Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Ali 4 20 5.0
R. Lewis 1 12 12.0
New Mexico State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Price 3 62 20.7
Kentucky Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Z. Johnson 2 42 21.0
New Mexico State Missed FG
Player Length
Kentucky Missed FG
Player Length




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