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Kentucky 42, Louisiana State 21

(AP Photo/Michael Clubb)

By GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Will Levis threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more scores and No. 16 Kentucky dominated LSU throughout in a 42-21 blowout.

The Wildcats have their first 6-0 start since 1950, improved to 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference and earned a second consecutive win over a conference heavyweight. Their biggest challenge looms at No. 2 Georgia next week in an East Division showdown, and they'll enter with their best performance since the season opener.

Levis had a huge hand in that, with the quarterback bouncing back from a lackluster stretch to account for three second-half scores alone as Kentucky pulled away to a 35-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Penn State transfer sandwiched TD passes of 25, 11 and 3 yards between rushing scores of 5 and 1 yards as the Wildcats outgained the Tigers 475-408, though much of LSU's yardage came after the game was out of reach.

Levis finished 14 of 17 passing for 145 yards. Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

LSU (3-3, 1-2) sought to rebound from last week's 24-19 loss to No. 18 Auburn. Instead, the Tigers played catch-up and by the time Tyrion Davis-Price rushed for the first of two TDs midway through the third quarter, the Tigers trailed 21-0.

Kentucky answered with two more scores to pad its lead.

Davis-Price rushed for 147 yards on 22 carries, while quarterback Max Johnson completed 22 of 38 passes for 261 yards and a 41-yard TD to Malik Nabers. LSU star receiver Kayshon Boutte, who entered with nine TD receptions, left the field on a cart after injuring his leg in the fourth quarter.

Kentucky athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter LSUKty
Kty TD 6:17 Chris Rodriguez Jr. 3 yard TD pass from Will Levis (Matt Ruffolo Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter LSUKty
Kty TD 14:54 Wan'Dale Robinson 11 yard TD pass from Will Levis (Matt Ruffolo Extra Point) 0 14
Third Quarter LSUKty
Kty TD 10:57 Will Levis 1 yard TD run (Matt Ruffolo Extra Point) 0 21
LSU TD 6:43 Tyrion Davis-Price 1 yard TD run (Cade York Extra Point) 7 21
Kty TD 1:06 Will Levis 5 yard TD run (Matt Ruffolo Extra Point) 7 28
Fourth Quarter LSUKty
Kty TD 12:07 JuTahn McClain 25 yard TD pass from Will Levis (Matt Ruffolo Extra Point) 7 35
LSU TD 11:03 Malik Nabers 41 yard TD pass from Max Johnson (Cade York Extra Point) 14 35
LSU TD 5:29 Tyrion Davis-Price 2 yard TD run (Cade York Extra Point) 21 35
Kty TD 4:23 Chris Rodriguez Jr. 18 yard TD run (Matt Ruffolo Extra Point) 21 42
Team Stats
  LSU Kentucky
First downs 22 22
  Rushing 10 15
  Passing 11 6
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 7-15, 47% 2-7, 29%
4th down efficiency 2-5, 40% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 35-147 45-330
Passing Yards 261 145
Return Yards 0 3
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-38-0 14-17-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-28 1-6
Punts 3 3
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-18 3-25
LSU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Johnson 22 38 261 1 0
Kentucky Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Levis 14 17 145 3 0
LSU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Davis-Price 22 147 6.7 2
A. Goodwin 4 18 4.5 0
C. Kiner 4 5 1.3 0
M. Johnson 5 -23 -4.6 0
Kentucky Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Rodriguez Jr. 16 147 9.2 1
K. Smoke 12 104 8.7 0
W. Levis 11 75 6.8 2
J. McClain 1 5 5.0 0
M. Drennen II 3 0 0.0 0
LSU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Boutte 8 73 9.1 0
M. Nabers 3 66 22.0 1
B. Thomas Jr. 3 45 15.0 0
J. Jenkins 3 39 13.0 0
J. Bech 3 20 6.7 0
D. Lee 1 9 9.0 0
D. Smith 1 9 9.0 0
Kentucky Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
W. Robinson 8 60 7.5 1
J. Rigg 1 34 34.0 0
I. Epps 2 28 14.0 0
J. McClain 1 25 25.0 1
C. Rodriguez Jr. 1 3 3.0 1
M. Drennen II 1 -5 -5.0 0
LSU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Kentucky Interceptions
Player Int Yards
LSU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Atkins 3 158 52.7
Kentucky Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Goodfellow 3 137 45.7
LSU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kentucky Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Robinson 1 3 3.0
LSU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kentucky Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Rigg 1 0 0
LSU Missed FG
Player Length
Kentucky Missed FG
Player Length




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