Lexington, KY (WDRB) – University of Kentucky sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles figures the last time he carried the ball 22 times was when he was a senior quarterback at Highlands. He did it Saturday, netting 59 rushing yards, just one yard less than leading rusher Stanley “Boom” Williams.
“If that's what's going to have to happen for us to win the football game, that's what's going to have to happen,” said Towles.
“Yeah, we might have to back off that a little bit,” head coach Mark Stoops joked after the game. But, he adds, “We'll do whatever we have to do to win games. If that what it calls for, then Patrick will be happy to do it.”
Towles able to help his team through the air as well in UK's 20-3 win over Ohio at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.
Towles was 17-for-31 for 170 yards and a touchdown.
Kentucky notched its second win of the season---matching the total for all of 2013. Still, there was nitpicking from the coaching staff.
“I think we're nitpicky after every game,” said UK defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot. “We really harp on being the best they can be. Doesn't matter if you win, doesn't matter if you lose.”
The Wildcats will open the SEC portion of the schedule on the road at Gainesville, where UK last beat the Florida Gators in 1979. The Gators chomped Eastern Michigan at the Swamp Saturday to the tune of 65-0.
Kentucky's win over Ohio coupled with tangible proof of improvement on both sides of the ball, UK heads into Gainesville with an improved outlook.
“We're confident. We know what we can do. We're going to go down there and give them hell,” said Towles.