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LACETT | Cats beat New Mexico State in unexpected shootout

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – The Kentucky Wildcats figured they would be able to get back on track with a win over New Mexico State.

What they didn’t expect was a shootout against a team picked to finish 9th in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Cats ultimately managed to pull out a 62-42 win Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium despite not having starting quarterback Drew Barker who left the game in the first quarter with a back injury.

Backup quarterback Stephen Johnson stepped in nicely for Barker. After a slow start, Johnson calmed down and finished the game 17-22 for 310 yards and three touchdowns.

Afterward UK head coach Mark Stoops was unable to provide an update on the condition of Barker.

The Cats (1-2) also got a huge offensive boost from a pair of running backs. Benjamin Snell tied a school record with 4 touchdowns and rushed for 136 yards. Boom Williams ran for 181 yards and added one score.

It was a rough night for the UK defense who gave 500 yards of total offense from the Aggies. The two teams actually would combine for 1192 total yards.

UK is back in action next Saturday at home against South Carolina.

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