Kentucky 17, Indiana 10
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) _ One run up the field more than made up for all those times Billy Jack Haskins was thrown backward.
The sophomore quarterback, sacked seven times in his first collegiate start, ran 42 yards for the go-ahead touchdown Saturday as Kentucky snapped the nation’s longest major college losing streak at 12 games with a 17-10 victory over Indiana.
The Wildcats (1-2) took advantage of Indiana penalties that set up both of their touchdowns and a fourth-quarter Indiana fumble that set up a clinching 49-yard field goal by Brian Sivinski.
The victory was Kentucky’s first since a 20-14 win over Louisville in the first game a year ago.
The Hoosiers (1-1) got 114 yards and a first-quarter touchdown from Alex Smith, who missed the season opener with a hamstring injury, but a 1-yard TD run by Moe Williams cut Indiana’s lead to 10-7 at halftime. Then a late hit out of bounds by Aaron Warnecke set up Haskins’ 42-yard run for a 14-10 lead early in the final period.
Williams finished with 120 yards on 36 carries.
After Sivinski’s field goal with 7:32 to go, Indiana’s final possessions ended with another fumble on the kickoff return and then on downs with a half-minute remaining after Chris Dittoe was sacked three straight plays.
Haskins, who was 8-of-12 for 87 yards, was sacked four times in the first half but set up the Wildcats’ first touchdown with some help from two Indiana penalties.
Trailing 10-0 and forced to punt early in the second quarter, Kentucky was given new life when the Hoosiers were called for roughing the kicker. Three plays later, Haskins ran 13 yards for another first down, then a personal foul took the Wildcats to the Indiana 24. On third down, Haskins passed 18 yards to Antonio O’Ferral at the 6, and Williams scored from the 1 two plays later.
Smith, the Big Ten freshman of the year in 1994 with 1,475 yards, picked up 10 yards on his first carry, although that opening drive stalled at the Kentucky 24 before Bill Manolopoulos kicked a 42-yard field goal.
After a 14-yard Kentucky punt, Smith picked up 20 to the Wildcats’ 29. Two more short runs by Smith and a 7-yard gain by Dittoe took the Hoosiers to the 19, and Smith ran in on the next play for the touchdown and the 10-0 lead.
In the third quarter, a fumble recovery by Indiana was negated by an illegal procedure penalty, then late in the period Kentucky started its go-ahead drive from its own 22. Four runs by Williams helped the Wildcats to the 43, then a personal foul on Warnecke after an incomplete pass put Kentucky at the Indiana 42. Haskins scored on the next play, and the Hoosiers never recovered.