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Kentucky throttles Tennessee-Martin in season opener, 59-14

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Braylon Heard's first-half touchdown runs of 73 and 43 yards spurred Kentucky to a season-opening, 59-14 rout of Tennessee-Martin at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.

Quarterback Patrick Towles added a touchdown passing and running in his first career start for Kentucky, which outgained the Skyhawks, 656-398. The Wildcats' sophomore threw for 370 yards, but UK's tailbacks set the tone by flying through huge holes and scoring virtually untouched.

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Especially Heard, the junior transfer whose yardage came on those two carries. The scores propelled Kentucky to a 35-0 halftime lead, and the Wildcats never looked back.

Mikel Horton also scored twice, and Jojo Kemp added a scoring run for the home team. Khalil Henderson returned a third-quarter fumble 89 yards for a score.

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The game's final four minutes were hushed after a Kentucky cheerleader was injured in a fall. She gave a thumbs-up while being carted off the field, but no further details were immediately available.

Kentucky welcomes Ohio University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Copyright 2014 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved. The Associated Press also contributed to this report.

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