LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Benjamin Snell Jr. ran for four touchdowns and Stephen Johnson added three TD passes to lead Kentucky to a 62-42 win over New Mexico State on Saturday.
The victory didn't come easily -- it was 35-all at halftime -- for Kentucky (1-2), which lost its first two games to open the season for the first time in 20 years. Kentucky outscored New Mexico State 27-7 in the second half to avoid its third straight loss.
Kentucky starting quarterback Drew Barker injured his right leg after throwing an interception on the first series and didn't return. After a shaky start, Johnson settled down in Barker's absence to steer the Wildcats in front of 49,669 fans, the smallest in coach Mark Stoops' four-year tenure.
Johnson was 17-of-22 passing for 310 yards, and added 51 yards rushing. Snell, a third-string freshman, finished with 136 yards and tied a school record for most rushing touchdowns. Stanley Boom Williams added 181 yards rushing on 18 carries and a touchdown.
New Mexico State's (1-2) Tyler Rogers was 16 of 33 for 246 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions.