Kentucky Defeats East Carolina In The Liberty Bowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Ventrell Jenkins scooped up a fumble and
barreled his 285-pound frame 56 yards for the go-ahead touchdown,
helping Kentucky win a program-best third straight bowl game with a
25-19 victory over East Carolina on Friday in the Liberty Bowl.

Kentucky (7-6) never led until Myron Pryor forced a fumble with
under 5 minutes left while East Carolina (9-5) was driving. In the
mad scramble for the loose ball, Jenkins came up with it and
rumbled down the right sideline untouched.

Now, coach Rich Brooks has accomplished something even the
legendary Bear Bryant couldn't at Kentucky: end three straight
postseasons with a win. The Wildcats won the last two Music City
Bowls behind former quarterback Andre Woodson.

East Carolina failed in its attempt to win a third game this
season against a BCS conference team. It had already defeated West
Virginia and Virginia Tech.

50th Annual Liberty Bowl:

East Carolina 19
Kentucky 25

1st Quarter Summary:
ECU - Ben Hartman 22 yard field goal

2nd Quarter Summary:
ECU - Brandon Simmons 28 yard touchdown run
KEN - Lones Seiber 21 yard field goal
ECU - Darryl Freeney 80 yard touchdown reception

3rd Quarter Summary:
KEN - David Jones 99 Yard kick return
KEN - Kyrus Lanxter 19 yard touchdown reception
ECU - Ben Hartman 43 field goal

4th Quarter Summary:
KEN - Lones Seiber 34 yard field goal
KEN - Ventrell Jenkins 56 yard fumble return

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  • by joepirate Location: greenville on Jan 12, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    "I also disagree with your Johnson VS Smelly assessment taking an unproven HS recruit VS an established SEC QB"....deadfish, the only thing he has proven is that he can throw more interceptions than td passes (see 2008 season). and for his career he has 23 td's and 22 int's. if that is your definition of a good qb, then you have pretty low standards. again i ask you, what makes you think he is a very good qb? as for spurrier, he is living off of his past glory. what has he done since florida? lets see...bad nfl coach and south carolina hasnt done anything special in the sec. and the reason they are winning any games is because of defense. when you rank 96th in the nation in points per game and 97th in yards, you're not exactly an offensive guru.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jan 11, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    joepirate:READ:IT IS VERY CLEAR:I unequivocally stated:"I hope he turns out to be better than the Crying Juvenile", IT FINITO. Excuse me Sir I forgot to put a coma after juvenile. Of course I was referring to Giavanni Ruffin. Barry, Sir: Ironically believe it or NOT Scout rates higher than Rivals. Rivals lists Vasalia, CA his home town. He also went to school(Sequoias JC) in CA. I don't agree with The Pirate Lady, you and your maternal and paternal instincts respectively, both your choices... I can't and will NOT give him a pass for his loud hot dog arrogant and unsportsmanlike conduct. I also disagree with your Johnson VS Smelly assessment taking an unproven HS recruit VS an established SEC QB. For you to wonder or question Spurrier's coaching is definitely out of line, unsportsmanlike? Mr. Spurrier is one of the most respected offensive CFB minds NOT to mention that he is also regarded one of the best QB gurus. For the sake of a statement Mr. Spurrier won the Heisman trophy in 1966.
  • by Barry Location: Greenville on Jan 11, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    I saw that Ruffin committed deadfish, thanks. Rivals has him as a three star, although you know I find all this "star treatment" somewhat dubious. This one was not a huge surprise as his roots are just up the road in Va. Beach. Chris Johnson is a young man, rookie, that has just had money and fame hit him quickly. I have met Chris off the field a couple times and know a couple of his Greenville crowd. He has a good heart. With respect, allow Chris to mature some before drawing conclusions. We witnessed how much he meant to the Titans yesterday in the 2nd half! I think I'll pass on Smelley too along with joe ; ECU has a Ga. recruit named Rio Johnson that is talented and flown under the radar. His upside is far better IMHO than a 22.5 year old, junior year Smelley. Smelley has apparently decided baseball is his future, although it makes you wonder what is going on down in SC with Spurrier. Happy Sunday all.
  • by joepirate Location: greenville on Jan 11, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    smelley is going to alabama to play baseball...and what have you seen from him that makes you think he is a very good qb?? plus pat pinkney is applying for a medical hardship redshirt that got approved by conference usa, and is now going to the ncaa for approval. we need pat, cause we have a good nucleus of defensive and offensive players coming back, and if Kass was our quarterback, that would really suck. and what is your comment about crying juvenile joepirate supposed to mean?
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jan 11, 2009 at 01:32 AM
    Barry: Check with your booster friend and ask him to pressure Mr. Holtz to go after South Carolina QB Chris Smelley who said he's transferring. Check: He is a very good QB. If you get this QB and the WR that I already told you about plus you have the commitment from the SC RB you guys are going to have a hell of a team! Bill and TPL are you with me(!)? Stay tuned!
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jan 10, 2009 at 11:39 PM
    Barry, Bill and TPL check: A two star good size RB from Southern California who has just committed to ECU. I hope he turns out better than the Crying juvenile joepirate.
  • by Dave on Jan 10, 2009 at 04:59 PM
    Poor CJ, no ROY and now NO SUPER BOWL!! HA HA! Another Dave prediction chalked up in the correct column!!
  • by Dave on Jan 10, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    Hey deadfish, USC can't play in cold weather either!!
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jan 10, 2009 at 02:36 PM
    We got another CJ on this thread aka Cheap Jerk.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    "Dave from coolville=impostor. Readers judge from writing style" did you know? there can only be 1 are....... da da da da da inspector deadfish da da da da da da da whooo hoooo. btw....the rose bowl is basically a home game. you cant honestly say that playing 10 miles from your campus is not home field advantage. it might not be your home stadium, but it is a home game. why do you think unc wanted to be the #1 seed in basketball last year. because they basically had all home games leading up to the final four. was it at the dean dome, no. but it was an obvious home court advantage for unc, period.

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