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Heard, Horton run for 2 TDs, Towles adds 2 scores as Kentucky blows out UT Martin 59-14

  • Kentucky running back Braylon Heard (5) outruns Tennessee-Martin defensive back Jordan Landry (21) to score a first half touchdown in the season-opening NCAA college football game for both teams in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Kentucky running back Braylon Heard (5) outruns Tennessee-Martin defensive back Jordan Landry (21) to score a first half touchdown in the season-opening NCAA college football game for both teams in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles (14) passes under pressure from Tennessee-Martin defensive lineman Matt Murphy (48), right,  in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. At left is Kentucky lineman Ramsey Meyers (69). (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles (14) passes under pressure from Tennessee-Martin defensive lineman Matt Murphy (48), right, in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. At left is Kentucky lineman Ramsey Meyers (69). (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kentucky wide receiver Javess Blue (8) maintains his balance after grabbing a pass in front of Tennessee-Martin safety Walter Evans (26) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Kentucky wide receiver Javess Blue (8) maintains his balance after grabbing a pass in front of Tennessee-Martin safety Walter Evans (26) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

Braylon Heard's first-half touchdown runs of 73 and 43 yards spurred Kentucky to a season-opening, 59-14 rout of Tennessee-Martin on Saturday.

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

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 TD run for Kentucky. Khalil Henderson returned a third-quarter fumble 89 yards for a score.

The game's final 4 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.