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Patrick Towles TD strike helps lead Kentucky past Ohio 20-3

  • Kentucky wide receiver Dorian Baker, right, makes at catch in front of Ohio defender Ian Wells (41) at the goal line that was ruled a 8-yard touchdown completion in the first half of their NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Kentucky wide receiver Dorian Baker, right, makes at catch in front of Ohio defender Ian Wells (41) at the goal line that was ruled a 8-yard touchdown completion in the first half of their NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kentucky wide receiver Demarco Robinson (9) hurdles in teammate as Ohio's Jovon Johnson (51) grabs his waist on this first half play in their NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Kentucky wide receiver Demarco Robinson (9) hurdles in teammate as Ohio's Jovon Johnson (51) grabs his waist on this first half play in their NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles (14) makes a run up the center of the line during the first half of their NCAA college football game against Ohio in Lexington, Ky., Saturday Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles (14) makes a run up the center of the line during the first half of their NCAA college football game against Ohio in Lexington, Ky., Saturday Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles threw for 170 yards and rushed for 59 more to lead the Wildcats to a 20-3 win over Ohio Saturday.

Towles completed 17 of 31 passes and one touchdown and led the Wildcats to their first 2-0 start since 2011. Although Kentucky's offense wasn't as explosive as last week's 59-14 rout of Tennessee Martin, it was enough to help the Wildcats avenge a 28-16 loss to the Bobcats in 2004.

Towles completed three of his first five passes for 50 yards and rushed for 22 more on Kentucky's opening drive, capped by a 7-yard touchdown strike to Dorian Baker, giving the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 11:27 remaining in the first quarter.

Towles had six rushes of 10 yards or more on 22 attempts, including a 16-yard jaunt in the second quarter.

Ohio (1-1) avoided the shutout on Josiah Yazdani's 44-yard field goal in the third quarter.