Brian McClure hit Greg Meehan with an 11-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left Saturday to give Bowling Green a 30-26 upset victory over Kentucky.
McClure, who completed 30 of 48 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns, connected with Meehan to give Bowling Green (2-0) a 28-26 lead.
Kentucky gave up the final two points on a safety when Cornell Burbage lateraled the ball out of the end zone on the final kickoff.
It was career win No. 100 for Bowling Green’s Denny Stolz, who has coached for nine seasons at the Mid-American Conference school. “I’d have to rank this pretty close to the top,” he said. “We had a great game plan. We were ready to win.”
Kentucky Coach Jerry Claiborne said: “I think the big thing is that we never got cranked up with emotion. We were not aggressive. We never got the adrenalin going. I did a poor job in preparing them. We never got excited.”
McClure hit seven passes in a 76-yard drive that led to the winning touchdown. He threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter that gave Bowling Green a 21-17 lead, a 17-yarder to Gerald Bayless and an 11-yarder to Stan Hunter that was set up by Chris Hartman’s interception at the Kentucky 23.
Kentucky’s Joe Worley kicked a school-record four straight field goals, the final one cutting Bowling Green’s lead to 21-20 with 3:26 left in the third quarter.