Arguably Joker Phillips’ most heralded recruit, fans clamored to see Towles play as a true freshman. After patiently waiting through five games, his first snaps under center for Kentucky came against Mississippi State in 2012.
On his first drive Towles completed 5 of 6 passes for 71 yards, finishing the drive with a 32-yard touchdown pass. Unfortunately, the momentum behind Patrick could not be sustained. Two drives later, he took a low hit and sprained his ankle, seemingly keeping him out for the rest of the season.
Patrick did not forget what the Dogs did to him when he suited up against the #1 team in the nation in Commonwealth Stadium. The Dak Attack came out hot, and it looked as though they were going to run away with it. Insert Patrick Towles.
Towles found Demarco Robinson for a 67-yard touchdown to ignite the atmosphere in Commonwealth Stadium. He continued assaulting the State defense through the air, finishing the game with a career-high 390 yards passing and two touchdowns. He kept drives alive with his legs, leading the team with 76 yards rushing on 23 carries. Towles accounted for 92.4% of Kentucky’s offense on a 500-yard day, but he couldn’t do it alone. Kentucky kept it tight until the 4th quarter, falling 45-31.
If Patrick can continue to build on some of his best performances, Kentucky could have another fun return trip on the plane.