NCAA Game Summary - Kentucky at Vanderbilt|
(Saturday, November 16)
Final Score: Vanderbilt 22, Kentucky 6
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Matthews reeled in a career-high 12
receptions for 141 yards as the Vanderbilt Commodores became bowl eligible
with a 22-6 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats in a Southeast Conference
matchup at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Austyn Carta-Saumuels made his first appearance under center for the
Commodores (6-4, 3-4 SEC) since Oct. 19 and completed 19-of-24 pass attempts
for 184 yards. Matthews's strong showing put him over the 1,000-yard mark in
receiving yards for the second consecutive season. Jerron Seymour paced the
hosts on the ground with 77 yards on 21 attempts. Kenny Ladler anchored
Vanderbilt's defensive unit with a team-high eight tackles and one of the
team's four interceptions.
Kentucky (2-8, 0-6) struggled offensively as all four of the picks came
courtesy of Jalen Whitlow, who finished 14-of-28 for 120 yards. Whitlow also
gained a team-best 69 yards on 17 carries while Raymond Sanders contributed 60
yards on 14 totes. Demarco Robinson led the Wildcats in receiving with four
catches for 49 yards. Donte Rumph registered a game-high 10 total stops in
Kentucky's 14th consecutive conference loss.
The Wildcats got off to a great start as they forced Vanderbilt to end the
opening drive of the game with a punt and drove 73 yards on 11 plays to set up
Jojo Kemp for a two-yard touchdown run. Kentucky's momentum evaporated as Joe
Mansour's extra-point attempt was blocked and returned all the way to the
other end zone for two points by Steven Clarke.
The Commodores took their first lead of the contest with only 52 seconds
remaining in the first frame as Brian Kimbrow scored on a 21-yard touchdown
Neither side managed to produce any points during the second quarter which
sent the contest into the intermission with Vanderbilt holding a 9-6 lead.
The strong defensive play continued into the second half as both offenses were
shutout in the third stanza as well.
Vanderbilt ended the drought with 13 minutes left in regulation as Carey Spear
connected on a 26-yard field goal attempt. Spear made it a two-possession game
with just over seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter as he converted a
38-yard field goal try. The Commodores added a touchdown in the final minute
of the contest as backup quarterback Patton Robinette completed a 13-yard pass
to Kris Kentera for a score.
The Commodores' offense racked up only 313 yards of total offense, but still
held an advantage as Kentucky finished with only 262 total yards.
The all-time series between these schools is now tied, 41-41-4.
11/16 17:19:13 ET