NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Randall Cobb ran for two touchdowns,
Derrick Locke rushed for a career-high 144 yards and a touchdown,
and Kentucky beat Vanderbilt 24-13 Saturday to become bowl eligible
for a school record fourth straight year.
Kentucky (6-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) has won seven of the
past nine in this series and can improve its bowl berth in the
final two games of the regular season.
Vanderbilt (2-9, 0-7) had its best scoring game this season
against an SEC opponent. But the Commodores blew a 13-10 halftime
lead and lost their seventh straight after being shut out in the
second half. They managed a mere 31 yards offense in the second
The Wildcats struggled to pass even with Mike Hartline playing
his first game since injuring his left knee Oct. 10 against South
Carolina. Morgan Newton started, and both had passes intercepted.
But Locke and Cobb helped Kentucky win its second straight and for
the fourth time in five games.
This game featured the SEC's two worst defenses against the run,
and Kentucky did a better job rushing with Cobb and Locke than
Vanderbilt managed as a team. Cobb finished with 99 yards on 14
carries, while Locke ran 25 times as Kentucky outgained Vandy
399-209 in total offense - 308 of that coming on the ground.
Cobb put Kentucky up 7-0 after taking the snap in the Wildcats'
wildcobb formation. He ran right before tiptoeing along the right
sideline for a 21-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Officials
reviewed the play to make sure he stayed inbound, and he did.
He put Kentucky ahead to stay 17-13 by capping the opening drive
of the third quarter by running in 3 yards for his second TD. Then
Locke capped a 72-yard drive with a 14-yard TD in the fourth
quarter to seal the victory, finishing with his third 100-yard
rushing game this season.
Vanderbilt hadn't scored more than 10 in any SEC game this
season but led 13-10 at halftime thanks largely to a defense ranked
10th nationally against the pass. The Commodores turned two
interceptions into 10 points in the second quarter but lost
linebacker Patrick Benoist, their leading tackler, to a suspected
concussion in the first half.
Eddie Foster picked off a pass by Hartline. That set up Ryan
Fowler's career-long 47-yard field goal to pull Vandy with in 7-6.
T.J. Greenstone tipped a Newton pass, and Myron Lewis grabbed it
for his 10th career interception at the Kentucky 20. Three plays
later, Mackenzi Adams found John Cole who pulled in a 21-yard pass
for the first touchdown of the receiver's career to give Vandy its
first lead of the game with 2:25 left in the half.
The Commodores could have scored more except Adams overthrew a
receiver, and Calvin Harrison intercepted the pass at the Kentucky
23 with 50 seconds left until halftime.
Kentucky 7 3 7 7-24
Vanderbilt 3 10 0 0-13
Ky-R.Cobb 21 run (Seiber kick), 8:00.
Van-FG Fowler 42, 3:01.
Van-FG Fowler 47, 10:07.
Ky-FG Seiber 36, 6:16.
Van-Cole 21 pass from Adams (Fowler kick), 2:25.
Ky-R.Cobb 3 run (Seiber kick), 10:14.
Ky-Locke 14 run (Seiber kick), 5:08.
First downs 22 11
Rushes-yards 58-308 34-82
Passing 91 127
Comp-Att-Int 7-15-2 11-24-1
Return Yards 14 1
Punts-Avg. 5-45.2 8-47.1
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties-Yards 4-30 3-35
Time of Possession 34:48 25:12
RUSHING-Kentucky, Locke 25-144, R.Cobb 14-99, Allen 7-28,
Newton 4-18, A.Smith 6-16, Conner 1-4, Team 1-(minus 1). Vanderbilt,
Norman 12-52, Stacy 9-21, Adams 11-17, Graham 2-(minus 8).
PASSING-Kentucky, Newton 4-7-1-40, Hartline 2-6-1-10,
Locke 1-1-0-41, Team 0-1-0-0. Vanderbilt, Adams 11-24-1-127.
RECEIVING-Kentucky, King 2-41, Locke 2-6, R.Cobb 2-3, Newton 1-41.
Vanderbilt, Cole 5-61, Barden 2-31, Stacy 2-19, Umoh 1-13, Norman 1-3.
Team Records and Series Notes
* Kentucky is 6-4 overall, 2-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt is 2-9 overall, 0-7 in league play.
* Kentucky leads the series, 40-38-4. UK has won one in a row. The visiting team has won the last three games in this series.
* The win marks the fourth consecutive season that Kentucky has won six or more games.
* Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats play at Georgia on Sat. Nov. 21 at 7:45 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2.
UK Team Notes
* Kentucky gained a season-high 308 yards rushing in the game, the most since UK gained 355 rushing yards vs. Indiana in 2004.
* UK’s 308 rushing yards is the most against an SEC opponent since rushing for 310 at South Carolina in 1995.
* Kentucky had 399 total offensive yards, the most against an SEC opponent (non-overtime game) since rolling up 512 total yards vs. Florida in 2007.
* UK held Vanderbilt to 13 points, the fewest against an SEC opponent since the 14-13 win at Mississippi State in 2008.
* UK held Vanderbilt to 11 first downs, the fewest against an SEC opponent since limiting South Carolina to nine first downs in 1999.
* The Wildcat defense held Vanderbilt to 82 yards rushing, the second time this season UK has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing in the game.
* Kentucky held Vanderbilt to 209 yards total offense, the best showing since UK limited VU to 91 total yards in 1996.
* In the second half, Vanderbilt was limited to one first down, 31 total offensive yards, 0-of-5 on third downs and held the ball only 6:56 time of possession.
* Kentucky’s kickoff team did an excellent job today. Kickoff man Craig McIntosh had three touchbacks (second game in a row for that) and VU’s highly dangerous kickoff returner Warren Norman returned two kickoffs for just 38 yards. VU’s best field position after a kickoff was its own 28-yard line.
UK Individual Notes
* Randall Cobb opened the scoring with an 18-yard touchdown run. He has scored a touchdown in each of the last six games he has played. Cobb did not play last Saturday against Eastern Kentucky because of an injury.
* Cobb also scored on a three-yard run in the third quarter. It is the fourth time this season he has scored at least two touchdowns in one game.
* Cobb finished the game 99 yards on the ground on 14 carries, scoring twice.
* Derrick Locke carried the ball 25 times for 144 yards, both career highs.
n It is Locke’s third 100-yard game of the season.
n Locke moved past Bobby Cravens, Mike Fanuzzi and Al Baker into 15th place on the UK career rushing list. Locke now has 1,565 rushing yards as a Wildcat.
* Locke threw a 41-yard pass to quarterback Morgan Newton in the first quarter to move down to the VU 21-yard line. Cobb scored on the next play.
* Lones Seiber moved into seventh place in SEC history for extra points made in a career. Seiber has made (150) extra points as a Wildcat.
* John Conner broke the Kentucky career record for games played with 51. Tim Masthay also played in 50 games from 2005-08.
* Punter Ryan Tydlacka had the best game of his career, averaging 45.2 yards per punt on five punts.
* With two receptions, freshman La’Rod King matched a career high with 41 receiving yards attained last time out against EKU.
* Calvin Harrison’s interception in the second quarter was his third of the season and fourth of his career.
* Sam Maxwell led the defense with nine tackles, including one for a loss, and forced a VU fumble – the second of his career.