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Vanderbilt dominates Kentucky in all phases 40-0
VANDERBILT 40, KENTUCKY 0
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Vanderbilt dominated Kentucky on offense,
defense and special teams Saturday to jump to a 27-point
halftime lead and coast to a 40-0 win.
Quarterback Jordan Rodgers completed 18 of 29 passes for 220
yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and three different
Commodores running backs scored rushing touchdowns against the
overmatched Kentucky defense.
Vanderbilt's 40-point victory margin was its largest against the
Wildcats in 96 years. In the teams' 85 meetings - 40 won by
Vanderbilt - the only Commodores victories that were more
lopsided were 45-0 in 1916 and 50-0 in 1897.
The Commodores (5-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) scored
touchdowns on four of their five first-half drives, none of
which took longer than 4 minutes, 19 seconds.
Rodgers drove Vanderbilt 71 yards on 11 plays to begin the game,
ending with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews. Rodgers
also threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Chris Boyd in the second
Vanderbilt relied on its offense and Kentucky's special-teams
miscues to start drives in good field position and move the ball
quickly thereafter. The Wildcats were penalized twice for
interfering with the catch on punts on consecutive
second-quarter drives, both of which Vanderbilt turned into
Kentucky (1-9, 0-7) missed an early scoring opportunity on a
16-play, 49-yard drive that consumed 7:10. After converting a
fourth-down play at the Vanderbilt 28-yard line, the Wildcats
were pushed back, and Craig McIntosh missed a 50-yard field goal
attempt on fourth-and-15.
The Wildcats made it into the red zone only once in the game. In
the third quarter, sophomore safety Ashely Lowery intercepted a
Rodgers pass in Vanderbilt territory and returned it to the
Commodores 25-yard line, and a personal foul on the return
pushed Kentucky up to the 12-yard line.
But Kentucky turned the ball over on downs in four plays.
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