Rapid Reaction: Kentucky runs wild, dominates Vanderbilt in 38-14 road win
After watching Kentucky in recent weeks, everyone knew what was coming — everyone but Derek Mason and his Vanderbilt defense, apparently.
Despite knowing Lynn Bowden and company were going to go run-heavy on Saturday, the Commodores surrendered 402 rushing yards and were completely dominated by Eddie Gran’s offense as Kentucky will return to Lexington after earning an easy 38-14 win in Nashville.
The final score was even worse when you consider the Commodores jumped out to an early 14-3 lead in this game. However, just when it looked like Kentucky may be in for a road fight against Vanderbilt, the Wildcats closed the game on a 35-0 run.
Vanderbilt scored on its second possession of the game when Ke’Shawn Vaughn punched the ball into the end zone from five yards out and followed that up with a scoop and score touchdown on the game’s next possession. Vanderbilt defender Andre Mintz knocked the ball loose and while Allan George picked it up and took it 67 yards to the house.
From that point on, it was all Kentucky.
Following the turnover, Kentucky scored touchdowns on five consecutive possessions. When you consider the Wildcats scored a field goal on their opening possession, Mark Stoops group scored on six of their first seven possessions.
Lynn Bowden continues to march toward All-SEC honors as Kentucky’s best receiver has been forced to shift to quarterback following numerous injuries and offseason transfers from the players making up the Wildcat QB room.
The team’s quarterback had yet another 100-yard performance this weekend after gaining 110 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Bowden even did some damage through the air by completing eight of 10 passes for 104 yards and another score.
In fact, Kentucky was playing so well in this game, Bowden was given the entire fourth quarter off. In his place, Sawyer Smith finished the game for the Wildcats. Smith completed two of four passes for 16 yards.
The Wildcats nearly had three players rush for 100 yards as Chris Rodriguez finished with 129 on the ground and Kavosiey Smoke chipped in 95 yards. Kentucky had 55 rushing attempts in the game and averaged 7.2 yards per rush.
Credit the Wildcat defense for a stout performance as the Commodores finished with only 90 passing yards and a total of 198 yards of offense.