Clark Lea and the Vanderbilt Commodores did it!

Vandy’s 26-game SEC losing streak is over, and it came against the Kentucky Wildcats. Vanderbilt defeated UK 24-21 Saturday afternoon in Lexington. Quarterback Mike Wright accounted for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Commodores defense held Will Levis to just 109 yards passing, including 1 interception.

Following the game, an emotional Lea reacted to his team ending its 26-game conference losing streak.

On team breaking the losing streak …

“Well, they fought. There were opportunities for them make assumptions about the outcome. We got behind late. They kept fighting. When you stand to fight and you believe, good things happen. And they were able to make it happen at the end.”

On QB Mike Wright’s performance …

“Well, look, there’s going to be a lot to clean up, but we like to learn from wins. I’m proud of Mike. He’s had a tough year, personally a tough year, but he’s fought through that and stayed with his teammates. He’s prepared every week. He’s made some big plays for us this season. He came up with a big one there at the end to connect with Will Shepard, and he really did some nice things to keep us in the game early. They earned that. Excuse my emotion.”

On his crying emotions after the game …

“You got a bunch of guys that are fighting. We’re building a program. Building a program is hard. It takes tough people who are aligned doing the right things the right way. That’s what these guys are doing. I’m glad they got rewarded today.”

You can check out Lea’s postgame interview below: