Jordan Matthews, Chris Boyd and Brian Kimbrow all scored on plays of 30 yards or more as Vanderbilt routed Kentucky 40-0 Saturday in Lexington.
The victory ran the Commodores’ current win streak to three games, gave them a winning record (5-4) for the first time this season and moved them within one win of bowl eligibility for the second straight season.
It was Vanderbilt’s first shutout of a Southeastern Conference opponent since Nov. 9, 1968, (6-0 against Kentucky) and the first time since 1964 it held two opponents scoreless in a single season. VU beat Presbyterian 58-0 back on Sept. 15.
Matthews capped the opening drive of the game with a 34-yard touchdown reception. Boyd’s 30-yard touchdown catch made it 21-0 in the second quarter, and Kimbrow’s 33-yard run early in the third quarter was the Commodores’ final touchdown.
VU scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions and punted just twice in the contest. If not for turnovers on back-to-back third-quarter drives (a fumble and an interception), the score could have been much worse.
Kentucky failed to convert either of the takeaways into points. Both ensuing possessions ended with failed fourth-down attempts.
The Wildcats had the ball for 16 plays and 7:10 on their opening possession but missed a field goal. They did not cross midfield again until late in the third quarter.
Vanderbilt (3-3 in the SEC) ran the ball 50 times and threw it 30 as it outgained Kentucky (1-9, 0-7) 447-260. That total was divided nearly evenly with 227 rushing yards and 220 passing.
Boyd finished with six catches for 81 yards, and Matthews added five receptions for 75 yards. Kimbrow and Zac Stacy each rushed for a team-high 69 yards — Kimbrow on 13 carries, Stacy on 11. Wesley Tate added 11 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown.