Vanderbilt shows big-play offense, stingy defense at Kentucky

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 3:21pm
Staff reports

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.

7 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 11/3/12 at 2:04

So far Vanderbilt has won every game they should have won. Obviously Northwestern was a better team than most of us realized. Now an upset win over Ole Miss or Tenn and a victory over Wake Forest and you have a renaissance alive and well.

Losses to Ole Miss and Tenn and a victory over Wake and a six and six record should be considered acceptable just because it is Vanderbilt.

By: joe41 on 11/3/12 at 3:12

Eat your heart out Rasp. This was a total domination of Kentucky today. I would consider Vandy favored in two of the three games remaining. But, if they play to potential, all three will be exciting games to watch. Go Commodores!


By: TITAN1 on 11/3/12 at 8:20

Well said, Joe! Rasp/Rump/FrankBrown, is nothing more than a miserable joy sucker. Great game, Vandy! Coach Franklin is the best thing to happen at Vandy in a long time!

By: Blip on 11/3/12 at 9:07

Very happy with the big win today. I was grinning like a cheshire cat, strolling through the Atlanta airport.

By: Rasputin72 on 11/3/12 at 10:21

Titan1.........Whatever happened to the "real" Frank Brown?

By: 4gold on 11/4/12 at 8:21

Anchor Down! I want all three of the last three games. 6-6 won't do. 8-4 and the Chick Fil A bowl is real progress. Pedal to the metal. Only depressing thing is Vanderbilts small fan base and fighting off bigger schools for Coach Franklin. You know they will be coming for him. VU has kept Corbin and will take same effort to keep Franklin.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live if they would support their own!

By: wiseguy1 on 11/4/12 at 10:37

Good W ... any conference W is a good one.

Raspy, gotta disagree with you about Northwestern being a better team than we thought. NU has only beaten 1 team (Minn) other than VU with a winning record. I see the NU loss as a reminder of the past 60 years - play hard and lose a winnable game - we all want to leave behind.

I see VU success in the next three games linked squarely to offense and third down conversions to keep the D off the field. Going to take more than 17 points to win each of the last 3. Penalties and turnovers are two aspects of (Raspys 60 years of renaissance) beating yourself that have to get cleaned up.

Agree with joe, all 3 will exciting to watch. A bit gut wrenching at times, but exciting.