Vanderbilt dominated the offensive statistics but still dropped a 27-20 decision to No. 24 Kentucky on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium.
The Commodores posted more total yards (432-351), more first downs (30 to 19) and won time of possession by nearly 12 minutes.
But it wasn’t enough, as VU’s final drive fell short at the UK 20-yard-line with 0:17 left when quarterback Mackenzi Adams’ fourth-down pass into the end zone missed the mark.
The loss dropped Vanderbilt to 5-5 overall and 2-5 in Southeastern Conference play. The loss was Vanderbilt’s fourth straight to Kentucky and 10th in the past 12 meetings.
The Wildcats improved to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the SEC.
“Tough one to lose,” VU coach Bobby Johnson said. “That one hurt a bunch. We didn’t make plays when we had to make them. That was they key.”
Commodores kicker Bryant Hahnfeldt missed an extra-point attempt and field goals of 33 and 44 yards.
“We didn’t execute in the kicking game at all,” Johnson said. “That cost us seven points.”
Wide receiver Earl Bennett caught eight passes for 69 yards to lead the Vanderbilt offense. Adams completed 20 of 31 passes for 193 yards and no interceptions.
UK quarterback Andre’ Woodson completed 17 of 28 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown.
The Commodores were seeking their first six-win season since 1982. They travel to Tennessee next Saturday before hosting Wake Forest to close the regular season Nov. 24.
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