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Vanderbilt Commodores vs Kentucky Wildcats, Nashville Tennessee

Dudley Field, November 16, 2019

The Wildcats(4-5,2-5) travel to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt(2-7,1-5). The Commodores are lead by 6th year Head coach Derek Mason(26-45). The Wildcats are lead by 7th year Head coach Mark Stoops(40-44).

                Statistically the Commodores are scoring 15.1 points/game while giving up 35.0. The Commodores are averaging 178.6 yards/game offensively. The team is lead by Redshirt senior Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s 90.89 yards/game and 6 TD’s. Conversely Kentucky is scoring 20.3 points/game while giving up 18.7/game. The Wildcats are averaging 352.2 yards/game. The Wildcats are lead by Junior WR/QB Lynn Bowden Jr’s 79.1yards/game rushing and 4 TD’s.

                While no one associated with the Kentucky program would ever mention that this is a “MUST WIN” game, but failing to put this one in the win column would not bode well with the remaining schedule to become bowl eligible.

                With this being Veteran’s Day week there will be a special tribute to the men and women that serve our country selflessly.

USA Flag on Vandy Field – Photo by John Reynolds

                To all of our Military THANK YOU!!

 

At Kickoff it is decidedly a Kentucky crowd!!

                Vandy starts on offense and the second snap of the game sails over QB Neal’s head followed by a false start penalty puts the yardage at 3rd and 32. PUNT

                Kentucky starts Lynn Bowden Jr at QB. After picking up a first down on the first rush of the game by AJ Rose the offense stalled and Chance Poore struggled to get the ball through the uprights from 32.

                On Vandy’s possession following the kickoff Kentucky must have forgotten that they also have to play defense. The Dores picked up huge chunks of yardage running Vaughn, and a trickeration play with a double pass play. Ke’Shawn Vaughn easily goes in from 5 yards out for the score. Kentucky’s DeAndre Square was shaken up on the play, but seems to be okay on the Kentucky sideline.

                Rose takes the first handoff 60 yards to the 25 yardline, then on the second snap Rose fumbles for a scoop and score for the Dores! Vandy 14, KY 3.

                Kentucky will reset the offense this time with Kavosiey Smoke at running back. Sawyer Smith comes in to sneak for a first down to keep the drive alive. After Kentucky survives another unsportsmanlike penalty and 3 of 4 completions by Bowden the Cats score on a 4 yard run by Kavosiey Smoke.

                Chris Rodriguez Jr absolutely bulls his way 22 yards into the end zone to put the Cats ahead of Vandy 17-14 with 8:07 to go in the second period.

                Kentucky completely blew up a Vandy receiver on the first play from scrimmage!! That play was followed by a QUESTIONABLE incomplete pass behind the line(that Kentucky recovered). But Kentucky’s defense forces the punt.(Looks like the defense remembered they have to play too.)

                Lynn Bowden scrambles at the end of a long drive to find Clevan Thomas in the end zone after the Vandy defender tipped the ball. Great concentration by Thomas on that play.

 

At the half Kentucky 24, Vandy 14

                The first half was total domination by Kentucky(except scoop and score). The Wildcats had 19 first downs to Vandy’s 7, 319 total yards to Vandy’s 84. Time of possession Kentucky 20:10, Vandy 09:50.

                Today’s attendance was announced as 23,350. The capacity of Dudley field is 40,350.

                Kentucky starts the second half with big gains on the ground to set up Clevan Thomas on a screen pass that gains 42 yards when, Thomas was ruled out of bounds at the two. Next snap Lynn Bowden keeps on the option for the 2 yard scoring run.

                Kentucky’s Yusuf Corker picks off the Riley Neal pass at the Kentucky 28 to give the ball back to the Kentucky offense. Rodriguez is the MAN!!!! Dragging a whole host of Vandy defenders for a six yard gain and a first down. After being backed up on offense Kavosiey “Smoked” them on a screen pass from Bowden for 27 yards on a third and twenty six play! Rodriguez torches the Vandy defense for a 27 yard touchdown!

                At the end of the third quarter Kentucky has brought in a lot of new defenders to give them some gametime experience with the Cats ahead 38-24.

                Saywer Smith comes in at the 14:27 mark in the fourth quarter and completes his first pass to Bryce Oliver for an eleven yard gain and a first down. (Saywer Smith’s throws have been on strings) With 12:52 to go in the game Lynn Bowden can be seen dancing on the Kentucky sideline without a helmet. Kentucky however turns the ball over on downs after moving the ball to the 37 yardline of Vanderbilt.

                Kentucky’s defense is facing a fourth and five to keep Vandy from the end zone since the 4:36 mark in the first quarter. SUCCESS!! The wildcats will take over on downs at the 5 yardline and 5:39 to play.

                Walker Wood sees his action ever as a wildcat. Completes his pass attempt, then scrambles for a nine yard gain. Plus an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Vandy gives another 15 yards to Kentucky offense. But a holding,an illegal formation, and a false start have made it a third and 34 for Kentucky. Max Duffy is now seeing his first time on the field with 1:11 to go in the game.

                Kentucky’s defense hold on and gets Kentucky the ball back on downs with 6 seconds to go. Walker Wood takes a knee to end the game with a 38-14 final score.

                This game was never in question since the first quarter. While the defense gave up an early touchdown, they regrouped and played one of the best games this season holding Vanderbilt to 198 yard of total offense(about 40 of those coming on their final two drives).

                Kentucky’s offense was no match for the poorly ranked Vandy defense. Kentucky rushed for 401, passed for 127 for a total of 528 total yards of offense.

While everything looks pretty good for the Cats today they really need to clean up their play going forward with two(could very easily been three) unsportsmanlike calls. The Wildcats were flagged a total of eleven times for ninety one yards.

Kentucky will now come home for the rest of the season. Next week it will be Tennessee Martin and Thanksgiving week will be Louisville. Kentucky is still one game short of bowl eligibility with those two games to go.

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