Scores

Final

Vanderbilt 40

(5-4, 3-3 SEC)

Kentucky 0

(1-9, 0-7 SEC)

Coverage: ESPNU

12:00 PM ET, November 3, 2012

Commonwealth Stadium, LEXINGTON, KY

1 2 3 4 T
VAN 7 20 7 640
UK 0 0 0 00

Top Performers

Passing: J. Rodgers (VAN) - 220 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: Z. Stacy (VAN) - 11 CAR, 69 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Boyd (VAN) - 6 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Vanderbilt coasts by Kentucky after big halftime lead

Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Vanderbilt dominated Kentucky on offense, defense and special teams Saturday to jump to a 27-point halftime lead and coast to a 40-0 win.

Quarterback Jordan Rodgers completed 18 of 29 passes for 220 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and three different Commodores running backs scored rushing touchdowns against the overmatched Kentucky defense.

Vanderbilt's 40-point victory margin was its largest against the Wildcats in 96 years. In the teams' 85 meetings -- 40 won by Vanderbilt -- the only Commodores victories that were more lopsided were 45-0 in 1916 and 50-0 in 1897.

The Commodores (5-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) scored touchdowns on four of their five first-half drives, none of which took longer than 4 minutes, 19 seconds.

Rodgers drove Vanderbilt 71 yards on 11 plays to begin the game, ending with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews. Rodgers also threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Chris Boyd in the second quarter.

Vanderbilt relied on its offense and Kentucky's special-teams miscues to start drives in good field position and move the ball quickly thereafter. The Wildcats were penalized twice for interfering with the catch on punts on consecutive second-quarter drives, both of which Vanderbilt turned into touchdowns.

Kentucky (1-9, 0-7) missed an early scoring opportunity on a 16-play, 49-yard drive that consumed 7:10. After converting a fourth-down play at the Vanderbilt 28-yard line, the Wildcats were pushed back, and Craig McIntosh missed a 50-yard field goal attempt on fourth-and-15.

The Wildcats made it into the red zone only once in the game. In the third quarter, sophomore safety Ashely Lowery intercepted a Rodgers pass in Vanderbilt territory and returned it to the Commodores 25-yard line, and a personal foul on the return pushed Kentucky up to the 12-yard line.

But Kentucky turned the ball over on downs in four plays.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VAN
UK
1st Downs2915
Total Yards447260
Passing220159
Rushing227101
Penalties5-287-100
3rd Down Conversions11-175-17
4th Down Conversions1-11-4
Turnovers20
Possession34:3325:27

Passing Leaders

VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rodgers18/292207.621
KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Towles8/23934.000

Rushing Leaders

VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kimbrow13695.3133
Stacy11696.3123
KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
George14443.1015
Sanders7324.6011

Receiving Leaders

VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boyd68113.5130
Matthews57515.0134
KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Legree34715.7020
Robinson13535.0035

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVANUK
TD10:41Jordan Matthews 34 Yd Pass From Jordan Rodgers (Carey Spear Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERVANUK
TD14:32Wesley Tate 3 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 140
TD03:38Chris Boyd 30 Yd Pass From Jordan Rodgers (Carey Spear Kick) 210
TD00:38Zac Stacy 2 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 270
THIRD QUARTERVANUK
TD11:43Brian Kimbrow 33 Yd Run (Carey Spear Kick) 340
FOURTH QUARTERVANUK
FG08:04Carey Spear 40 Yd 370
FG03:14Carey Spear 48 Yd 400

Research Notes

Vanderbilt's last SEC shutout win came on November 9, 1968. It was a 6-0 win at Kentucky.
Vandy leads Kentucky 27-0 at half. This is the 4th time since 2004 that Vanderbilt has held an SEC opponent scoreless in the 1st half. 3 of those 4 times have come against Kentucky.

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