NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kentucky beat Vanderbilt 45-28 on Saturday in an SEC opener for both teams.
The Vandy offense surpassed the 300-yard mark for the fourth consecutive game, finishing with 328 yards Saturday. Vanderbilt (2-3, 0-1) has lost three straight games since winning its first two games of the season.
After trailing Kentucky 24-0 late in the second quarter, Vanderbilt began to find its offensive stride late in the first half, putting up 10 points on a pair of six-play drives to send the game to halftime trailing 24-10. Quarterback AJ Swann entered Saturday with 1,062 yards this season to lead the SEC and rank fourth among FBS quarterbacks in both categories, but he was held to 189 yards on 16-of-40 passing Saturday.
The Dores collected a pair of interceptions in a game for the second time this season. John Howse IV and Jeffery Ugochukwu each recorded their first collegiate interception in the loss. Vanderbilt has collected a total of seven interceptions this season.
Kamrean Johnson hauled in a 10-yard touchdown reception from Ken Seals in the closing seconds of the contest to record his second touchdown of the season.
The Commodores lost their third-straight game, while it is their first home defeat of the season.
Vanderbilt continues its homestand this Saturday when Missouri comes to FirstBank Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. and will air live on the SEC Network.