NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kentucky quarterback Lynn Bowden ran for 110 yards and threw for 104 more as the Wildcats ran right past Vanderbilt 38-14 on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Kentucky (5-5, 3-5 SEC) ran for 401 yards as a team and averaged seven yards per play. It scored 35 unanswered points in its fourth-straight win over Vandy.
The Commodores (2-8, 1-6 SEC) return home to host East Tennessee State (3-8) at 2:30 p.m. next Saturday.
Kentucky took its first drive of the day and ventured into the red zone, but Vandy’s defense held and forced a 32-yard field goal by Chance Moore – a kick that was good and made it 3-0.
Vanderbilt countered with an eight-play drive that ate up 4 1/2 minutes and covered 75 yards. It featured a wide receiver run, double pass and 5-yard run from Vaughn that gave the Commodores a 7-3 lead with 5:21 to go in the period.
The Vandy defense got involved on the ensuing drive when Andre Mintze forced a fumble inside his own 30 and cornerback Allan George picked it up on the 33 and raced 67 yards the other way for six making it 14-3.
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— Chad Bishop (@MrChadBishop) November 16, 2019
Kentucky found the end zone for the first time with an 11-play drive that ended with Kavosiey Smoke’s 3-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. That cut UK’s deficit to 14-10.
The Wildcats retook the lead on Chris Rodriguez’s 22-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. That finished an 82-yard scoring drive that swallowed 4:20 of clock.
Kentucky tacked on one final one touchdown before the half when Bowden scrambled from the Vandy 14, threw to his right and watched his pass get tipped by Vanderbilt defensive back Brendon Harris and land in the arms of Kentucky receiver Josh Ali in the end zone.
That gave the Wildcats a 24-14 lead at the break. They rushed for 279 yards and totaled 18 first downs in the first half.
Bowden made it 31-14 three minutes into the third quarter with a touchdown run from a yard out. Rodriguez added a 27-yard scoring run late in the third quarter making it 38-14.
Vanderbilt finished with just 198 yards of offense and went 2 of 9 on third down.