UK FOOTBALL | Wildcats Rush Their Way to Win at Vanderbilt

11/11/2017 08:25 PM

For the first time since 2009, the UK football team beat the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville, Tn.

After trailing 7-0 early in the game, Kentucky (7-3, 4-3) scored the game’s next 34 points, en route to a 44-21 win over Vandy (4-6, 0-6).

One of the big storylines in the game was the Wildcats’ running game. They outrushed the Commodores 232-60 in the match-up.

RB Benny Snell accounted for 116 rushing yards on 17 carries. He scored three touchdowns. Snell now has 1,013 rushing yards on the season, becoming the first player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. He also now holds UK’s career rushing touchdown record with 28.

Meanwhile, RB Sihiem King had 69 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.

QB Stephen Johnson was accurate in the passing game, going 13-of-17 for 195 yards. His two biggest targets were WR Garrett Johnson and WR Lynn Bowden, Jr.

Johnson had six receptions for 76 yards, while Bowden had three receptions for 79 yards.

On the other side of the ball, the UK defense had a big afternoon, intercepting the Vanderbilt offense four times.

Up next for UK is a trip to Athens, Ga., where it will face No. 1 Georgia. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET next Saturday.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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