Commodores dismantle Wildcats, 40-0 - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Commodores dismantle Wildcats, 40-0

The Associated Press/University of Vanderbilt Athletics Department

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.

  • SEC FootballSEC CoverageMore>>

  • Waters' field goal gives LSU 64-63 win over Missouri

    Waters' field goal gives LSU 64-63 win over Missouri

    Saturday, February 17 2018 9:00 PM EST2018-02-18 02:00:41 GMT
    Tremont Waters (Source: WAFB)Tremont Waters (Source: WAFB)

    Tremont Waters made a shot in the lane with 19 seconds remaining in the game to give LSU a 64-63 Southeastern Conference victory against Missouri on Saturday.

    Tremont Waters made a shot in the lane with 19 seconds remaining in the game to give LSU a 64-63 Southeastern Conference victory against Missouri on Saturday.

  • Bulldogs remain perfect, win SEC regular season title

    Bulldogs remain perfect, win SEC regular season title

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:00 PM EST2018-02-19 04:00:43 GMT
    MSU led 36-25 at intermission and went on to win it 76-55 to remain perfect and win the SEC regular season title for the first time in program history.  "It just doesn't get any better than that, y'all," Vic Schaefer said following Sunday night's win over Texas A&M. "It's very, very special. To win a Southeastern Conference Championship, it takes something very special from each of them, and I'm really proud of them." Copyright 2018 M...
    MSU led 36-25 at intermission and went on to win it 76-55 to remain perfect and win the SEC regular season title for the first time in program history.  "It just doesn't get any better than that, y'all," Vic Schaefer said following Sunday night's win over Texas A&M. "It's very, very special. To win a Southeastern Conference Championship, it takes something very special from each of them, and I'm really proud of them." Copyright 2018 M...
  • Andy Kennedy steps down as Ole Miss basketball coach, effective immediately

    Andy Kennedy steps down as Ole Miss basketball coach, effective immediately

    Sunday, February 18 2018 5:30 PM EST2018-02-18 22:30:16 GMT
    WLBTWLBT

    Andy Kennedy, the winningest basketball coach in Ole Miss history, has stepped down as head coach of the program effective immediately.

    Andy Kennedy, the winningest basketball coach in Ole Miss history, has stepped down as head coach of the program effective immediately.

Powered by Frankly