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Vandy Commodores make history beating Kentucky 22-6 to become eligible for 3rd straight bowl

  • Vanderbilt running back Brian Kimbrow (25) is congratulated by head coach James Franklin, left, and Wesley Tate (24) after Kimbrow scored a touchdown on a 21-yard run against Kentucky in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Vanderbilt running back Brian Kimbrow (25) is congratulated by head coach James Franklin, left, and Wesley Tate (24) after Kimbrow scored a touchdown on a 21-yard run against Kentucky in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vanderbilt running back Brian Kimbrow (25) gets past Kentucky safety Ashely Lowery (5) as Kimbrow runs 21-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Vanderbilt running back Brian Kimbrow (25) gets past Kentucky safety Ashely Lowery (5) as Kimbrow runs 21-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels passes against Kentucky in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels passes against Kentucky in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

Brian Kimbrow scored on a 21-yard run, and Vanderbilt beat Kentucky 22-6 Saturday in becoming bowl eligible for a third straight season under coach James Franklin — the first time in the Commodores' history.

Vanderbilt had been to only four bowls before Franklin took over. Now the Commodores (6-4, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) have won two with two games remaining in the regular season, and bowl eligibility means they will have a chance to match last year's 9-4 record that was their best since 1915.

Jordan Matthews caught 12 passes for 141 yards in becoming the first Vanderbilt receiver with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Andre Hal had one of Vanderbilt's four interceptions, and Patton Robinette sealed the win with a 13-yard TD pass to Kris Kentera with 47 seconds left.

Kentucky (2-8, 0-6) lost its 14th straight SEC game. The Wildcats never scored after Jojo Kemp's 2-yard TD on the opening drive.