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Towles throws, runs for TDs; Kentucky tops Vanderbilt 17-7 to snap 17-game SEC losing streak

  • Vanderbilt's Paris Head after University of Wildcat Ryan Timmons had scored a touchdown, Saturday Sept. 27, 2014 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. A review showed Timmons had held on to the ball long enough to have possession. (AP Photo/John Flavell)

    Vanderbilt's Paris Head after University of Wildcat Ryan Timmons had scored a touchdown, Saturday Sept. 27, 2014 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. A review showed Timmons had held on to the ball long enough to have possession. (AP Photo/John Flavell)  (The Associated Press)

  • University of Kentucky student fan David Green, dressed as The UK Warrior, talks to friends Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 before the University of Kentucky plays Vanderbilt in an NCAA college football game at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/John Flavell)

    University of Kentucky student fan David Green, dressed as The UK Warrior, talks to friends Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 before the University of Kentucky plays Vanderbilt in an NCAA college football game at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/John Flavell)  (The Associated Press)

Patrick Towles threw a 20-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 1-yard run, and Kentucky made three fourth-quarter interceptions to hold off Vanderbilt 17-7 on Saturday to end a 17-game Southeastern Conference losing streak.

Though the Wildcats (3-1, 1-1) sent 56,940 away happy with their first conference win since November 2011 against Tennessee, there was no wild on-field celebration by Kentucky players after escaping the Commodores (1-4, 0-3). Coach Mark Stoops congratulated several players and shook hands with Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason before departing to cheers.

All of the game's scoring came in the first half with Towles doing the work with his arm and feet. He connected with Ryan Timmons to cap a 99-yard opening drive. He followed Austin MacGinnis' 44-yard field goal with a 1-yard sneak just before halftime.

Kentucky's defense preserved the win by holding the Commodores to just 57 second-half yards and 139 total.