(Saturday, November 13th)
Final Score: Kentucky 38, Vanderbilt 20
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Randall Cobb ran for 170 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he helped lead the Kentucky Wildcats to a 38-20 win over the Commodores of Vanderbilt in SEC action at Commonwealth Stadium.
Cobb carried the ball just 10 times for the Wildcats (6-5, 2-5 SEC) as they won their second straight game and the first conference bout since topping South Carolina in the middle of October. Derrick Locke chipped in with 145 yards and a couple of rushing touchdowns as well, while Mike Hartline converted 15-of-23 passes for 232 yards and a score.
The Commodores (2-8, 1-6), losers of five in a row, were paced by Larry Smith who hit on 10-of-26 passes for 128 yards and also gained 33 yards and a TD on 12 rushing attempts in the setback.
Vandy put the first points on the board as kicker Ryan Fowler knocked through a 20-yard field goal to cap a 10-play, 61-yard drive with 9:40 remaining in the first quarter.
Kentucky responded as Craig McIntosh booted a 20-yard field goal of his own to knot the score at 3-3 heading into the second quarter.
Fowler added a 29-yard field goal early in the second period to give the lead back to Vandy at 6-3.
At the 8:18 mark of the quarter Cobb scored the first of his touchdowns for the Wildcats on a five-yard run, finishing off a 13-play, 71-yard drive that ate up more than five minutes on the clock.
On the ensuing possession the Commodores moved the ball 74 yards in a mere three plays, capped by a four-yard TD run by Smith, giving the visitors a 13-10 advantage at the break.
In the second half Kentucky ripped off 28 straight points, beginning with a 73-yard TD run by Cobb. Locke's one-yard TD run later in the third made the score 24-13 heading into the fourth.
Hartline's lone TD pass of the afternoon went for 55 yards to Chris Matthews with just under 11 minutes to play in the contest. Add to that an 83-yard scamper by Locke into the end zone and Kentucky found itself with a commanding 38-13 advantage with 5:38 to play.
Refusing to give up, Vanderbilt put together an 11-play, 78-yard drive that culminated with a four-yard TD pass from Jared Funk to Jordan Matthews, but that's as close as the visitors would get.
Kentucky ran for a hefty 341 yards and posted 580 yards of total offense, averaging close to nine yards per snap.
11/13 17:16:39 ET