(Saturday, November 12th)
Final Score: Vanderbilt 38, Kentucky 8
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Zac Stacy ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns, as the Vanderbilt Commodores cruised to a 38-8 win over Kentucky in an SEC matchup at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Jordan Matthews hauled in six passes for 131 yards and a score in the victory, his third straight game eclipsing 100 receiving yards. The Commodores (5-5, 2-5 SEC) can become bowl eligible for only the second time since 1982 with one more win. They'll close out their schedule with road games at Tennessee and Wake Forest over the next two weekends.
Kentucky (4-6) dropped to 1-5 in league play, as freshman Maxwell Smith made his first career road start and finished with 179 yards and a touchdown on 15- of-31 passing. The Wildcats now need to win out in order to extend their school-record streak to a sixth straight bowl game. They play at Georgia next weekend before returning home to host Tennessee in the regular-season finale.
Vanderbilt's first touchdown was set up by a Wildcats' fumble deep in their own territory, which gave the Commodores a 1st-and-goal at the 3. Stacy capitalized with a three-yard rushing touchdown to give Vandy a 7-0 lead six minutes into the contest.
The Commodores extended their lead to 14-0 at the 8:53 mark of the second quarter, as Jordan Rodgers found Chris Boyd for a 14-yard touchdown pass and catch.
Five minutes later, Stacy added another rushing score, this time from eight yards out to make it a 21-0 game. Commodores kicker Ryan Fowler tacked on three more points with a 32-yard field goal just before the half to send Vanderbilt into the locker room with a 24-0 advantage.
Vanderbilt continued to pad its lead in the second half. Matthews scored on a 49-yard reception from Rodgers in the third quarter, and Stacy notched his third rushing TD on an 18-yard scamper midway through the fourth. Kentucky's only points of the second half came on a 22-yard pass from Smith to Nick Melillo late in the third quarter.
Kentucky had won eight of the last 10 matchups with the Commodores in the head-to-head series. Vandy entered the game ranked 103rd nationally in total offense (326.6 ypg), but racked up 410 total yards in this contest. The 30- point margin of victory was the Commodores' largest in SEC play since a 49-19 win over Mississippi State on Nov. 5, 1971. The 38 points are Vanderbilt's most over a league foe since scoring 43 against Kentucky on Nov. 12, 2005.
11/12 16:26:46 ET