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Vanderbilt-Kentucky postgame notes

Nov. 3, 2012

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Vanderbilt-Kentucky Postgame Notes
November 3, 2012
Commonwealth Stadium - Lexington, Ky.


Pregame Notes
• Vanderbilt is in its 123rd year of organized football. 

• The Commodores wore white helmets and jerseys with black pants; marking the first time the team has worn the combination this season.
• Vanderbilt won the toss and elected to receive in the first half with Kentucky receiving the ball in the second half.
• Attendance was 44,902.

Team Notes
• For the fourth straight game Vanderbilt led 7-0 after the first quarter. The Commodores have outscored their opponents 47-29 in the first quarter this season.
• Vanderbilt led Kentucky 27-0 at the half and have outscored the Wildcats a combined 51-0 in the first half of the last two meetings.
• The Commodores' 27-0 halftime lead is the largest halftime lead over a SEC opponent since a 35-0 lead over Kentucky in 1969.
• The 40-point win is the largest margin of victory for Vanderbilt in a SEC game since the Commodores beat LSU 48-7 in 1948 and the largest margin of victory in a SEC road game since a 47-0 win over Auburn in 1948.
• The shutout victory is the second of the season for the Dores marking the first time since 1964 Vanderbilt had two shutouts in the same season (George Washington, Tennessee).
• The shutout was the first SEC shutout for Vanderbilt since blanking Kentucky 6-0 in 1968.

Individual Notes
Jordan Matthews 11-yard grab in the first quarter gave him at least one catch in 17 straight games.
• Matthews 34-yard TD reception on the opening drive of the game gave him 13 career touchdowns.
• Jordan Rodgers' eclipsed 3,000 career passing yards with his 34-yard TD pass to Matthews, which was Rodgers' 15th career TD pass.
Jared Morse's second sack of the season stopped Kentucky's opening drive and forced a missed field goal. The sack gave Morse three straight games with at least one tackle for loss.
Chris Boyd's catch in the first quarter gave him at least one catch in 17 straight games.
Wesley Tate's three-yard TD run gave him three straight games with a touchdown and matched Zac Stacy for the team lead with five rushing scores.
• Jordan Rodgers' TD pass to Chris Boyd gave Rodgers his second straight game with two TD passes. Boyd has one TD catch in two straight games and 10 for his career.
Zac Stacy matched the school record with his two-yard plunge at the end of the first half. Stacy has 26 career TDs equaling the career output of Dean Davidson (1947-50).
Brian Kimbrow's 33-yard TD run in the third quarter gave him three TDs on the season and one score in each of the last two weeks.
• Kimbrow's 33-yard run for a score was his team-best fourth rush of 30-plus yards. The freshman had runs of 74, 49 and 39 yards entering the game.
• Rodgers surpassed his season passing yards total from last year with 220 yards passing on the day giving up 1,678 yards for the season.
Carey Spear nailed a 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to establish a new career-best.
Trent Pruitt returned his first career punt in the fourth quarter.

Offensive Notes
• For the fourth time this season the Commodores took their opening drive of the game for a score (Northwestern, Presbyterian, Auburn).
• Vanderbilt's first two scoring drives of the game marked the first time since the Army game last season the Dores scored on their first two drives.
• The Commodores went 8-for-10 on 3rd down in the first half.
• Five different Commodores scored the teams first five touchdowns of the game (Matthews, Tate, Boyd, Stacy, Kimbrow).
• Vanderbilt scored 40-plus points for the second straight week and third time this season.

Defensive Notes
• Vanderbilt held UK to 5-for-17 on third downs.
• The defense held the Wildcats to 159 yards passing and 13-of-35.
• The shutout victory is the second of the season for the Dores marking the first time since 1964 Vanderbilt had two shutouts in the same season (George Washington, Tennessee).
• The shutout was the first SEC shutout for Vanderbilt since blanking Kentucky 6-0 in 1968.

Special Team Notes
• Kentucky's missed field goal in the first quarter was the first missed field goal by a Vanderbilt opponent this year.
Richard Kent pinned his 13th punt of the season inside the 20-yard line with a 41-yard boot in the second quarter.
Carey Spear's 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter was his third field goal of the season over 40 yards.

 

 

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