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Vanderbilt-Kentucky postgame notes

Nov. 12, 2011

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Vanderbilt-Kentucky Postgame Notes
November 12, 2011 Nashville, Tenn.


Pregame Notes
• Vanderbilt is in its 122nd year of organized football.
• The Commodores wore black pants with gold tops and black helmets for the first time this season.
• Kentucky won the toss and deferred to the second half.
• At kickoff the temperature was 59 degrees with a cold wind.
• The attendance was 33,718.
• The matchup between James Franklin and Joker Phillips marked the first meeting between African-American head coaches in SEC history.
• Vanderbilt sophomore Nick Aguirre performed the National Anthem.

Team Notes
• Vanderbilt moves to 5-5 on the season and stands at 2-5 in conference play.
• The Commodores improve to 39-41-1 in the series against the Wildcats.
• This marked the largest margin of victory against Kentucky since the Commodores beat the Wildcats 42-6 on November 8, 1969.
• Vanderbilt's 38 points are the most against an SEC opponent since hanging 43 on Kentucky on November 12, 2005 at home.
• The 30-point margin of victory is the largest against an SEC opponent since beating Mississippi State 49-19 on November 25, 1971.
• Vanderbilt outgained Kentucky by 199 yards (410-211), the most the Commodores have outgained an SEC opponent this season.
• The Commodores have scored first in six contests this season and have held opponents scoreless in the first quarter in six games as well.
• Vanderbilt has outscored opponents 51-23 in the first quarter this season and has only trailed once heading into the second quarter.
• Vanderbilt's 24-point halftime lead marks the largest over an SEC opponent in three decades.
• Since the BCS was adopted in 1998, the 24-point halftime lead marked the largest over a BCS-Conference opponent.
• This marked the largest half time lead of the year, topping the 21-point halftime lead against Ole Miss.
• The halftime lead was the biggest since going up 31-3 at the break against Eastern Michigan last season.
• Vanderbilt has forced a turnover in five consecutive games.
• After getting a first down on 4 and 1, Vanderbilt has now attempted a fourth-down in five-straight games and converted three games in a row.

Individual Notes
• Redshirt-sophomore Wesley Johnson has now played all three positions on the offensive line after starting at left guard today. He has played five games at center and four games at left tackle.
Zac Stacy moved ahead of Kwane Doster for 12th all-time on the career rushing list with his 135 yards on the day. Stacy now has 1,700 yards for his career.
• Stacy also moves to fifth on the single-season rushing list with 891 yards, surpassing Warren Norman, Kwane Doster, Frank Mordica, Doug Matthews, and Jermaine Johnson.
Zac Stacy scored his seventh touchdown of the year to open up the game after the offense took over on Kentucky's 3-yard line following the Wildcats' mishandled punt.
• Stacy punched it in from eight yards out late in the second quarter to give him eight rushing touchdowns on the year - a team high, putting him fourth in the SEC and giving him his second multi-rushing touchdown game of the season.
• Stacy's 135 yards gives him four games with over 100 yards this season, making him the first Commodore to have four 100-yard games since Kwane Doster accomplished the feat in 2002.
• Stacy ended the game with three rushing touchdowns, the second time in his career he has scored thrice, with the last game being against Army this season.
• Tight end Austin Monahan grabbed a career-long, 23-yard reception late in the first quarter.
Jordan Rodgers went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season on his completion to Monahan.
• Rodgers's interception late in the first quarter broke a streak of 56-consecutive passes without an interception.
• For the fourth consecutive game - every game he has started this season - Rodgers tossed a touchdown pass after hitting Boyd on a 14-yard strike.
Chris Boyd's TD reception from Rodgers marked a team-high six receiving touchdowns.
Jordan Matthews reached the 100-yard receiving mark for the third consecutive game, becoming the first player to have three in a row since Dan Striker reached the feat in 2000.
• Matthews's 49-yard reception marked a career-high, topping his previous best by one yard.
Chris Marve moved to 10th on the all-time career tackles list after recording seven on the day, surpassing Jamie Winborn.
• Marve moved into eighth place for tackles-for-loss with a total of 28.
Archibald Barnes forced his second fumble of the season when he knocked the ball loose from Kentucky kick returner Mychal Bailey late in the second quarter.
Steven Clarke recovered Barnes's forced fumble, marking the second game in a row he has grabbed a loose ball.
• Barnes sacked Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith for a loss of eight yards, his second sack of the year.
Tim Fugger recorded his sixth sack of the season and 10th of his career.
Ryan Fowler made his first field goal of the season on a 32-yard boot with 39 seconds remaining in the first half.

Defense
• Vanderbilt held Kentucky to 211 yards of total offense, the least amount an SEC opponent has had against the Commodores this season.
• The defense held Kentucky to 32 yards rushing, the lowest of the season and least amount an opposing offense has had since Arkansas only rushed for 72 yards.
• Vanderbilt held the Kentucky offense to 0-for-12 on third down conversions, the first time this season the Commodores have stopped an opponent on every third down.

Offense
• The offense has recorded a scoring drive of at least 10 plays in five consecutive games after going 86 yards on 11 plays to begin the second quarter.
• The Commodores rushed for over 200 yards for the fifth time this season and now have averaged 250 yards rushing at home in the past five games.
• Vanderbilt has rushed for over 200 yards against every SEC opponent at home this year.
• Vanderbilt has rushed for over 100 yards in every home game this season.
• The 28 first downs are a season high, topping the previous best of 25 set against Army.

Special Teams
Richard Kent ended Vanderbilt's first drive with a 38-yard punt that landed on the Kentucky 8-yard line.
• Kentucky punter Ryan Tydlacka mishandled the snap on his first punt of the game and was tackled by Udom Umoh on the 3-yard line for a turnover-on-downs.

 

 

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