Nov. 16, 2013
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Vanderbilt - Kentucky Postgame Notes
November 16, 2013
Vanderbilt is in its 124th year of organized football.
The Commodores wore black helmets, black jerseys and white pants for the first time this season.
Kentucky won the toss and deferred to the second half, Vanderbilt received the ball in the first half.
Attendance was 33,488.
Vanderbilt captains for the game were Jordan Matthews, Javon Marshall, Carey Spear and Andre Hal.
Vanderbilt played Kentucky for the 86th time on Saturday, the Commodores' third-most played opponent. VU has only played Tennessee (107 games) and Ole Miss (87 games) more.
Saturday's meeting between Vandy and Kentucky pitted the top two teams in the nation for fourth down conversions in the nation. UK had 16 fourth down conversions entering the game and the Dores had 14 conversions.
Vanderbilt outscored Kentucky in the first quarter, marking the fifth time this season the `Dores have held the advantage after the first 15 minutes.
With the victory Vanderbilt tied the all-time series at 41-41-4 and has now won three straight games.
Austyn Carta-Samuels saw his first action since suffering an injury against Georgia.
Wesley Johnson started his 48th game, tying Chris Marve and Brian Stamper for the all-time Vanderbilt record for career starts.
Andre Hal picked up his second interception of the season in the first quarter. He had his first pick of the year last week at Florida.
Brian Kimbrow recorded his first touchdown since week two, on a 21-yard run at the end of the first quarter.
Taylor Hudson's 69-yard punt in the second quarter was the second longest of his career.
Jordan Matthew's has extended his streak of at least one catch to 31 games.
Paris Head picked up his first career interception in the second quarter.
Andrew Williamson has recorded an interception in back-to-back weeks.
Jordan Matthew's became the first Commodore receiver to have two career 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He finished Saturday with 141 yards, giving him 1,076 yards this season.
Trent Pruitt picked up his third reception of the season on a 17-yard grab in the third.
Jerron Seymour has tallied at least 50-yard rushing in his last seven games.
With 141 yards against Kentucky, Jordan Matthews extended his SEC record with 16 career 100 yard games.
Jordan Matthews finished with a career-high 12 catches.
Trey Wilkins picked up his second-career catch, first for positive yards.
Carey Spear hit two field goals from 26 and 38 yards, marking his second straight game with two field goals.
Kenny Ladler's fourth quarter interception is his third in as many weeks, and eighth of his career.
Patton Robinette tossed his second career TD pass to Kris Kentera in the fourth quarter for Kentera's second career TD catch.
Kenny Ladler led the defense with eight tackles.
Adam Butler matched his career-best with two tackles for loss.
Vandy has recorded at least one rushing touchdown in each game this season.
Vanderbilt was held scoreless in the second quarter for the first time this season.
The `Dores only managed 79 first half yards, 28 on the ground and 51 in the air.
Vanderbilt didn't score in either the second or the third quarters, marking the second time this season the `Dores were held scoreless in consecutive quarters.
After gaining 79 yards in the first half, Vandy surpassed that number in the third quarter alone with 93 yards.
The Commodores went 3-for-4 in the red zone in the game to improve to 39-for-44 for the season.
Vanderbilt outgained Kentucky 141 yards to 16 yards in the fourth quarter holding the ball for 10:51.
The Commodores have now intercepted at least one pass in the past four games and at least three in two-consecutive weeks.
Vandy picked off Kentucky a season-high four times, the Wildcats had thrown just two interceptions all season prior to coming to Nashville.
Vandy has totaled 18 takeaways in the past four games, including Saturday's four.
Vanderbilt held UK to 120 yards passing on the day for their fourth game this season holding opponents under 150 yards passing.
The Dores held the Wildcats to 93 yards of total offense in the second half giving up just five first downs.
Special Teams Notes
Vanderbilt blocked its first PAT since 2011 against Tennessee. Adam Butler had the block and Steven Clarke ran it back for a 2-point score.
Carey Spear converted two field goals from 26-yards and 38-yards, making it four-straight games with a FG and two-straight with at least two.