How Vanderbilt beat Kentucky: Quarter by quarter

November 3, 2012 

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Vandy wide receiver Josh Grady, left, congratulates wide receiver Jordan Matthews after he scored a touchdown in the first quarter. The University of Kentucky Football team hosted Vanderbilt, Saturday, Nov. 03, 2012 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington. Photo by Jonathan Palmer

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How Vanderbilt beat Kentucky on Saturday, quarter by quarter:

FIRST QUARTER

Summary: On a gloomy day, Commonwealth Stadium was mostly empty. Vandy opened with a 71-yard drive, finished with a 34-yard TD pass on fourth-and-5. UK's first drive ate up 7:10 and ended with a sack and missed field goal. That was UK's only possession of the quarter as Vandy marched to the Kentucky 8 to end the period.

Thumbs up: Senior Aaron Boyd, who had one catch in the previous six games, had two for 29 yards.

Thumbs down: The crowd did not show up and neither did the Kentucky defense.

SECOND QUARTER

Summary: Two plays into the quarter, Vandy led 14-0. Vandy made it 21-0 on a third-and-5 TD pass for 30 yards. Vandy (which entered the game 13th in the SEC, converting 29 percent on third down) converte eight of 10 in the half. UK freshman QB Patrick Towles entered the game with UK down 21-0. Vandy was in UK territory every time it had the ball and scored again with 38 seconds left.

Thumbs up: Jalen Whitlow (5-for-8) made some nice throws.

Thumbs down: UK's special teams were terrible.

THIRD QUARTER

Summary: Vandy's Brian Kimbrow went untouched for 33 yards and it was 34-0. UK finally stopped Vandy — or Vandy stopped Vandy — when it fumbled. UK could not capitalize. Then, following an Ashely Lowery interception, UK reached the Vandy 5, but again failed to get in. Whitlow started the quarter and Towles finished it.

Thumbs up: The sun came out.

Thumbs down: It's almost understandable, but for the first time this year, UK looked like it had given up.

FOURTH QUARTER

Summary: The only question was if UK would suffer its worst loss ever to Vandy: 50-0 in 1897. Vandy starting QB Jordan Rodgers (brother of Packers great Aaron) played until midway into the final quarter and kept throwing. Vandy added a couple of late field goals, making it UK's worst loss to Vandy since 45-0 in 1916. Vandy has outscored UK 78-8 the past two years.

Thumbs up: There is no game next week.

Thumbs down: There are two games remaining.

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