Extra Points: How Vanderbilt beat Kentucky

November 16, 2013 

  • Tennessee at Kentucky

    When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30

    TV: ESPNU

    Records: Kentucky 2-9 (0-7 SEC); Tennessee 4-7 (1-6)

Recapping Kentucky's 22-6 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday in Nashville:

FIRST HALF

Summary: Jojo Kemp's 2-yard touchdown dive ended a 75-yard Kentucky drive that looked like the Jalen Whitlow show. Vanderbilt blocked the extra-point attempt, and Steven Clark ran it back and it was 6-2. The UK defense started strong, then a high Whitlow screen pass went off the hands of DeMarco Robinson for a Vandy interception. Three plays later, Vandy led 9-6. Another Whitlow interception stopped a UK drive, but the Wildcats' defense held and the half ended with a Whitlow Hail Mary pass picked off near the end zone.

Halftime: Vanderbilt 9, Kentucky 6.

Thumbs up: Alvin "Bud" Dupree and the Kentucky defense came ready to play.

Thumbs down: After an impressive first drive, UK gave up two points on the extra point.

Worthy of a replay: Avery Williamson leveling the Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels on third down for a 7-yard loss.

SECOND HALF

Summary: Kentucky started its opening drive of the second half at its own 24 and ended at its own 9 after two penalties and a fumbled snap. The UK defense responded again, stopping Vanderbilt on fourth-and-6. Robinson had a 20-yard run and a 17-yard reception but UK came up empty on a fake field goal. Vandy threatened but missed a 35-yard field goal attempt. An 18-yard Whitlow run got UK to the Vandy 37 but, again, no points. A Vandy field goal made it 12-6 with 13 minutes left, another made it 15-6 with 7:14 left. Vandy added a touchdown in the final minute.

Final: Vanderbilt 22, Kentucky 6.

Thumbs up: The UK defense did everything but score points.

Thumbs down: In the second half, UK's offense could not move the ball and kept committing penalties.

Worthy of a replay: Fred Tiller's open field, fourth down tackle of Jordan Matthews.

TALKING POINTS

■ Kentucky's offense needs lots of help everywhere.

■ For the second straight week, UK special teams were terrible.

■ Kentucky came out strong and won the line of scrimmage in the first half, yet trailed 9-6.

■ How do you start a half with a delay-of-game penalty?

■ The Vanderbilt offense did little to earn a win; the Kentucky offense even less.

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

■ Vanderbilt totaled 18 yards on its first three drives.

■ Jalen Whitlow had been intercepted once all year and not since the Louisville game. Vandy picked him off four times.

■ First half: UK 169 yards, 12 first downs, 109 rushing yards. Vandy 79 yards, four first downs, 28 rushing yards.

■ Vandy receiver Jordan Matthews gained 127 yards in the second half; the UK offense 93.

LOOKING AHEAD

Kentucky goes to Georgia, where it is 4-26-2 all-time.

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