Recapping Kentucky's 17-7 win over Vanderbilt:
Summary: There was some concern UK would come out flat. Instead, quarterback Patrick Towles came out sharp. UK's opening drive started at its own 1-yard line and finished with a 20-yard TD pass to Ryan Timmons. Towles completed all nine passes on the drive, to seven different receivers. But the big play by Towles came with his legs — a 21-yard pickup on third-and-11. Vandy had a nice drive to the UK 27 early in the second quarter, but a couple of sacks stopped that. A Towles mistake followed — Darrius Sims picked off his pass and ran it in 13 yards for a 7-7 tie. After an Austin MacGinnis field goal made it 10-7, Towles scored on a sneak from 1-yard out to close the half.
Halftime score: Kentucky 17, Vanderbilt 7
Thumbs up: The defensive pressure Alvin "Bud" Dupree and teammates put on Vandy quarterback Wade Freebeck.
Thumbs down: The pick-six was the only blemish.
Summary: Perhaps secure in the ability of the defense to stop Vandy, the UK offense bogged down. Its first seven plays were rushes. Neither team seriously threatened in the third quarter. After UK failed to convert a fourth-and-1 at the Vandy 34, UK stopped a Vandy drive when Marcus McWilson tipped a Freebeck pass in the air and intercepted it on fourth down. Following a Towles fumble at his own 46, UK's A.J. Stamps picked off a Freebeck pass. The Cats kept giving Vandy chances. DeMarco Robinson muffed a punt at the UK 35. This time Ashely Lowery picked off Freebeck. UK ran out the time with JoJo Kemp running out of the Wildcat formation.
Final score: Kentucky 17, Vanderbilt 7
Thumbs up: You got the feeling they could have played until Sunday and Vandy could not have scored against the UK defense.
Thumbs down: UK's offense and special teams did little to help seal this one.