Five takeaways from the win.
One for each touchdown…
It was a shut-up game for Mark Stoops.
Mark Stoops and his staff took a lot of criticism over the past week after dropping a game they should’ve won against Ole Miss. Their response was the 44-21 beating against Vanderbilt in a must-win game to keep the excitement alive in the regular season.
Earlier in the week I wrote in length about the importance of this game, which you can read here; if you saw it the same way, you must be thrilled by how the team came out and dominated on the road with the season on the line.
It feels good to smile again after the Ole Miss disappointment. Enjoy it.
Kentucky is 7-3.
BRING ON GEOR… Just kidding.
Vanderbilt played Grove St. Party.
The in-game stadium music included not one, not two, but three plays of Grove St. Party, and Kentucky took advantage of the playing of its own theme song. The first time we heard it, Kentucky intercepted a pass on the very next play. Vandy didn’t learn and then played it again, only to see Lynn Bowden return a kick 93 yards.
Do your homework, Vandy. And fire your DJ.
The rushing attack was phenomenal.
Benny Snell, 116 yards and three touchdowns. Sihiem King, 69 yards and two touchdowns. Stephen Johnson, 44 yards and some big third down runs. As a team, 232 yards and all five Kentucky scores.
What a game by the rushing attack, and let’s not praise it without giving love to the offensive line. The O-line opened up the gaps for the backs to make plays, and while we celebrate Benny Snell’s new record, we’d be remiss to not commend the guys who blocked for him. Drake Jackson, you’re the man. Things have been much better since the staff went to him midway through the season. He has been a silent MVP.
The defense forced Kyle Shurmur into four interceptions.
The safest hand in the SEC matched his season total in interceptions in the game and then some, throwing four picks against the Wildcat defense. Shurmur had only thrown three all year coming into the game, which tells you how big it was to get the takeaways.
For Kentucky, the secondary snapped its four-game draught without an interception, so that’s awesome.
Blue GOT IN.
The city of Nashville calls it the Big Blue Mist, and it took over the city and the stadium on Saturday. The attendance was announced at 27,345, and about 27,325 of those people were Kentucky fans.