Kentucky did not let the last-second loss to Ole Miss linger. After surrendering an early touchdown to Ralph Webb, the Cats responded by scoring 34 unanswered points behind a powerful rushing attack and an opportunistic defense.
The Kentucky offense dominated the line of scrimmage to rack up 232 yards on five yards per carry. Benny Snell surpassed 1,000 yards in 2017 and set the school’s rushing touchdown record with 116 yards and three touchdowns. Sihiem King added two more scores and 69 rushing yards.
On defense, the secondary was picked apart all week by critics. Today they picked apart Kyle Shurmur.
Shurmur threw three interceptions through the first nine games of the season. Tonight Kentucky picked off Shurmur four times, with three in the first half. Denzil Ware snagged a tipped pass, Mike Edwards jumped a route and Derrick Baity flipped the field to setup a score with a 45-yard interception return. Jordan Griffin ended the game with an interception in the final minute.
The secondary was helped by the Kentucky pass rush. Entering tonight’s game, Vanderbilt was fourth in the conference by allowing just 11 sacks through nine games. Kentucky pressured Shurmur all night, sacking him five times, led by Denzil Ware’s two sacks.
The 2017 Kentucky football season has been filled with high-pressured heartache. Tonight the Cats gave the fans a nice, easy, good ole-fashioned blowout to become 7-3. Enjoy it.