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Kentucky Holds On, Beats Vanderbilt 20-13

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After dominating the line of scrimmage in the first half, scoring 17 points and rushing for 142 yards, the Kentucky football team almost let too many opportunities squander away in the second half.  Almost.

Boom Williams’ fumble to start the third quarter was scooped and scored, setting off a sequence of five penalties and two turnovers in four plays, the latter a Stephen Johnson interception.  But that wasn’t the end of it.

Kentucky football “Kentucky footballed” even harder after a muffed punt.  Eli Brown setup a score in the first half on a muffed punt, but this time it didn’t go so well.  J.D. Harmon could have picked up the muffed punt and walked into the end zone.  Instead, four Wildcats kicked it around until a Commodore eventually fell on it.

Trailing 17-10, Vanderbilt marched 85-yards down the field, but Kentucky stood strong.  As Mark Stoops ran down the sideline to call a timeout, Kyle Shurmur’s third down pass fell incomplete, leading to a chip shot field goal.

UK needed one more defensive stop to put the ball back in Benny Snell’s hands.  Snell and Jojo Kemp iced the game with a 13-play, 56-yard drive that chewed up 6:20 of clock (or at least we thought they did).

Vanderbilt had to go 72 yards with 1:38 left and no timeouts to tie the game with a touchdown.  It seemed impossible, but they almost did it.  A dropped pass in the end zone with 12 seconds left was Vanderbilt’s last good look to tie the game.

A win’s a win, but good grief Kentucky football, good grief.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 Comments for Kentucky Holds On, Beats Vanderbilt 20-13

  1. hal9944
    7:36 pm October 8, 2016 Permalink

    20-10, Then why was i a wreck on that final Vandy drive?!?

  2. LeitchfieldAlex
    7:54 pm October 8, 2016 Permalink

    Yea I agree we should of won at least 20-10 maybe 20-3 or 20-6. But a win is a win we r not going to beat many teams maybe we’ll get better if Drew comes back soon. I’ll give Steven cuddo for what he has done tho. I’m still on Chester’s team! Go Blue!!!!

    • CATandMONKEY
      8:02 pm October 8, 2016 Permalink

      Sorry, Drew did absolutely nothing prior to his injury to show anyone that he should be given the keys.

      We won but dear lord, we are SO Kentucky Football.
      Cats won the game. Keep it up guys, find a way to win EVERY winnable game.

  3. Mathlete
    8:05 pm October 8, 2016 Permalink

    Loved the mental toughness most of the team showed tonight. There were notable exceptions but for the most part the team showed the grit I was sincerely hoping they’d find. Maybe there’s hope for them yet? Time will tell, but Miss State looks baaaaad this year, Austin Peay is a probable W, and maybe we find a way at Mizzou or sneak up on someone else?

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but are we seeing this team starting to turn a corner?

    • cats paw
      8:23 pm October 8, 2016 Permalink

      lord help you!!! we had a last second win against the worse team in the conference on our home field and you are seeing the corner turned? you are seeing tge EXACT same thing you have witnessed for 4 yrs…. i bet you can clearly see the Vandy program is headed no where with their coach but refuse to see it in your own team

    • Mathlete
      10:03 pm October 8, 2016 Permalink

      We aren’t a great team, I have no illusions about that, but we executed on defense and ran the ball well against a good defense.

      Our offense gave up points and a lot of field position, but they did just enough to not lose. All things considered, I’ll take it right now.

      Defense played well until they were gassed in the 4th quarter from playing pretty much the whole time. Other than that it’s hard to find a lot of fault with their performance.

      Special teams had a couple of miscues that need to be cleaned up, but they did just enough to win

  4. JusSayin
    8:10 pm October 8, 2016 Permalink

    We are so fickle sometimes. We want to bench Drew after a good drive from Johnson. Johnson has a couple of bad games against good defenses now we forget how pedestrian drew was.

    The fact of the matter is we dont have a good QB on the roster. We have to find a way to make what we have work.

  5. Lip Man 1
    8:41 pm October 8, 2016 Permalink

    Even when they win they look like they lost. Worst thing for this UK team is to be leading at the half because as soon as the second half kickoff begins they go to sleep.

  6. AGSlater
    8:54 pm October 8, 2016 Permalink

    Good win. Stoops needed that one. Our QB situation is bad. Johnson can’t make even simple throws.Its gonna take a small miracle to make a bowl, but a win is nice.

  7. BluKudzu
    10:54 pm October 8, 2016 Permalink

    I have to say, Barnhart is either a complete genious, or an absolute idiot.
    If the money, he has spent in facilities, upgrades and coaches salaries, for this mess we have had, for the last 4 years, does not send a signal to coaches across the nation, telling everyone we have money to spend if you come here, and your lifestyle will be awesome at 8-4 or 7-5, does not generate interest from the elite, nothing will.
    However, if he is viewed as a total idiot, different story.
    I am hoping this Stoops deal works out, I really do. But should it not, great coaches are out there, the cash is here, this just might show others we ARE Serious about football.

  8. Unboltedharp
    11:12 pm October 8, 2016 Permalink

    This Vandy team is not the doormat everyone seems to think it is. They gave Florida everything they wanted and almost won. They almost won tonight. KY is improving despite your whinning posts. Are they a great team? No not yet, but they are getting better each game. Our QB is very over whelmed right now playing at this level. Barker is not the solution either. It takes a team and fan total effort to win games. Get behind the team and coaches or shut up and go away. Positive attitudes are what is needed to return this program to it’s winning ways. If you don’t believe that, then go find Joker in whatever pit he’s in and stay there.

    • It was me Stoops the whole time
      11:25 am October 9, 2016 Permalink

      Haha winning ways? When were those? Southern Miss just got blasted by Texas San Antonio yesterday. Vandy is a doormat. The only notable thing about them and South Carolina is that there offenses are worse than UK’s. I give them credit for winning without a QB but Stoops might want to get on recruiting a marginal one since you know that is a big part of his job.

  9. BluKudzu
    12:13 am October 9, 2016 Permalink

    Stoops needs more time. We are young. Joker killed the program because he left the cupboards bare. Petrino is a bad man.
    Typical and total BS.

  10. Biscuits Old Dad
    2:11 pm October 9, 2016 Permalink

    Harmon could NOT have “picked up a muffed punt and walked into the endzone”. You can’t advance a muffed punt. Kentucky would have had the ball inside the 5, true, but if you’re going to write about football you should at least know the rules.

    • Dolfan66r
      3:32 pm October 10, 2016 Permalink

      Was the ball ever possessed by the return team? If it was then it can be returned. If it was merely touched then it is placed where the kicking team first possessed it