POSTGAME NOTES: Kentucky Improves To 7-3 After Impressive Win Over Vanderbilt Saturday
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KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES
Kentucky at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
Nov. 11, 2017
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 44, Vanderbilt 21
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 7-3 overall, 4-3 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt is 4-6, 0-6 in the league.
Kentucky leads the series 44-42-4.
Vanderbilt leads the series 27-20-2 in Nashville.
The Wildcats will return to action on Nov. 18 at Georgia. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on CBS.
The win moved Kentucky to a 14-6 record over the last 20 regular-season games.
This marks the first time UK has accomplished this feat since 2006-08, when the Wildcats went 15-6 over a 21-game stretch.
UK has won seven of its last 12 SEC games. This is the best stretch since the 1998-99 seasons.
Kentucky has won three road games this season, first time that has happened since 2009.
Kentucky scored a season-high 44 points.
Kentucky scored on six straight possessions, a season best.
Kentucky rushed for 232 yards, the Wildcats third straight game over 200.
Kentucky intercepted four passes, first time that has happened since four pickoffs vs. Western Kentucky in 2011.
UK had gone three games without a takeaway.
UK is now +5 on turnovers for the season.
Kentucky had five quarterback sacks during the game. The Wildcats have collected 15 sacks over the last three games.
Kentucky limited Vanderbilt to 60 net rushing yards, the sixth time this season UK has held the opponent under 100.
UK’s game captains were OG Nick Haynes, QB Stephen Johnson, LB Courtney Love and S Mike Edwards. They have been game captains every game this season.
Senior quarterback Stephen Johnson completed 13 of 17 passes for 195 yards. He also rushed nine times for a net 44 yards.
Sophomore running back Benny Snell (pictured, No. 26) rushed 17 times for 116 yards and three touchdowns.
Snell now has 2,104 rushing yards as a Wildcat and became the ninth player in school history to reach 2,000 in his career.
Snell has 1,013 rushing yards this season. He is the first player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. He ran for 1,091 last year.
Snell now has 28 rushing touchdowns as a Wildcat, breaking the career record of 26 by Sonny Collins and Moe Williams.
It is his sixth 100-yard game of the season and 11th of his career.
It is his third consecutive game over 100 yards. He also accomplished that feat last season in three straight games.
Junior running back Sihiem King rushed 15 times and 69 yards and a career-high two touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver Garrett “Juice” Johnson caught six passes for 76 yards.
Johnson now has 2,104 receiving yards as a Wildcat, becoming the fourth player in school history – also Craig Yeast, Keenan Burton, Derek Abney – to reach 2,000 in his career.
Johnson has 149 career catches, moving past Randall Cobb (143) for fifth place on the UK career reception list.
He has caught a pass in 21 consecutive games.
Freshman wide receiver Lynn Bowden (pictured, No. 1) weaved his way 93 yards for a kickoff return in the third quarter, taking the ball to the six-yard line to set up a Benny Snell touchdown run. It was UK’s longest kickoff return since 2009.
Bowden also caught three passes for a career-high 79 yards.
He led the Wildcats tonight with 192 all-purpose yards.
Junior safety Mike Edwards picked off a pass in the second quarter, his fourth interception of the season and eighth of his career.
Edwards, linebacker Jordan Jones and cornerback Davonte Robinson tied for the team lead in tackles with five stops each.
Senior defensive end Denzil Ware caught a pass batted by junior defensive tackle Adrian Middleton for the first interception of Ware’s career.
Ware also notched two of UK’s five quarterback sacks. That tied his career high of two sacks.
Junior cornerback Derrick Baity (pictured, No. 8) got an interception, his second of the season and fifth of his career, and returned it 45 yards.
Sophomore cornerback Jordan Griffin nabbed his first career interception on VU’s final possession.
Senior kicker Austin MacGinnis made field goals of 42, 40 and 39 yards.
He is now 18 of 23 on field goals for the season.
He improved his UK career scoring record to 342 total points.