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By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jordan Rodgers tossed a pair of touchdown passes at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday afternoon and the Vanderbilt Commodores notched a 40-0 road win at Kentucky. The win marked number three on the year for Vandy in conference play and pushed the Commodores (5-4, 3-3 SEC) over .500 for the season.
Rodgers opened the game with a 34-yard touchdown pass to wide-out Jordan Matthews on Vanderbilt’s opening drive, and finished with 220 yards through the air. Wesley Tate, one of three Commodore running backs to find the end zone on the afternoon, added another score early in the second quarter from three yards out, which Zac Stacy followed up with a two-yard score of his own. Wesley Tate also found the end zone for Vandy on the ground, finishing with 44 yards on 11 carries.
Vandy went in to the locker room in complete control, holding a 27-0 advantage over the Wildcats (1-9, 0-7). The Vanderbilt offense finished the afternoon with 224 rushing yards overall and salted away the clock in the second half.
Kentucky was able to find moderate success on the ground, picking up 105 rushing yards against the Vanderbilt defense, but was unable to crack into the end zone. Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles each saw playing time for the Wildcats but were only able to muster a combined 35 yards through the air on 13 completions.
For the game, Vandy outgained Kentucky by a final tally of 444-259.
Passing – Patrick Towles, 8-for-23, 88 yards
Rushing – Jonathan Georga, 14 car, 44 yards
Receiving – A.J. Legree, 3 rec, 47 yards
Passing – Jordan Rodgers, 19-for-29, 220 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing – Zac Stacy, 11 car, 69 yards, TD
Receiving – Chris Boy, 6 rec, 81 yards, TD
· With his rushing touchdown on Saturday, Vandy running back Zac Stacy is now tied for the Commodores all-time record with 26 (Dean Davidson, 1947-1950).
· Kentucky is now 8-7 all-time in games played on November 3rd.
· James Franklin now has 11 wins in his first two seasons as head coach at Vanderbilt, becoming the first coach to register 10-plus wins in his first two years in Nashville since Steve Sloan in 1973-1974.