Kentucky Beats Vandy: Bowl Eligible

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Randall Cobb ran for a career-high 170

yards and two touchdowns as Kentucky surged past Vanderbilt 38-20

on Saturday.

Cobb had touchdown runs of 5 and 73 yards to help the Wildcats

(6-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) become bowl eligible for the

fifth straight season. He finished with 279 total yards, breaking

the school record for all-purpose yards in a single season in the


Derrick Locke ran for 145 yards and two scores in his first game

in a month and quarterback Mike Hartline threw for 232 yards and a

touchdown in his final home game.

Kennard Reeves rushed for a career-high 105 yards for the

Commodores (2-8, 1-6), but Vanderbilt couldn't make a 13-10

halftime lead stand up.

Cobb made sure of that. The junior said earlier in the week

he'll gauge his NFL prospects before deciding whether to return to

school next fall.

He made a pretty compelling case for the pro scouts in

attendance, showcasing why he's become one of the nation's most

versatile and valuable players.

The Wildcats certainly needed it after slogging through another

uninspired first half.

The defense struggled to keep the SEC's worst offense in check

and the offense looked sporadic even with Locke's return to the

lineup after missing four games with a shoulder injury.

Vanderbilt had no such problems. The Commodores rolled 242 yards

in the first 30 minutes, heady territory for a team that averages

just 267 yards a game.

Reeves, thrust into a starting role due to a myriad of injuries,

found gaping holes to run through and wide receiver Jonathan Krause

made a couple of big plays to keep the Wildcats on their heels.

Yet Kentucky, as it has done most of the season, gathered itself

at halftime and turned to Cobb to get things moving in the right


He lined up at quarterback in the WildCobb formation on

Kentucky's first possession of the half, took the snap, ran to his

left then cut back to his right to race 73 yards for a touchdown to

give the Wildcats the lead.

Cobb was at it again two possessions later, taking the snap and

retreating 10 yards before somehow weaving his way through the

Vanderbilt defense for a 52-yard gain.

Locke's 1-yard touchdown dive four plays later put Kentucky up

24-13, and the Wildcats poured it on.

Hartline hit a wide-open Chris Matthews for a 55-yard score and

Locke finished the Commodores off with an 83-yard touchdown run.

The victory takes some of the pressure off the Wildcats heading

into their season finale at Tennessee in two weeks. Kentucky hasn't

beaten the Volunteers in more than a quarter century, and coach

Joker Phillips acknowledged it was important for his team to become

bowl eligible before heading to Knoxville.

Kentucky outgained Vanderbilt 370-158 in the second half to beat

the Commodores for the sixth time in the last seven meetings.

The rivalry has been one-sided in recent years, but that doesn't

mean it hasn't been heated. This time was no different. The team

combined for 16 penalties and a handful of skirmishes. Kentucky

cornerback Martavius Neloms and Vanderbilt's Udom Umoh were ejected

in the fourth quarter after trading punches.

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