Kentucky Football Postgame Notes
Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020
Kroger Field – Lexington, Ky.
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 38, Vanderbilt 35
Team Records and Series Information
- Kentucky is 3-4 and Vanderbilt is 0-6.
- Kentucky leads the series 47-42-4 and has won five in a row.
- It’s the longest win streak vs. VU since winning six in a row from 1976-81.
- UK has won four games in a row vs. VU in Lexington, longest home win streak vs. the Commodores since four in a row from 1984-90.
- Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats play at Alabama on Saturday at 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. CST in Tuscaloosa) and it will be televised on the SEC Network.
- Note that the SEC can change each week’s schedule until Monday at 9 p.m.
- The team honored assistant coach John Schlarman, who died Thursday, by wearing a black sticker on their helmets with the initials “JS” in white letters.
- Senior offensive tackle Landon Young wore jersey number 65, Schlarman’s number at UK. (photo above)
- On the first offensive play, UK took a delay of game penalty, graciously declined by Vanderbilt, as Young took the field wearing Schlarman’s jersey.
- Coach Mark Stoops posted his 47th win today, tying Fran Curci for second place in UK history.
- This was Coach Stoops’ 34th home win, breaking the school record of 33 by Paul “Bear” Bryant.
- This was Coach Stoops’ 23rd SEC win, moving into sole possession of second place in UK history. Curci has the mark with 25 league wins.
- Since 2016, UK is 14-7 in games decided by seven points or fewer.
- Kentucky scored on its first five offensive possessions, extending into the third quarter.
- Kentucky had 458 yards of total offense, averaging 8.3 per offensive play.
- That’s the highest average vs. an SEC opponent since averaging 8.7 yards per play vs. Vanderbilt in 2010.
- Kentucky had 308 rushing yards today, averaging 8.8 per attempt, and did not lose yardage on any rushing play.
- Kentucky has had a 100-yard rusher vs. Vanderbilt for four straight seasons, first time that has happened since 1981-84.
- UK had three players (Jamin Davis, Marquez Bembry and Yusuf Corker) with at least 10 tackles, first time vs. a Football Bowl Series opponent since 2014 at LSU.
- UK scored 38 points against Vanderbilt in both 2019 and ’20, first time to tally that many in consecutive seasons vs. an SEC opponent since against VU in 2005 and ’06.
- UK’s game captain was senior offensive tackle Landon Young. See note above for more on Young.
- Senior quarterback Terry Wilson completed 13 of 15 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
- He completed 86.7 percent, second-best single game completion percentage in school history (min. 10 completions).
- He also rushed seven times for 83 yards, including a 32-yard TD run and a 27-yard scramble on 3rd-and-26 late in the first half that set up a field goal.
- This was the third game of his career with at least two passing TDs and one rushing TD.
- UK scored on six (five TDs, one field goal) of the seven possessions he played.
- On the seven possessions he played, UK averaged 9.1 yards per play.
- Now has 925 career rushing yards, most for any UK quarterback with at least 1,700 career passing yards.
- Sophomore running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed 13 times for a career-high 149 yards and a career-high-tying two touchdowns.
- TDs included a three-yard run in the third quarter and a career-long 74-yard jaunt in the fourth quarter. The 74-yarder is longest by a UK player vs. Vanderbilt since Derrick Locke’s 83-yarder in 2010.
- He averaged 11.5 yards per attempt, best for a UK rusher against an SEC opponent (min. 10 carries) since Randall Cobb averaged 17 yards (10 for 170) vs. Vanderbilt in 2010.
- It is his third 100-yard game of the season and fifth of his career.
- He has two 100-yard games vs. Vanderbilt, also 129 yards last season.
- Now has 1,138 career rushing yards, the 39th player in school history to reach 1,000 career yards.
- He wore uniform number 22 today in honor of teammate Chris Oats, who is dealing with a serious medical condition.
- True freshman quarterback Beau Allen saw his first varsity action. He completed 3 of 5 passes for 40 yards.
- Senior running back A.J. Rose gained 49 yards on only seven carries, averaging 7.0 yards per attempt.
- Rose now has 1,596 career rushing yards, needs 13 to tie Steve Campassi for 18th place in school history.
- Redshirt freshman wide receiver DeMarcus Harris tied his career high with four catches and had a career-best 33 yards.
- Senior wide receiver Josh Ali caught three passes for 15 yards.
- He also returned two punts for 38 yards, including a career-long 39-yard return in the third quarter that set up a short touchdown drive.
- Senior tight end Justin Rigg caught a 15-yard touchdown pass on UK’s first offensive possession, his first career TD reception. (It is his second career TD after a fumble recovery for a score last season.)
- Sophomore tight end Keaton Upshaw had a 21-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, his second of the season and third of his career.
- Playing his first game since 2018, junior wide receiver Isaiah Epps caught one pass for eight yards.
- Junior linebacker Jamin Davis had a career-high 15 tackles, his fifth consecutive game with double-figure stops.
- He also had a one-yard tackle for loss. It is his second-straight game to set a career best, as he had 13 stops vs. Georgia.
- The last Wildcat with five-consecutive double-figure tackle games was Danny Trevathan, who had nine straight in 2010.
- Making his first collegiate start, junior linebacker Marquez Bembry had a career-high 10 tackles.
- Junior safety Yusuf Corker had 10 tackles, the third double-figure game of his career.
- Senior linebacker Boogie Watson had two tackles and shared a quarterback sack with Josh Paschal.
- Watson has 17 career sacks, nearing Jeremy Jarmon’s 17.5 sacks for fifth place in school history.
- Sophomore Chance Poore saw his first action this season as a placekicker. He enjoyed a perfect day, making a 28-yard field goal on the final play of the first half, along with all five extra points.
- Seeing his first collegiate action, senior punter Colin Goodfellow did a fine job, punting three times for a 46.3-yard average, and there were no return yards.
- First-time starters were junior offensive guard Austin Dotson and junior linebacker Marquez Bembry.
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