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Snell's late TD helps No. 14 Kentucky escape Vanderbilt 14-7

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky's hope of winning with style coming out of an off week quickly evolved into doing whatever it could to get past Vanderbilt.

The No. 14 Wildcats eventually succeeded behind the reliable combination of running back Benny Snell Jr. and a fierce, opportunistic defense that wouldn't break.

Snell rushed for 169 yards, including the go-ahead 7-yard run with 8:04 remaining that helped Kentucky pull away for a 14-7 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

The Wildcats (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) clinched bowl eligibility for a third consecutive season and stayed in contention in the East division with their third straight victory over the Commodores (3-5, 0-4). But it took nose guard Quinton Bohanna to force Jamauri Wakefield's fourth-down fumble that he recovered at the 20 midway through the fourth quarter to jump-start Kentucky from game-long inconsistency.

Snell took control from there, rushing 10 times for 74 yards on the drive that ended with his ninth TD run. The junior rushed 32 times for his 16th career 100-yard game on a blustery night that Kentucky had to work hard to outgain Vanderbilt 298-284.

''We know what we can do running the ball,'' said Snell, who managed just 60 yards rushing in a 20-14 overtime loss at No. 17 Texas A&M two weeks ago. ''In that situation, it was evident what we had to do.''

The SEC's rushing leader also factored big in Kentucky's game-tying scoring drive by carrying eight times for 39 yards, including a 3-yard run to the Commodores' 5. Quarterback Terry Wilson capped it with a short TD pass to Lynn Bowden on the next play, but Snell set the tone.

Ugly? Yes. And Wildcats coach Mark Stoops will take it coming off a loss.

''We struggled at times, but you got to love that drive,'' he said. ''When everybody in the stadium knew we were going to run the football and grind out 70, 80-yard drive and get it in the end zone says a lot about our football team, their attitude, their toughness, finding a way to win.

''There are things we need to do better, but win or lose we'll go back to work and look at ourselves. But you can't apologize for being 6-1.''

Daniel's play was one of four forced four fumbles with two recoveries, the second by Mike Edwards with 1:04 left that sealed the outcome. The Wildcats also recorded four sacks.

''We pride ourselves on being the best team out there and making big plays,'' said linebacker Josh Allen, who had two sacks among eight tackles.

Vanderbilt played without leading rusher Ke'Shawn Vaughn, who did not make the trip after getting hurt last week against Florida. The Commodores converted a first-quarter takeaway into Kyle Shurmur's 29-yard TD pass to C.J. Bolar, but that was their only lead as they rushed for just 68 yards.

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said his decision to go for the first down instead of kicking a field goal in the fourth quarter was based on an earlier missed kick.

''I didn't know how many more opportunities we would have to get down that way,'' he said, ''so I felt that it was critical for me to go for it on fourth down. Obviously, we came up short.''

COSTLY PENALTIES

Kentucky was flagged four times for 35 yards, but two second-half penalties killed chances to go ahead. The first was a holding penalty that wiped out Lynn Bowden's 90-yard kickoff return for a TD. Cornerback Derrick Baity was called for holding soon after, wiping out his interception of Shurmur.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Kentucky's status remains intact despite winning ugly as a two-TD favorite.

THE TAKEAWAY

Vanderbilt: The Commodores again got the jump on another ranked school, converting a turnover into a 29-yard touchdown pass for the game's first score. They had other decent plays but were inconsistent and couldn't run the ball. Those turnovers also hurt.

Kentucky: After insisting all week that there would be no post-bye hangover, the Wildcats were sluggish in nearly all phases. Consecutive turnovers and poor tackling allowed Vandy to grab the early edge. The defense stiffened up some and the offense began imposing its will well enough to tie the game, but costly penalties after halftime thwarted chances to put it away until Bohanna's forced fumble and recovery.

UP NEXT

Vanderbilt visits Arkansas on Saturday, seeking to end a three-game slide in the first series meeting since 2011.

Kentucky visits Missouri on Saturday, seeking its fourth straight win against the Tigers.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:04
95-M.Butler extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 8:09
26-B.Snell runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
80
yds
05:39
pos
7
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:28
95-M.Butler extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 6:34
3-T.Wilson complete to 1-L.Bowden. 1-L.Bowden runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
48
yds
05:37
pos
7
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:54
98-R.Guay extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 7:00
14-K.Shurmur complete to 83-C.Bolar. 83-C.Bolar runs 29 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
49
yds
03:34
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 12 17
Rushing 4 15
Passing 7 2
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 4-13 7-13
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 247 298
Total Plays 54 62
Avg Gain 4.6 4.8
Net Yards Rushing 68 280
Rush Attempts 31 53
Avg Rush Yards 2.2 5.3
Net Yards Passing 179 18
Comp. - Att. 15-23 3-9
Yards Per Pass 7.8 2.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-37 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-25 4-35
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 4-2 3-2
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 7-41.1 5-43.0
Return Yards 17 48
Punts - Returns 2-19 1-1
Kickoffs - Returns 2--2 2-47
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 1/2 2/3
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 0/1 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Vanderbilt 3-5 70007
12 Kentucky 6-1 070714
179 PASS YDS 18
68 RUSH YDS 280
247 TOTAL YDS 298
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Shurmur 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.2% 216 1 0 158.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.3% 1845 12 5 134.4
K. Shurmur 15/23 216 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Wakefield 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 74 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
69 311 2
J. Wakefield 19 74 0 11
J. Marlow 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 24 0
J. Marlow 2 17 0 11
J. Crawford 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 61 2
J. Crawford 2 5 0 3
K. Blasingame 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 257 1
K. Blasingame 3 3 0 4
K. Lipscomb 16 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 40 0
K. Lipscomb 1 -1 0 -1
K. Shurmur 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 -62 0
K. Shurmur 4 -34 0 -2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Bolar 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 78 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 78 1
C. Bolar 2 78 1 49
J. Pinkney 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 392 3
J. Pinkney 3 44 0 21
K. Blasingame 23 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 107 0
K. Blasingame 3 40 0 33
K. Lipscomb 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
54 588 6
K. Lipscomb 5 28 0 12
D. Tennyson 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 102 0
D. Tennyson 1 20 0 20
J. Wakefield 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 37 0
J. Wakefield 1 6 0 6
C. Pierce 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 89 1
C. Pierce 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Griffin 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-5 0 0.0
J. Griffin 12-5 0.0 0
L. Wiley 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
L. Wiley 8-2 0.0 0
D. Moore 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
D. Moore 6-1 0.0 0
C. Tidd 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
C. Tidd 5-0 0.0 0
J. Smith 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
J. Smith 3-3 0.0 0
Da. Odeyingbo 34 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
Da. Odeyingbo 3-0 0.0 0
J. Williams 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 2 0.0
J. Williams 2-1 0.0 0
D. Birchmeier 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
D. Birchmeier 2-4 0.0 0
T. Daley 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
T. Daley 2-1 0.0 0
D. Sheffield 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Sheffield 1-1 0.0 0
F. Coppet 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
F. Coppet 1-0 0.0 0
L. Vecchio 29 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
L. Vecchio 1-1 0.0 0
C. Anderson 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Anderson 1-0 0.0 0
A. George 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
A. George 1-1 0.0 0
M. Worship 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Worship 1-0 0.0 0
R. Reitmaier 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Reitmaier 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Guay 98 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
8/14 23/23
R. Guay 0/1 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
P. Thome 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 41.1 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
34 44.4 2
P. Thome 7 41.1 2 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Crawford 6 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 -1.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 10.5 0 0
J. Crawford 2 -1.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Ellis 36 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 9.5 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 10.5 11 0
T. Ellis 2 9.5 11 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Wilson 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 18 1 0 86.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.9% 721 4 5 116.2
T. Wilson 3/9 18 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Snell 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
32 169 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
160 868 9
B. Snell 32 169 1 22
T. Wilson 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 91 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
78 395 3
T. Wilson 12 91 0 25
A. Rose 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 254 4
A. Rose 5 17 0 7
L. Bowden 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
L. Bowden 2 5 0 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
L. Bowden 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 18 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 291 3
L. Bowden 3 18 1 11
D. Baker 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 100 0
D. Baker 0 0 0 0
D. Bouvier 33 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 112 2
D. Bouvier 0 0 0 0
T. Richardson 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 23 0
T. Richardson 0 0 0 0
C. Conrad 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 114 0
C. Conrad 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Ka. Daniel 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
Ka. Daniel 9-1 0.0 0
M. Edwards 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 1 0.0
M. Edwards 7-2 0.0 0
J. Allen 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 2.0
J. Allen 6-1 2.0 0
D. Robinson 9 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
D. Robinson 5-1 0.0 0
J. Jones 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
J. Jones 3-2 0.0 0
D. West 25 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 3 0.0
D. West 3-0 0.0 0
J. Watson 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
J. Watson 2-0 1.0 0
A. Middleton 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Middleton 1-0 1.0 0
C. Westry 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Westry 1-0 0.0 0
K. Looney 59 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Looney 1-1 0.0 0
L. Johnson 6 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0
C. Taylor 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Taylor 1-0 0.0 0
T. Carter 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Carter 1-0 0.0 0
Q. Bohanna 95 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Q. Bohanna 1-0 0.0 0
C. Oats 22 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Oats 1-0 0.0 0
P. Hoskins 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
P. Hoskins 0-2 0.0 0
D. Square 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
D. Square 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Butler 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
3/7 25/25
M. Butler 0/1 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Duffy 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 43.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
33 46.2 2
M. Duffy 5 43.0 2 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Bowden 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 23.5 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 20.7 28 0
L. Bowden 2 23.5 28 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Bouvier 33 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 5.8 1 0
D. Bouvier 1 1.0 1 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UK 35 3:42 8 47 Punt
10:34 UK 44 3:34 7 44 TD
6:17 UK 40 0:30 3 2 Punt
3:35 VANDY 32 1:58 4 8 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:25 VANDY 8 1:33 3 1 Punt
6:28 UK 35 2:15 6 25 Punt
2:46 VANDY 44 1:27 3 7 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:54 VANDY 42 4:10 9 45 FG Miss
3:00 VANDY 21 2:17 8 63 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:04 UK 35 1:56 6 9 Punt
2:18 VANDY 14 1:02 6 42 Fumble
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:11 UK 15 0:04 2 29 Fumble
6:54 VANDY 35 0:07 3 5 Fumble
5:41 UK 20 1:29 3 5 Punt
0:54 UK 20 0:36 4 25 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:11 VANDY 48 5:37 11 48 TD
4:09 UK 18 1:19 3 4 Punt
0:56 UK 20 0:06 2 10 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:15 VANDY 35 0:00 4 3 Punt
9:38 UK 20 5:54 13 59 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:48 UK 20 5:39 12 80 TD
6:03 UK 31 3:00 5 19 Punt
1:11 VANDY 44 0:07 2 -2