SEC: Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl

December, 7, 2009
12/07/09
12:14
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Kentucky (7-5) vs. Clemson (8-5)

Dec. 27, 8:30 p.m., (ESPN)


This is a rematch of the 2006 game in Nashville, which Kentucky won 28-20 for its first bowl victory in 13 years. That was the start of something for the Wildcats, who will be looking for their fourth straight bowl victory.

Rich Brooks did one of his finest coaching jobs this season and deserves consideration for Coach of the Year honors in the SEC. The Wildcats had key personnel losses to injury and suspension and ended up with true freshman Morgan Newton starting at quarterback at the end of the season. Nonetheless, they were an overtime loss to Tennessee away from winning eight games in the regular season for the first time since 1984.

Sophomore Randall Cobb did a little bit of everything for Kentucky. He threw it, ran it, caught it and returned it and was second in the SEC to Mark Ingram with 18 touchdowns. Running back Derrick Locke was a nice complement to Cobb. Locke was No. 2 and Cobb No. 3 in the SEC in all-purpose yards per game.

The Wildcats’ passing game was limited after Newton took over when starter Mike Hartline went down with a knee injury. But Brooks said there’s a chance Hartline could return in time for the bowl game.

Smith a surprise starter for Vanderbilt

December, 31, 2008
12/31/08
3:50
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson shook things up a little bit and went with redshirt freshman Larry Smith as his starting quarterback Wednesday in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl.

It was Smith's first start of his career, although he played extensively in the regular-season finale against Wake Forest. Johnson said it was a game-time decision to start Smith, who's probably the Commodores' strongest passer.

Even though Smith started, fifth-year senior Chris Nickson entered the game on Vanderbilt's first possession, which resulted in a 42-yard field goal and 3-0 lead over Boston College.

There's also a chance that junior quarterback Mackenzi Adams could see action for Vanderbilt. Adams has been nursing a couple of different injuries.

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