NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Rafael Little ran for 198 yards and
three touchdowns, and Kentucky ended Vanderbilt's hopes of becoming
bowl eligible for the first time since 1982 with a 48-43 win
The Commodores (4-6, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) trailed 34-10
at halftime, but three touchdown catches by Earl Bennett in the
fourth quarter -- he had five for the game -- got them within five.
Jay Cutler threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Bennett with 2:29
left, but Vanderbilt failed on its 2-point conversion try and
Kentucky (3-6, 2-4) was able to hang on for the win.
Bennett also caught touchdown passes of 5 and 13 yards in the
final quarter, along with scoring grabs of 2 and 13 yards earlier
in the game.
After a 33-yard field goal by Bryant Hahnfeldt put the
Commodores up 3-0 early in the first quarter, Kentucky scored 34
straight points to seemingly take control of the game. When
Vanderbilt's Cassen Jackson-Garrison ran for a 35-yard score with
under two minutes to go in the third, it cut Kentucky's lead to
The Wildcats began to take control after Arliss Beach's 1-yard
touchdown run gave them an early 7-3 lead. Quarterback Andre'
Woodson added a 7-yard touchdown run, and Hahnfeldt had a 46-yard
field goal attempt blocked and Bo Smith returned it for a score to
make it 21-3.
Vanderbilt's only put together two meaningful drives in the
first half. The first came during Vanderbilt's first drive of the
game as Cutler had runs of 7 and 11 yards, setting up Hahnfeldt's
The second came near the end of the half when Cutler threw a
13-yard TD pass to Bennett with 1:34 left. Cutler, who had 12
incomplete passes in the first half, also completed another
13-yarder to Bennett and a 22-yard pass to George Smith during the
Cutler finished 39-of-66 for 396 yards and the five touchdown
passes to Bennett.