Kentucky and Vanderbilt kick off at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 as the Wildcats look to move closer to a historic 9-win season. Stay here for live updates, score and analysis from Nashville.
Kentucky-Vanderbilt live updates, score
FINAL: Kentucky 44, Vanderbilt 21
It was a dominant performance. Kentucky moves to 7-3 and reaches four SEC wins in back-to-back seasons.
7:56 4Q: Kentucky 44, Vanderbilt 21
Austin MacGinnis is 3 for 3 on field goals. Everything is working right for Kentucky. Vanderbilt isn’t a good team, but that doesn’t take away from Kentucky’s performance. The Wildcats struggled against bad teams like Tennessee, Missouri, Florida and Eastern Michigan. That hasn’t been the case today.
End 3Q: Kentucky 41, Vanderbilt 21
That third quarter felt like it lasted three hours. Vanderbilt scored with 13 seconds left to close the lead to three scores. Kentucky has 382 yards with 15 minutes to play. This is setting up to be the most dominant SEC win in the Mark Stoops era.
3:53 3Q: Kentucky 41, Vanderbilt 14
Well, that didn’t take long. Snell scores for the third time today and it’s back to a blowout. For a Kentucky team that hadn’t led by more than 14 points at any time this season, this one has to feel pretty darn good.
4:14 3Q: Kentucky 34, Vanderbilt 14
Kentucky’s streak of 34 unanswered points is over. Kyle Shurmur runs in for a 14-yard score to give Vanderbilt a semblance of hope. Still, the Commodores have shown no hope of stopping Kentucky’s offense. On top of that, Lynn Bowden just returned a kickoff for 93 yards. He ran out of gas at the end.
8:29 3Q: Kentucky 34, Vanderbilt 7
Sihiem King finds the end zone and it’s a blowout in Nashville. Oh, and 5-star shooting guard Keldon Johnson just committed to Kentucky. Not a bad night for Cats fans. Kentucky is doing whatever it wants against Vanderbilt’s defense. Kentucky has outgained Vanderbilt 369-135. Quite a performance.
12:57 3Q: Kentucky 27, Vanderbilt 7
Benny Snell is now the all-time leader in Kentucky rushing touchdowns with 27. Snell has 110 yards so far as Kentucky has taken full control of this game. That’s 27 unanswered points for the Wildcats.
HALFTIME: Kentucky 20, Vanderbilt 7
Austin MacGinnis nailed a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cats a 13-point advantage. Kentucky outgained Vanderbilt 241-141 in the first half. It’s been a record day for Snell, who just became the first player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Vanderbilt took an early 7-0 lead, but Kentucky has dominated ever since with 20 unanswered points.
2:09 2Q: Kentucky 17, Vanderbilt 7
Not a very good drive for Kentucky. The Cats started on Vanderbilt’s 20-yard line and proceeded to go backwards. Austin MacGinnis connected on a 42-yard field goal in what ended up being a negative-4-yard scoring drive. The Cats could’ve really distanced themselves with a touchdown.
3:15 2Q: Kentucky 14, Vanderbilt 7
Derrick Baity intercepts Shurmer and returns it 44 yards to Vanderbilt’s 19-yard line. That’s two picks for Kentucky’s defense. The Cats have things going their way.
8:21 2Q: Kentucky 14, Vanderbilt 7
Blitz Baby Josh Paschal just made a huge play for Kentucky’s defense. He sacked Shurmur for a 7-yard loss on third-and-one. The Cats made the Commodores pay on a questionable play call. Kentucky will start its drive from the one-inch line after a great punt.
11:15 2Q: Kentucky 14, Vanderbilt 7
Benny Snell breaks off a 22-yard touchdown as he high steps into the end zone. Snell is now tied with Sonny Collins and Moe Williams for the most rushing touchdowns in Kentucky history (26). That’s a pretty impressive mark for a sophomore.
End 1Q: Kentucky 7, Vanderbilt 7
That only took 39 minutes. We all need more quarters like that. The yardage numbers are pretty even after the first: 121 for Kentucky, 105 for Vanderbilt. Both teams had one turnover.
2:14 1Q: Kentucky 7, Vanderbilt 7
Kentucky running back Sihiem King went 22 yards for his first touchdown of the season. He had three carries for 34 yards on that drive. Kentucky isn’t having any trouble moving the ball.
5:37 1Q: Vanderbilt 7, Kentucky 0
Vanderbilt running back Ralph Webb goes 37 yards for the score. Kentucky’s defense, as expected, is struggling so far. The good news for Kentucky is that Vanderbilt’s defense also has its holes.
7:27 1Q: Kentucky 0, Vanderbilt 0
Ball security is an issue so far. After Kentucky linebacker Denzil Ware picked off a pass that was tipped by defensive tackle Adrian Middleton, Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson fumbled on the following possession.
It’s time for kickoff in Nashville … and not many people are here. It’s predominately blue.
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— Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) November 11, 2017
Kentucky-Vanderbilt football game time, details
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Nov. 11
Location: Vanderbilt Stadium; Nashville
Line: Vanderbilt -2
Which TV channel is Kentucky-Vanderbilt on?
The SEC Network will broadcast the Kentucky-Vanderbilt football game. Find the SEC Network on your cable provider here.
How can I watch Kentucky-Vanderbilt online?
Fans can watch the Kentucky-Vanderbilt football game online at WatchESPN or via the WatchESPN app.
How can I listen to Kentucky-Vanderbilt on the radio?
Fans can listen to the Kentucky-Vanderbilt football game on the radio via the UK Sports Network. Find your local UK Sports Network affiliate here.
The game will also be aired on satellite radio on XM Channel 191 and on Sirius Channel 157.
Kentucky-Vanderbilt football preview, keys to the game
3. Stay on the right side of turnover margin. For the first six games, Kentucky was one of the best teams in the nation at holding on to the ball with a turnover margin of plus-8. Since then, the Wildcats are minus-6 during the past 3 games, a stretch in which they’ve gone 1-2. In their three losses, Kentucky didn’t finish any game on the plus-side in turnover margin. There are major issues with Kentucky’s pass defense, but to help mitigate that disadvantage, the Wildcats need to hold on to the ball and not give the Commodores more chances on offense.
2. Hold Kyle Shurmur to less than 60-percent passing. That’s Vanderbilt’s magic number on offense. In games in which Shurmur has completed at least 60 percent of his passes, Vanderbilt is 4-0. In games in which he is held under that mark, the Commodores are 0-5. Kentucky will give up big plays — it has in every game — but it can’t let Vanderbilt embark on long, sustained drives. Keeping Vanderbilt behind the chart in down-and-distance will go a long way, meaning if it can stay stout on run downs and set up 3rd-and-longs, Shurmur’s completion percentage will suffer.
1. Snell ya later. Kentucky has been feeding Benny Snell the past few weeks, and though the results haven’t been there in the win column, the sophomore is quietly the SEC’s leading rusher. Getting Snell going early and often is even more important against Vanderbilt, and the key number is 200. Snell doesn’t have to run for 200 yards, but Kentucky needs to as a team. Vanderbilt is 1-5 when the opposing team rushes for 200 yards, and the only win came on a controversial fumble reversal against Kansas State. Vanderbilt’s run defense has been Jekyll and Hyde this year, and Kentucky — which has been good on the ground the past two games — needs to continue that trend.