Vanderbilt 20, Kentucky 7
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Brad Brown returned an interception 13 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and Vanderbilt held Kentucky to a season-low 123 yards in a 20-7 Southeastern Conference victory Saturday.
Brown, a junior linebacker, picked off a pass from Pookie Jones in the right flat on third and 19 from the 15 and ran untouched to the end zone with 14:20 remaining to give Vanderbilt (3-5 overall, 2-4 SEC) a 17-7 advantage.
Robbie Chura put the finishing touch on Kentucky (4-5, 2-5) with a 37-yard field goal with 6:01 to go.
Vanderbilt’s defense was so dominating that Kentucky’s only touchdown came when safety Brad Armstead picked up Eric Lewis’ fumble on one bounce and returned it 70 yards with 5:38 left in the first quarter to tie the game 7-7.
Jones, who passed for a career-high 357 yards in last week’s 37-36 loss to No. 19 Mississippi State, completed only seven of 27 for 75 yards and was intercepted twice.
Kentucky finished with only eight first downs and 48 rushing yards in losing its third straight.
Vanderbilt, breaking a four-game losing streak, went up 7-0 on Royce Love’s 1-yard run with 6:59 remaining in the opening period. Quarterback Marcus Wilson started the three-play, 66-yard drive with a 57-yard run to the Kentucky 9, and Cliff Deese followed with an 8-yard run to the 1.
Chura kicked a 37-yard field goal with 4:23 left in the half to give Vanderbilt a 10-7 advantage.
Wilson rushed for 75 yards, Love 70, Tony Jackson 45 and Deese 42 as Vanderbilt amassed 255 on the ground. Wilson also completed five of six passes for 56 yards as the Commodores finished with 311 yards.