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Snell, King Lead Kentucky to Win at Vanderbilt
By The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, TN - Benny Snell rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns and Sihiem King added two rushing TDs, leading Kentucky to a 44-21 win at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Kentucky (7-3, 4-3 SEC) improved its bowl stock while keeping Vanderbilt (4-6, 0-6) winless in the conference standings.

Snell, who entered the game as the SEC's leading rusher, became the ninth player in school history to reach 2,000 career yards. The 5-foot-11, 223-pound sophomore also became the first Kentucky player to rush for consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

Kentucky's Austin MacGinnis kicked three field goals and the Wildcats rambled for 428 yards in total offense.

Kyle Shurmur threw four interceptions and one TD, and was sacked five times. He is tied for second with Jay Cutler (21) for most single-season TD passes in Vanderbilt history.

Ralph Webb rushed for 70 yards and one TD for the Commodores. The senior passed Florida's Emmitt Smith in career yards and moved into the top 10 in SEC rushing history.

Kentucky spotted Vanderbilt a 7-0 lead in the first quarter before rallying for 34 consecutive points to take control.

Vanderbilt struck first on Webb's 37-yard run with 5:37 left. The Wildcats tied it at 7 on King's 22-yard run to the right late in the quarter and went ahead 14-7 on Snell's 22-yard TD run early in the second quarter.

Two Kyle Shurmur interceptions late in the first half set up a pair of Kentucky field goals by MacGinnis. Derrick Bailey's interception and 44-yard return to the Vanderbilt 20 set up MacGinnis' 42-yard field goal that increased the Wildcats' lead to 17-7 with 2:09 left in the first half. Mike Edwards' pick gave Kentucky the ball on the Vanderbilt 43 and MacGinnis capitalized with a 40-yard field goal that stretched Kentucky's lead to 20-7 as time expired in the half.

The momentum remained in the Wildcats' favor as Snell's 2-yard TD run extended their lead to 27-7 early in the third quarter. The Wildcats struck again when King's 7-yard run gave the visitors a 34-7 advantage with 8:29 left in the third quarter.

Vanderbilt finally struck back on Shurmur's 14-yard TD run that narrowed the deficit to 34-14 with 8:29 left in the third quarter. But Lynn Bowden answered with a 93-yard kickoff return to the Commodores 6. On the next play, Snell's 6-yard TD run extended the Wildcats' lead to 41-14 with 3:53 left in the third quarter.

Shurmur's 17-yard TD pass to Kalija Lipscomb narrowed the deficit to 41-21 with 13 seconds left in the third quarter.

MacGinnis' third field goal, this one from 39 yards out, increased the Wildcats' lead to 44-21 with 7:56 remaining.

Kentucky cornerback Kendall Randolph left the field with an injury with 3:01 left.


Published 10:05 PM, Saturday Nov. 11, 2017
Updated 10:08 PM, Saturday Nov. 11, 2017

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