GAMEDAY: KENTUCKY vs. VANDERBILT

This AllWildcats.com feature gives you everything you need to know about the Wildcats' matchup with the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

KENTUCKY vs. VANDERBILT
Saturday, Noon ET
Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY.

TV • SEC NETWORK
SATELLITE RADIO • Channel 190 – XM, Channel 119 – Sirius

KENTUCKY WILDCATS:
Record: 2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference
Ranking: Not ranked
Last game: L, at Florida 36-30 (triple overtime)
Coach: Mark Stoops (Iowa, 1989)
Record: 4-11 (Second season)
at UK: 4-11 (Second season)
vs. VU: 0-1

VANDERBILT COMMODORES:
Record: 1-3, 0-2 Southeastern Conference
Ranking: Not ranked
Last game: L, vs. South Carolina 48-34
Coach: Derek Mason (Northern Arizona, 1992)
Record: 1-3 (First season)
at VU: 1-3 (First season)
vs. UK: 0-0

SERIES RECORD:
Overall: Series tied 41-41-4
In Lexington: UK leads 22-15-2
Last meeting: VU 22-6 in Nashville (Nov. 16, 2013)

KENTUCKY SCHEDULE, RESULTS:
8/30 UT Martin [SEC Network] W, 59-14
9/6 Ohio [ESPNU] W, 20-3,
9/13 at Florida* [SEC Network] L, 30-36 3OT
9/27 Vanderbilt* [SEC Network] Noon
10/4 South Carolina* TBA
10/11 ULM TBA
10/18 at LSU* TBA
10/25 Mississippi State* TBA
11/1 at Missouri* TBA
11/8 Georgia* TBA
11/15 at Tennessee* TBA
11/29 at Louisville TBA
All times ET; * SEC game

VANDERBILT SCHEDULE, RESULTS:
08/28 Temple L, 7-37
09/06 Ole Miss* L, 3-41
09/13 UMASS W, 34-31
09/20 South Carolina* L, 34-48
09/27 at Kentucky* Noon
10/04 at Georgia* TBA
10/11 Charleston Southern TBA
10/25 at Missouri* TBA
11/01 Old Dominion TBA
11/08 Florida* TBA
11/22 at Mississippi State* TBA
11/29 Tennessee* TBA
All times ET; * SEC game

WILDCAT KEYS TO THE GAME:
When Kentucky has the ball… The Cats should have some opportunities to make big plays down the field against a Vanderbilt secondary that has been picked on at times this season. If the offensive line can provide Patrick Towles with time to throw, look for him to make some long connections with the receiver corps, which should have senior Javess Blue back near 100 percent health. A key matchup in the trenches will be UK center Jon Toth versus Vandy nose tackle Vince Taylor (No. 53: 6-2, 312, Sr.) The UK staff is also concerned about the Commodores’ Adam Butler (No. 69: 6-5, 305, Soph.) who caught offensive coordinator Neal Brown’s eye as a recruit in Duncanville, Texas, when Brown was on the Red Raiders’ staff.

When Vanderbilt has the ball… The Cats must be prepared for a scheme they just haven’t been exposed to much in recent years. Vanderbilt’s “Stanford-style” pro set features a variety of jumbo/heavy sets that will sometimes place three tight ends on the field at the same time. That means the UK defense must be prepared for a physical challenge along the line of scrimmage and for its linebackers and nickels to be prepared for a steady dose of play-action passing. The Commodores’ starting quarterback, sophomore Patton Robinette, suffered a mild concussion in last week’s 48-34 loss to South Carolina, so it will be interesting to see if he’s under center on Saturday or if Vandy goes with talented freshman backup Wade Freebeck. The Dores have scored 34 points in each of their last two games after posting just 10 combined in their first two games.

MILESTONE WATCH:
Senior defensive end Bud Dupree has 16 career sacks, needing one more to tie for fourth most all-time in school history. Dupree currently leads all active SEC players in sacks.

ON THIS DAY IN UK HISTORY:
Kentucky is 10-3-2 all-time in games played on Sept. 27. The Cats’ biggest win on this date came in 1969 when they upset No. 8 Ole Miss and the Rebels’ star quarterback, Archie Manning, 10-9 in Lexington. At the time, it was only the 19th win over a ranked opponent in UK football history.

NOTES:
• Kentucky has opened the season by not allowing a touchdown in the first half of three consecutive games, the first time the Wildcats have done that since 1988.

• UK ranks high nationally in several categories, including 22nd in scoring defense, 24th in total offense, 20th in pass offense, 24th in kickoff returns, 16th in opponent third down conversion percentage and 12th in turnover margin.

• A total of 72% of all of Kentucky’s points this season have been scored by a redshirt or true freshmen. A total of 89% of all of Kentucky’s points have been scored this season by players who did not play last season.

• Until this season, Kentucky and VU had faced each other 61 consecutive times (1953-2013) in the month of November.


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