Three Keys Reviewed: Kentucky

Vanderbilt fell to Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington 20-13. Prior to the game established three keys to a Commodore win over the Wildcats. We will now review those three keys.

Key No. 1 Ralph Webb has big game PASS

Ralph Webb gained 100 yards on 18 carries while averaging 5.6 yards per carry.  Webb now has 682 yards rushing for five touchdowns on the season.   Yes, Webb had a good game but, unfortunately, he never reached the end zone but you have to give a 100-yard game a 'PASS'.  Webb's runs against UK, from first to last, were: 15, 6, 2, -1, 15, 2, 9, 4, 3, 0, 3, 6, 11, 7, 10, 3 and -1 yards.  It was a good day for Webb but he probably feels differently since his team lost.  Hopefully, his ankle is not too badly injured and he'll be ready for action in Athens.  

Key No. 2 Keep Stephen Johnson in check PUSH

Stephen Johnson had just 10-of-24 completions for 49 yards and an interception.  That was his worst passing day of the season so far.  Against No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, he had 13 of 22 completions for 89 yards and no picks. However, stopping his rushing, as I worried about in the three key piece for this game, was where he really hurt Vandy.  He had his best rushing game of the season picking up 55 yards on 10 carries.  Fifty-five yards doesn't seem like a lot but he converted on three third downs and one fourth down with his running.  Keep in mind that Kentucky itself only converted on four third downs during the game.  

Key No. 3 Win the turnover battle PASS

Vandy won the turnover battle, 2-1, but still lost the game because of the inability to convert on third downs.  Kentucky is a team that's given up by far more turnovers than any other SEC team this season.  Vandy should have had at least a couple more turnovers in this game.   Five UK passes hit Vandy defenders in the hands but only Tre Herndon was able to reel one of them in.  Just one more pick might have been the difference in this game.  Taurean Fergusen recovered a fumble in the third quarter, returning it 22 yards for the only Commodore touchdown scored over the last eight quarters.  There was some good stuff here but it could have been better.  

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