Vanderbilt Opponent #10: Kentucky Wildcats

On November 12 Vanderbilt hosts the Wildcats of Kentucky at Vanderbilt Stadium. The Commodores let an almost sure win slip out of their hands in 2004 in Lexington. VandyMania takes an early look at this game and predicts the winner.

Date: Nov. 12, 2005
Site:Vanderbilt Stadium

Kentucky

Head coach: Rich Brooks (6-17 at Kentucky, photo at right)

2004 Record: 2-9, 1-7 CONF

Top Returnees:

OFFENSE: LT Aaron Miller, So.; C Matt McCutchan, Sr.; RT Hayden Lane, Jr.; WR Glenn Holt, Sr.; TB Scott Mitchell, Sr.; TB Tony Dixon, So.; TE Jeremiah Drobney, Sr.

DEFENSE: DE Trey Mielsch (6-3, 280, Sr.) [DT in 2005] LB Wesley Woodyard, So.; ILB Jon Sumrall, Sr.; DT Ricky Abren, So.; OLB Durrell White, Jr.; FS Muhammad Abdullah, Sr.; CB Antoine Huffman, Sr.

2004 Results

Sept. 5 at Louisville, L 0-28
Sept. 18 INDIANA, W 51-32
Sept. 25 at Florida, L 3-20
Oct. 2 OHIO, L 16-28
Oct. 9 ALABAMA, L 17-45
Oct. 16 SOUTH CAROLINA, L 7-12
Oct. 23 at Auburn, L 10-42
Oct. 30 at Mississippi State, L 7-22
Nov. 6 GEORGIA, L 17-62
Nov. 13 VANDERBILT, W 14-13
Nov. 27 at Tennessee, L 31-37

2005 Schedule

Sept. 3 LOUISVILLE
Sept. 10 IDAHO STATE
Sept. 17 at Indiana
Sept. 24 FLORIDA
Oct. 8 at South Carolina
Oct. 22 at Ole Miss
Oct. 29 MISSISSIPPI STATE
Nov. 5 AUBURN
Nov. 12 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 19 at Georgia
Nov. 26 TENNESSEE

Kentucky Statistics

Category..............NCAA ... AVG
Rushing Offense ......99...... 107.73  
Passing Offense ......101..... 167.73  
Total Offense ........115..... 275.45   
Scoring Offense ......114..... 15.73   
Rushing Defense ......112..... 225.18   
Passing Defense ......79...... 131.77    
Total Defense ........102..... 428.36      
Scoring Defense ......85...... 31.00   
Turnover Margin.......76...... -.18    
Net Punting ..........51...... 36.08   

REMARKS: Kentucky was dominated by Vanderbilt for three quarters in 2004 but managed to rally and top the Commodores. The win was surely the highlight of the Wildcat's season and a low point in Vanderbilt's.

EARLY PREDICTION: Vanderbilt should dominate this game from start to finish in 2005. The Wildcats have changed their defense alignment and moved coaches around in a desperate attempt to avoid Brook's forced departure after the season. Expect a big Vandy win.

Vanderbilt 35
Kentucky 17


Stunned Vanderbilt fans look on as Kentucky rallies to win in 2004. Don't expect a repeat in 2005. (VM/ Don Yates)


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