Report Card: Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky

The game is over now: Kentucky 24, Vanderbilt 13. VandyMania.com's armchair quarterback analyzes every element of the Commodores' performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Vanderbilt
13

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Kentucky
24

AREA
GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
D+
Not enough production and too many inaccurate/dropped passes, especially in the second half. John Cole made a great scoring catch off a great throw by Mackenzi Adams. Cole caught the pass on his back. Blocking was actually decent but not enough plays just were being made. Only one reception for five yards in the second half= Vanderbilt loss. Hint to Vanderbilt staff. Start Jared Funk on Saturday and bring in Adams off the bench on the second series. Adams has always done better coming off the bench. When will they figure that out?
RUSHING OFFENSE
D+
Kentucky essentially shut down Vandy's usual productive running game, limiting them to only 82 yards which is about 90 yards less than their average per game. Warren Norman finished with 52 yards in 12 carries but Zac Stacy gained only 21 yards in 9 carries. The run game might have been better had the passing game been able to get going.
PASSING DEFENSE
B+
The Commodores did a good job of shutting down the UK passing attack and limiting them to only 7-of-15 completions for 91 yards and two interceptions. Myron Lewis and Eddie Foster both came up with interceptions.
RUSHING DEFENSE
D
The Commodores were working hard to stop the Wildcat rushing onslaught but it just didn't work too well. It didn't help that Patrick Benoist went out with a concussion. Seems like every time Vandy plays UK someone gets a concussion. UK rushed for over 300 yards which is the most an opponent has gained on Vanderbilt all year, after Georgia Tech.
SPECIAL TEAMS
B
How about Ryan Fowler? Made two nice field goals, one of 47 yards! Brett Upson average 47 yards a punt and had three downed inside the 20. Vandy's kick coverage teams also did not allow Locke or Cobb to get loose on any really long returns and the UK coverage units return the favor and kept Norman and Washington under wraps as well.
COACHING
C-
Good job on offense in the first half. Vandy almost had 200 yards at halftime, which is unheard of this year against an SEC opponent. However, nothing innovative was done to make good things happen in the second half. Kentucky made adjustments and the VU coaches had no answer.
OVERALL GRADE
C
A bitter loss to a rival at home. On senior day it was disheartening to see so many opposing fans in Vanderbilt stadium (probably 60 or 70 percent). The Vandy fans get an 'F' in the area of team support. If you sold your tickets to UK fans then you sold your Vanderbilt fan-hood away as well.

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