College Football
Kentucky 14, Vanderbilt 7
When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky
Temperature: 50°
Head Official: Ken Williamson
Attendance: 54269

Benny Snell rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown and No. 14 Kentucky kept pace with the SEC East leaders on Saturday night with a 14-7 victory over Vanderbilt at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky.

The victory makes the Wildcats (6-1, 4-1) bowl eligible after just seven games.

After Snell had just 13 carries in Kentucky's only loss two weeks ago at Texas A&M, the Heisman Trophy candidate was the centerpiece. He rushed 32 times against the Commodores (3-5, 0-4) and the Wildcats gashed the nation's 95th-ranked run defense for 280 yards on the ground.

Snell also provided the game-winning touchdown with a 7-yard run with 8:04 left in the game. It capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive that burned up 5:39. He carried the ball on 10 of the 12 plays.

Kentucky's first score was a 5-yard pass from Terry Wilson to Lynn Bowden to tie the game at 7-7 in the second quarter.

Vanderbilt had taken a 7-0 lead on a 29-yard pass from Kyle Shurmur to C.J. Bolar with 3:31 left in the first quarter.

Overall, Kentucky had 298 yards total offense with only 18 coming via the passing game on a blustery night that saw temperatures dive into the 40s with 40-mph wind gusts. Wilson was just 3-of-9 passing.

Kentucky, which ranks No. 4 nationally in scoring defense at 13.8 points per game, held Vanderbilt to 284 yards total offense -- including just 68 yards rushing -- and totaled four sacks.

Vanderbilt has lost three in a row, all against Top 25 competition. The Commodores are now 1-84 all time when facing top 15 opponents on the road.

Shurmur paced Vanderbilt with 216 yards on 15-of-23 passing. Kalija Lipscomb had five catches for 28 yards.

Kentucky travels to Missouri on Saturday. A victory puts UK into a potential Nov. 3 showdown with Georgia for the SEC East championship, assuming the Wildcats win their conference finale Nov. 10 at Tennessee.

Vanderbilt travels to Arkansas on Saturday.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Vanderbilt   Kentucky
Jamauri Wakefield Player Benny Snell Jr.
19 Attempts 32
74 Yards 169
3.9 Avg Yards 5.3
0 Touchdowns 1
0 Long 0
Vanderbilt   Kentucky
C.J. Bolar Player Lynn Bowden Jr.
2 Receptions 3
78 Yards 18
39.0 Avg Yards 6.0
1 Touchdowns 1
0 Long 0
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Vanderbilt 284 68 216 1 0 0 0.0 1
Kentucky 298 280 18 2 0 0 4.0 3