LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's Shane Boyd threw a 25-yard
touchdown pass to Glenn Holt with 1:39 left, lifting the Wildcats
past Vanderbilt 14-13 on Saturday.
Kentucky (2-8, 1-6 Southeastern Conference) snapped a seven-game
losing streak. Boyd and Holt connected for two fourth-quarter
touchdowns against the Commodores (2-8, 1-6), who just missed
recording what would have been their first SEC road win in four
Vanderbilt led 13-0 entering the fourth quarter, but a 52-yard
run by Kentucky tailback Arliss Beach led to a 7-yard touchdown
pass from Boyd to Holt with 12:12 left.
Kentucky walk-on Dennis Johnson blocked a Vanderbilt punt with
5:35 left, giving the Wildcats possession at the Vanderbilt 20, but
the Commodores stopped Kentucky on downs at the 10 with 4:29 left.
Vanderbilt couldn't manage a first down and punted again, giving
the Wildcats the ball at the Vanderbilt 36 with 2:44 left.
It took Kentucky four plays to score. Boyd, being rushed, lobbed
the ball into the back of the end zone. Holt, who caught nine
passes for 87 yards, outmaneuvered cornerback Dominique Morris for
Taylor Begley's extra point gave the Wildcats the lead.
Vanderbilt reached the 50 on its subsequent possession, but an
intentional grounding penalty on Jay Cutler cost the Commodores 15
yards. Three incompletions later, the Wildcats took over with 36
Vanderbilt had one final chance, from deep in its own territory
with 5 seconds left, but Cutler's long pass sailed incomplete.
Cutler finished 16-of-32 for 202 yards.
Boyd, a senior who almost lost his starting job during the week
leading up to the game, completed 13 of 23 passes for 80 yards. He
had thrown only three touchdown passes this season before Saturday.
For the first time all season, Kentucky did not commit a
The Commodores scored on the opening drive of the second half on
a 13-yard touchdown pass from Cutler to Chris Young, but Patrick
Johnson's extra-point attempt went wide left -- which proved to be
the difference in the game.
Vanderbilt led 7-0 at halftime, thanks to a seven-play, 71-yard
touchdown drive. Jeff Jennings scored on a 1-yard run early in the
Begley missed field goal attempts of 35 and 47 yards, while
Johnson had a 21-yard attempt blocked by Kentucky's Lonnell DeWalt.
It was the fifth block of the season for DeWalt, a 6-6 freshman.