The Vanderbilt Commodore fell to Kentucky 44-21 on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium. Prior to the game Vandymania.com established three keys to a Commodore victory. We will now review those three keys.
1) KEEP JOHNSON IN CHECK - PUSH
Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson didn't have one of his best days as a Wildcat but it wasn't because of the Vandy defense. His offense clicked the entire game. Benny Snell, for instance, ran for 116 yards on 17 carries. On one play Snell elude five different Commodore tacklers to gain 38 yards. In all, Kentucky rushers scored six touchdowns on the 'Dores. Just like Johnson didn't need to use his feet to gain yards for the Cats, he also didn't have to pass much but when he did he was effective. He completed 13 of 17 passes for 195 yards and was sacked just once. Wide receiver Garrett Johnson had six catches for 76 yards. Lynn Bowden Jr. has another three catches for 79 yards.
2) WEBB HAS BIG GAME - PUSH
Vanderbilt running back Ralph Webb had nine carries for 70 yards. He also caught three passes for 17 yards. Webb had a decent game but it was far from a big game.
3) SPECIAL TEAMS SHINE - FAIL
Vandy's special teams did some things well. Sam Loy had a nice day punting and downed one on the UK 1-yard-line. Tommy Openshaw attempted no field goals so no problem there. He made all three of his extra point attempts. A player named Lynn Bowden Jr. had a 93-yard kickoff return. Oh, he doesn't play for Vandy, he plays for the University of Kentucky. Special teams must be near perfect to get a pass. FAIL.