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Wildcats use grinding ground game to slam door on the Vanderbilt Commodores, 38-14, in Nashville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky moved within one game be becoming bowl eligible for the fourth straight season with a 38-14 win over Vanderbilt in its Southeastern Conference finale Saturday in Nashville. Coming off a disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee last week, the Wildcats fell behind 14-3 after the Commodores scooped up an A.J. Rose fumble and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown at...

Snell’s late touchdown sends No. 14 Kentucky to a 14-7 win over Vandy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Not even the wind could stop Benny Snell. Neither could Vanderbilt. The Kentucky junior running back rushed for 169 yards and scored a touchdown to lead No. 14 Kentucky to a 14-7 win over the struggling Commodores Saturday night. Snell’s go-ahead touchdown with eight minutes remaining broke a 7-7 deadlock and gave the Wildcats their third straight victory over Vanderbilt....

Stoops, Cats set to kick off second half of season against hungry Vandy

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 169 yards and scored a touchdown to lead the Wildcats to a 14-7 win over Vanderbilt Saturday night. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops hasn’t forgotten how Kentucky opened the second half of the season last year. The Wildcats (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) returned from a bye week and dropped a disappointing 45-7 setback...

Wildcats used bye week to rest, get healthy, get a jump on Vandy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops took a break from football last weekend but kept tabs on other college football teams during Kentucky’s only bye week of the season. “It was a wild weekend that’s for sure,” Stoops said, referring to Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU and Tennessee’s 30-24 triumph over Auburn. “It was good to sit there and be stress-free for a day. I enjoyed that. You...

C.M. Newton left a lasting impact on former Vanderbilt star and Mr. Basketball Phil Cox

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Phil Cox has never forgotten the impact C.M. Newton made on his life during his collegiate playing career at Vanderbilt. “Coach Newton was a true gentleman and a very caring individual,” said Cox, who currently serves as middle school principal in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. “Coach Newton took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to participate as...

Former Kentucky Athletics Director C.M. Newton dies at age 88

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky athletics department lost an icon Monday night when former Athletics Director C.M. Newton died at age 88 following a long illness. Newton coached at Transylvania, then went to Alabama and closed out his collegiate coaching career at Vanderbilt. Following his stint with the Commodores, took over the helm of the athletics department at Kentucky,...

Calipari: Cats will have to ‘fight like heck’ in order to win SEC Tournament

Kentucky coach John Calipari talks to guard Quade Green during a game earlier this seaoson at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats open play in the SEC Tournament Friday in Saint Louis. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference race came down to Auburn and Tennessee and John Calipari expects those two teams to be among the favorites when the league tournament begins...

Green’s layup gives No. 21 Kentucky 83-81 win over Vanderbilt in overtime

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky had a hard time getting over its win over West Virginia and nearly had a costly letdown against Vanderbilt. Similar to an 83-76 win over Mountaineers last weekend in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, the No. 21 Wildcats had to overcome a big second-half deficit for an 83-81 triumph in overtime over the Commodores, who gained a dose of confidence of their own with an...

Surging Wildcats regain swagger, but Calipari doesn’t want Cats to become arrogant

Kevin Knox and the Wildcats will take on Vanderbilt in a 9 p.m. tipoff Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. Knox was named SEC Freshman of the Week Monday. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has regained its swagger, but John Calipari doesn’t want his team to become complacent following an 83-76 win at West Virginia that propelled the Wildcats back into the rankings. “You...

Kentucky shows poise down the stretch in 74-67 win over Vanderbilt

Kentucky’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Wenyen Gabriel and Kevin Knox celebrate a win over Vandy Saturday in Nashville (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is getting used to life on the road. The Wildcats (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) notched their second conference road victory in three tries Saturday with a 74-67 win over Vanderbilt at Memorial Gym....

Wildcats stay ahead of impending winter storm, arrive at Vandy one day early

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander goes up for a shot in a win over Texas A&M earlier this week. The Wildcats are scheduled to take on Vanderbilt Saturday in Nashville. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky tweaked its routine ahead of a winter storm and departed for Nashville one day earlier than planned. The Wildcats left Lexington Thursday night to prepare for Saturday’s...

Cats bounce back, roll past Vandy for seventh victory of the season

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 44-21 rout of Vanderbilt Saturday in Nashville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the first time in eight years, Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt in Nashville. The Wildcats not only got a rare victory in Music City, but beat the Commodores soundly Saturday. Kentucky (7-3, 4-3 Southeastern...

Stoops expecting another close encounter against Commodores Saturday in Nashville

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is 2-2 against Vanderbilt and has yet to defeat the Commodores in Nashville, where the Wildcats haven’t won in eight years. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt is winless in the Southeastern Conference. Although the Commodores are 0-5 in the league, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops expects a close encounter Saturday in Nashville. “Like always,...

Stoops sees silver lining ahead for Wildcats amid disappointing loss to Ole Miss

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops answers questions during his weekly press conference Monday. The Wildcats take on Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. Saturday in Nashville. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops admitted last Saturday’s 37-34 loss to Mississippi wasn’t easy to swallow, but after reviewing the loss on film, Stoops feels better about his team’s chances going into...

Keith Taylor: Blue-collar Cats fight, stick together to overcome gritty Vandy on senior night

A senior night ceremony and engagement proposal provided enough stress for Kentucky during its home finale Tuesday night. Throw in a determined Vanderbilt team trying to muscle its way into an NCAA Tournament in the mix and there was a recipe for disaster. It took pure toughness — the same blue-collar effort seniors Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder have displayed during their respective...

Epps leads UK women past Vandy, moves into 5th-place on school’s all-time scoring list

Makayla Epps moved into fifth place on Kentucky’s career scoring list as the 25th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Vanderbilt 71-63 on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. “We needed a victory today and we needed to earn it and we are just really, really happy to bounce back after a tough loss on Thursday,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “That is a tough team. They really play...

Keith Taylor: Wildcats prove they can succeed in the half-court with grinding win over Vandy

NASHVILLE — Kentucky has proved it can win in a fast-paced environment and pull off the same feat when other teams get rough and tough. The Wildcats also proved it doesn’t take speed and quickness to wear down the opposition. Host Vanderbilt forced the Wildcats into a half-court tangle Tuesday night and Kentucky showed it was capable of succeeding while playing at a much slower pace in an 87-81...

Hawkins putting in extra work, wants to ‘leave it all on the floor’ as UK career winds down

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Dominique Hawkins knows his time at Kentucky is winding down and is taking advantage of his last tour of duty with the Wildcats. “I have a few more months here and I just want to leave it all on the floor,” Hawkins said Monday ahead of Kentucky’s contest at Vanderbilt set for Tuesday. UK guard Dominique Hawkins is in his last semester with the Wildcats...

Keith Taylor: Staying the course, Kentucky holds off Vandy to reach halfway mark of season

After Kentucky opened the season with two straight losses, Mark Stoops didn’t want the Wildcats to chart a new path. “I told them to stay the course,” he said after the Wildcats closed out the first half of a season with a 20-13 victory over Vanderbilt Saturday. “I said, every son of a gun outside of this room right here will be attacking you and me. Put your head down, do your job and go to...

Stoops says UK ‘in a good spot’ going into must-win showdown against SEC East foe Vanderbilt

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer As bad as last year’s 21-17 loss to Vanderbilt bothered Mark Stoops, the Kentucky coach hasn’t spent much time giving his team a short history lesson this week. “We don’t talk about it much,” Stoops said Thursday. “I referenced it because somebody asked me a question about it (earlier this week). I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother...