Kentucky-Vanderbilt Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Vanderbilt Postgame Notes




NOV. 12, 2022                                                                                                     


FINAL SCORE: Vanderbilt 24, Kentucky 21


Team Records and Series Information

  • Kentucky remains in front in the all-time series with Vanderbilt, 48-43.

o   UK remains the leader in all-time meetings in Lexington, 25-16-2.

  • Next for Kentucky: The Wildcats host top-ranked Georgia on Saturday, Nov. 19.  The game time is 3:30 p.m. ET and it will be televised on CBS.


Team Notes

  • Kentucky celebrated its annual Salute to Veterans and also celebrated Hall of Fame Weekend.  Football’s Keenan Burton (2003-07) was one of the six Hall of Famers recognized.
  • Kentucky has limited its opponents to 24 points or less in 13 of the last 14 games, posting a 10-3 record in those contests.
    • The seven points allowed in the first half is the fourth time this season UK has held an opponent to seven or fewer points in the first half.
    • It has held three of the past four opponents to seven or less at halftime.

Player Notes

  • Quarterback Will Levis completed 11 passes on 23 attempts for 109 yards.
    • Levis now has 4,821 passing yards in his Kentucky career to remain seventh on the program’s all-time list.
      • He needs 278 more yards to move into sixth.
  • Running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. had 18 carries for 162 yards and two touchdowns rushing.
    • He recorded the 31st and 32nd touchdowns rushing of his career in the game, remaining second on Kentucky’s all-time rushing touchdowns list.
      • He recorded a season-long, 72-yard touchdown rushing on his second score of the game.
      • His two touchdowns rushing marked the eighth time in his career, and the second instance this season, he has recorded multiple touchdowns rushing in a single game.
    • This was the 19th 100-yard rushing game of his career, and the fourth in the last five games this season. He has tied Benny Snell Jr. for the school record with 19 100-yard rushing games.
    • He has combined for 554 yards and seven touchdowns rushing in four career games against Vanderbilt.
      • He had the most individual rushing yards against Vanderbilt since Benny Snell Jr. had 169 against the Commodores in 2018.
    • He has 3,473 career rushing yards to move into third on the program’s all-time career rushing list.
  • He entered the game fifth on the active career rushing yards list in FBS.
  • Senior wide receiver Tayvion Robinson had five receptions for 49 yards.
    • He extended his streak to 35 straight games with a reception.
  • Barion Brown and Dane Key have had a reception in all 10 games this season, as each freshman made one reception in the game.
  • One week after the first reception in his college career, freshman tight end Josh Kattus was second on the team with two receptions for 10 yards against Vanderbilt.
    • His two receptions in the game are a career high.
  • Junior defensive lineman Justin Rogers and junior inside linebaker D’Eryk Jackson led the team with nine tackles apiece.
    • Rogers’ nine tackles are a career best, with a previous best of four tackles by the junior.
  • Senior defensive back Keidron Smith recorded four tackles, including three solo tackles, and an interception in the second quarter.
    • The interception marked his second this season and the seventh of his career.
    • He also caused a fumble in the first quarter that was recovered by UK.
  • Junior defensive back Carrington Valentine and senior defensive back Tyrell Ajian each recorded a pass breakup in the game.
  • Kicker Matt Ruffolo improved to 231 career points, moving into sixth on Kentucky’s all-time career scoring list.
    • He connected on 47-, 27- and 39-yard field goals in the game.
    • He tied his career high with three field goals in the game. This is the fourth instance he has recorded three field goals in a game and the second instance this season.
  • Game captains: Offensive lineman Kenneth Horsey, quarterback Will Levis, running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. and linebacker J.J. Weaver.


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