The loss dealt a severe blow to Vanderbilt’s bowl hopes. The Commodores have not been to a bowl since appearing in the Hall Fame Bowl in 1982. Vanderbilt must now either win at Tennessee next week or defeat Wake Forest at home in the season finale to become bowl eligible. Because of the large number of bowl eligible teams in the SEC this year, Vandy will likely need to win both of those games to get to a bowl.
Lones Seiber's 38-yard field goal gave Kentucky an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter.
After an outstanding Commodore defensive stand, Vanderbilt's Mackenzi Adams completed a 14-yard scoring pass to Sean Walker to put the home team in front, 7-3.
Kentucky quickly answered the Vanderbilt score as Woodson connected with Steve Johnson for a 55-yard touchdown pass that gave the Wildcats back the lead, 10-7.
Vanderbilt's Adams hooked up with Jake Bradford for a 30 yard scoring pass to put Vanderbilt up 13-10 with 4:39 remaining in the half. Vanderbilt's Bryant Hahnfeldt missed the extra point attempt.
After a block in the back penalty negated a long Jared Hawkins run into Kentucky territory, the Wildcats got the ball back and quickly drove into field goal range. Lones Seiber made his second field goal of the day, this time from 48 yards, to tie the game at 13 at the half.
Kentucky wasted no time regaining the lead in the second half. Woodson led his team on a 13 play, 78-yard drive which culminated on a Maurice Grinter 1-yard scoring run to put the 'cats back up 20-13.
Vanderbilt drove to the Kentucky 15-yard-line but Vandy's scoring opportunity was snuffed when Hahnfeldt missed a 33-yard field goal. It was his second missed field goal of the day after missing another in the first half.
A tough defensive stand by Vanderbilt gave the ball back to the Commodores. Adams drove Vanderbilt 82 yards in 11 plays to tie the game at 20 with 5:35 remaining in the game. Adams scored the tying touchdown on a 7-yard run up the middle.
However, Kentucky quickly answered the Commodore score by driving 51-yards in 6 plays before the freshman Locke scored the winning touchdown. Vanderbilt and Adams drove to the Kentucky 20 before, Adams who was playing injured, threw the ball incomplete into the end zone.
Vanderbilt's Earl Bennett finished the game with 8 catches for 69 yards. Cassen Jackson-Garrison ran the ball 11 times for 82 yards. Adams completed 20 of 31 passes for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The two teams were plagued by penalties throughout the day combining for 21 total penalties for 187 yards.
Vanderbilt’s Jared Hawkins was taken from the field on a cart after a late Kentucky hit. It appeared that Hawkins was suffering from a concussion. Hawkins gained 50 yards rushing during the game.
Vanderbilt evens their overall record at 5-5 (2-5 SEC). Vanderbilt travels to Tennessee on Saturday. Commodore head coach Bobby Johnson fell to 5-21 in games decided by 7 points or less. Kentucky improves to 7-3 (3-3 SEC). The Wildcats visit Georgia next.