By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky managed to beat Vanderbilt 20-13 Saturday mainly because it was able to run for over 250 yards against a defense that could not consistently stop any of UK’s running backs.
“I thought we didn’t control the line of scrimmage when we needed to. I thought Kentucky did a great job all day of running the football,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. “Late in the ballgame, when we needed to get them off the field, we didn’t.
“They kept running Wildcat. It’s very effective when you have to play 11-man football and you have to take your safety up the middle and get in the box and help control the line of scrimmage. I thought we got knocked off the ball up front.”
Vanderbilt defensive lineman Adam Butler said it was “both execution and poor tackling” that led to UK’s rushing success.
“This team does mainly focus on the run, but they also will do quick passes left or right and it’s important that those guys pay attention to that stuff so they can trigger to that as well as the run. So, I feel like we should’ve made the adjustment to trigger faster throughout the game,” Butler said.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is just glad his team is becoming more physical on both offense and defense.
“Without the physicality we wouldn’t have had any chance to win this game tonight. So it definitely is helping,” Stoops said after the win. “Now we got to polish it up and start attacking and throwing the ball down the field. We got good wide outs that I’m sure are going to want the ball and we got to get it to them and loosen some things up, but the toughness on both sides of the ball and the attitude and the belief, if you didn’t have it, then we wouldn’t have won that game. So it’s a big piece of it.”