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Sep 27, 2014; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats safety Ashely Lowery (5) reacts during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first half at Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 17-7. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

13. Kentucky Wildcats (3-1, 1-1 SEC)

Last Week: Beat Vanderbilt 17-7

The Kentucky Wildcats had not won a game against a Southeastern Conference opponent since 2011, so they’ll take a 17-7 victory over Vanderbilt. However, the way the Wildcats played in Lexington Saturday won’t be good enough to beat anyone else on their remaining SEC slate.

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Patrick Towles completed 23 of 30 passing attempts for 201 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Towles also found the end zone on the ground, but ended with just three yards rushing. The Wildcats as a team had 183 rushing yards, but they lost two fumbles during the game as well.

Defensively, Kentucky stifled the Commodores all day. Vanderbilt managed to gain just 139 yards of total offense, including 85 passing yards by Wade Freebeck, who was intercepted three times. UK was at their best on third down, holding Vanderbilt to only two conversions in 12 opportunities.

With three wins in four games, the Wildcats are half way to bowl eligibility. They are likely to beat UL Monroe on October 11, but are probably going to be underdogs in the rest of their games – beginning next week when the South Carolina Gamecocks come to town.

Next Week: vs. South Carolina