Cats hold on, beat Vandy on the road 48-43


Posted Nov 12, 2005


The Kentucky Wildcats broke out to an early lead and seemed to be on cruise control. Rafael Little did it all for Kentucky, rushing for 198 yards, catching 5 passes for 86 yards and tacking on 88 more yards in 2 punt returns and Kentucky but a 31 point lead. The Wildcats prevailed 48-43.

The Kentucky Wildcats broke out to an early lead and seemed to be on cruise control. Rafael Little did it all for Kentucky, rushing for 198 yards, catching  5 passes for 86 yards and tacking on 88 more yards in 2 punt returns and Kentucky but a 31 point lead. But Vanderbilt would make a valiant comeback, falling just short. The Wildcats prevailed 48-43.

Vandy actually drew first blood in the first quarter off a 33-yard Bryant Hahnfeldt FG.  But the Wildcats scored three 1st-quarter touchdowns behind TD rushes by Arliss Beach and Andre Woodson, opening a 21-3 Wildcat lead.

The Wildcats would extend the lead to 34-3 before Commodore quarterback connected with Earl Bennett for a 13-yard TD pass to pull the Dores to within 34-10 at the half.  In the third quarter the Wildcats would continue where they left off, building the lead to 48—17 behind a 65-uard TD run by Rafael Little.

But then the wheels would begin to come off for the Wildcats as the Kentucky defense began to run out of gas. First Cassen Garrison would score on a 35 yard run to pull Vandy to within 48-24. Then Cutler would connect with Bennett on three consecutive TD passes to pull the score to 48-43.  But the Wildcats would hang on to a narrow road victory.

For the Wildcats, Little dominated play. Quarterback Andre Woodson would complete 12-20 in passing for 155 yards.



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