LEXINGTON — Patrick Towles threw a 20-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 1-yard run, and Kentucky made three fourth-quarter interceptions to hold off Vanderbilt 17-7 on Saturday to end a 17-game Southeastern Conference losing streak.
Though the Wildcats (3-1, 1-1) sent 56,940 away happy with their first conference win since November 2011 against Tennessee, there was no wild on-field celebration by Kentucky players after escaping the Commodores (1-4, 0-3).
All of the game’s scoring came in the first half with Towles doing the work with his arm and feet. He connected with Ryan Timmons to cap a 99-yard opening drive. He followed Austin MacGinnis’ 44-yard field goal with a 1-yard sneak just before halftime.
Kentucky’s defense preserved the win by holding the Commodores to just 57 second-half yards and 139 total.