Sunday, November 11, 2001

Kentucky 56, Vanderbilt 30

Lorenzen throws for 6 TDs in UK's first SEC victory

The Associated Press

Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen (22) signals the touchdown as running back Artose Pinner (20) scores in the fourth quarter against Vanderbilt.
(AP photo)
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        NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen believes he had his best game of the season Saturday. The Highlands High grad threw for a career-high 453 yards and six touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Vanderbilt 56-30.

        The victory was the first Southeastern Conference win for first-year coach Guy Morriss and snapped a 15-game league losing streak for the Wildcats (2-7, 1-6).

        “It might have been the best (game) of my career,” Lorenzen, a Highlands High graduate, said. “This is the most touchdowns I've ever thrown, and I didn't throw any interceptions.”

        Vanderbilt (2-7, 0-6) lost in the final home game for Woody Widenhofer, who resigned Thursday effective at the end of the season.

        Two of the worst defensive teams in the nation lived up to their billing as Kentucky and Vanderbilt piled up a combined 1,125 total yards and 11 touchdowns.

        Lorenzen completed 26 of 37 passes, leading a Kentucky attack that dominated from the beginning and gained 583 total yards. The 56 points were a season-high for the Wildcats.

        “The kids have waited long enough for it,” said Morriss, whose job security for next year is in question. “They are very deserving today and played very well. It has been a long time coming.”

        Kentucky tight end Derek Smith (Highlands) had four catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, and Derek Abney had seven catches for 113 yards and two scores.

        “The kids should feel very confident about the offense,” Morriss said. “I don't think they ever doubted it. It was just a matter of time before we could bust it open, and we did.”

        The yards were piled up against a Commodores defense that was coming off a 71-13 loss to Florida a week ago and seemed two steps behind the Wildcats all day.

        “Our defense has struggled because we have been decimated by injuries,” Widenhofer said. “Our secondary is missing three starters, and against a team like Kentucky, who passes 50-60 times a game, they can exploit that weakness.”

        On the Vanderbilt offense, Greg Zolman threw for a career-high 441 yards, completing 29 of 45 passes with two touchdowns and one rushing TD. Wide receiver Dan Stricker set a career high with 12 catches for 204 yards and two touchdowns.

        Kentucky put the game away when Artose Pinner scored from a yard out with 7:02 to play, giving the Wildcats a 49-30 lead.

        The score capped a 10-play, 77-yard drive and ended Vanderbilt's chances.

        Offense dominated the game, but one of the biggest plays was made by the Kentucky defense. UK led 30-13 at halftime after linebacker Jamal White scooped up a Zolman fumble and raced 82 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter.

        “That 14-point turnaround was something we didn't recover from,” Widenhofer said.

Team   1 2 3 4     SCORE
Kentucky   13 17 13 13     56
Vanderbilt   6 7 17 0     30
Scoring Summary
1st QuarterVanderbilt Touchdown - 2-yard pass from Greg Zolman to
Dan Stricker. (kick failed). 12:00 remaining.
Kentucky Touchdown - 52-yard pass from Jared Lorenzen to
Derek Abney. (kick failed). 6:21 remaining.
Kentucky Touchdown - 43-yard pass from Jared Lorenzen to
Derek Smith. (Seth Hanson kick). 1:53 remaining.
2nd QuarterVanderbilt Touchdown - 21-yard pass from Greg Zolman to
Dan Stricker. (Chuck Folino kick). 14:05 remaining.
Kentucky Touchdown - 21-yard pass from Jared Lorenzen to
Tommy Cook. (Seth Hanson kick). 11:50 remaining.
Kentucky Field Goal - 27-yarder by Seth Hanson.
5:43 remaining.
Kentucky Touchdown - 82-yard fumble return by Jamal White.
(Seth Hanson kick). 0:59 remaining.
3rd QuarterVanderbilt Touchdown - 2-yard run by Rodney Williams.
(Jimmy Stover kick). 13:36 remaining.
Kentucky Touchdown - 51-yard pass from Jared Lorenzen to
Derek Smith. (Seth Hanson kick). 12:16 remaining.
Vanderbilt Touchdown - 1-yard run by Greg Zolman.
(Jimmy Stover kick). 9:34 remaining.
Kentucky Touchdown - 5-yard pass from Jared Lorenzen to
Derek Abney. (kick blocked). 5:40 remaining.
Vanderbilt Field Goal - 23-yarder by Jimmy Stover.
1:45 remaining.
4th QuarterKentucky Touchdown - 1-yard run by Artos Pinner.
(kick blocked). 7:02 remaining.
Kentucky Touchdown - 28-yard pass from Jared Lorenzen to
Tommy Cook. (Seth Hanson kick). 2:48 remaining.
Attendance: 32,422
Final Team StatisticsKentucky Vanderbilt
First downs 2634
Rushes-yards 30-13035-102
Passing yards 453440
Return yards 1149
Passing (Att-Comp-Int) 37-26-048-30-1
Punts-Average 2-51.03-42.7
Fumbles-Lost 1-12-2
Penalties-Yards 14-1336-42
Time of Possession 27:4832:12
Kentucky - Pinner 9-33, Johnson 6-33, Lorenzen 5-32, Scott 8-15, Boyd 1-11, Cook 1-6.
Vanderbilt - Williams 18-76, McKenzie 4-24, Walker 2-15, Stricker 1-1, Mathenia 2-1, Zolman 8-(-15).
Kentucky - Lorenzen 26-37-0, 453 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Vanderbilt - Zolman 29-45-1, 441 yards and 2 touchdowns. Walker 0-2-0, 0 yards. Young 1-1-0, -1 yards.
Kentucky - Abney 7-113, Cook 5-77, Smith 4-130, Scott 3-27, Allen 2-33, Harp 1-22, Pinner 1-20, Simms 1-15, Kelly 1-11, Boone 1-5.
Vanderbilt - Stricker 12-204, Garrett 5-58, Williams 4-102, Smith 3-38, Hasanoglu 2-12, Hatcher 1-18, Robinson 1-5, Brancheau 1-4, Zolman 1-(-1).

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