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Wildcat Quickies: Vandy Victory Edition

Kentucky beats Vanderbilt, the Cubs win Game 2 and more.

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NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning BBN, these are your Sunday morning quickies. The Kentucky Wildcats took a step closer to bowl eligibility with a win over the Vanderbilt Commodores yesterday evening. The 20-13 win put the Cats at 3-3, and revealed a number of things, including just how good the running game is. It also showed that the defense is continuing to get better, as they kept Vanderbilt from scoring a single offensive touchdown. It also showed that the passing game is struggling without Drew Barker, but with the running game excelling and Stephen Johnson showing dual threat ability, UK didn’t need the passing game. Kentucky is on a bye, but will come back with a game against Mississippi State, a win they need badly.

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Your quickies

Staying the course, UK edges Vandy to reach halfway mark of season
A win is a win in the SEC. After UK's season looked lost just two weeks into the season, UK is now back to .500 and right back in postseason contention.

Instant analysis of the win over Vandy - Herald-Leader

The Herald breaks down how the game was won, hands out some praise and looks ahead to Mississippi St.

Strong ground game helps the Cats survive - WHAS 11 ABC

It was the running game that carried Kentucky past Vanderbilt, scoring touchdowns and killing clock when needed.

Kentucky’s bowl path open after win - WDRB

Yesterday’s win was more of a must-win than any game on the schedule. It was well-known that everything would go downhill if Kentucky lost to Vandy. They got the job done, and they live to fight another day.

Game Rewind - Courier-Journal

CJ breaks down how the game was won by the Cats.

Kentucky not ready to reassess Drew Barker - SEC Country

Judging by Stoops’ comment, it doesn’t seem that Barker is any closer to returning.

Stephen Johnson admits he was off - SEC Country

Johnson admits that he was missing open throws, and the passing game was struggling.

Other sports news

Texas A&M is a real threat - Bleacher Report

With a win over Tennessee, Texas A&M looks incredible. They’re undefeated, and they look like they may be the team most capable of beating Alabama.

Navy shocks the country, upsets Houston - USA Today

The Cougars have virtually no chance of making the college football playoff after this loss.

Paxton Lynch will start for Broncos - Denver Post

The rookie quarterback will start for the injured Trevor Siemian.

Best bloopers from Notre Dame vs. NC State - SB Nation

Notre Dame - NC State was played in the middle of a hurricane, and that led to some really bad football (also, Notre Dame is free-falling at this point).

Michigan beat Rutgers 78-0 - Maize N Brew

Jim Harbaugh showed no mercy this week.

Cubs beat Giants 5-2 - CBS

The Chicago Cubs now have a commanding series lead as they head to San Francisco.

Other news

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Hurricane Matthew moves into South Carolina - CNN