E Kentucky 7

(3-4, 2-2 away)

Vanderbilt 19

(2-5, 2-2 home)

2:00 PM ET, October 23, 2004

Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
EKY 0 7 0 07
VAN 6 7 6 019

Top Performers

Passing: J. Greco (EKY) - 262 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: K. Doster (VAN) - 15 CAR, 117 YDS

Receiving: A. Ralston (EKY) - 7 REC, 64 YDS

Vanderbilt 19, Eastern Kentucky 7

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Kwane Doster ran for 117 yards and Jay Cutler threw for a touchdown and ran for another as Vanderbilt outlasted Division I-AA Eastern Kentucky 19-7 on Saturday.

The Commodores (2-5) were outgained by the Colonels 460 yards to 366 yards, but they were able to keep Eastern Kentucky from converting after it broke midfield.

Cutler completed 15 of 21 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. It was his fifth straight game without an interception. He also rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown.

The loss for Eastern Kentucky (3-4) snapped a three-game winning streak. C.J. Hudson had 107 rushing yards and caught a 45-yard touchdown pass for the Colonels.

Josh Greco completed 20 of 29 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown. The Commodores scored the final points of the game on the opening drive of the third quarter, going 77 yards in 11 plays before freshman Jeff Jennings ran in from a yard out.

Eastern Kentucky had one final chance to threaten Vanderbilt, but a fourth-down pass at the Vanderbilt one fell incomplete with just under six minutes remaining.

For the day, Eastern Kentucky penetrated the Vanderbilt 40 six times, but had just one touchdown to show for it. The Colonels missed two field goals and had a fumble at the Vanderbilt 35.

Cutler ran 55 yards for a touchdown with 10:44 remaining in the first half to give the Commodores the 13-7 lead. Cutler faked an option pitch to the right and sprinted through the Eastern Kentucky secondary for the longest touchdown of the season for the Commodores.

Cutler put Vanderbilt up 6-0 with a 4-yard pass to Brandon Smith in the first quarter.

The Colonels only score of the first half was a 45-yard touchdown catch and run by Hudson. Greco hit Hudson on a screen pass, and the senior broke a tackle and sprinted down the right sideline for the score, giving EKU a short-lived 7-6 lead.