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
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.