LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Stephen Johnson rushed for a touchdown and converted a big fourth-and-1 play late in the game leading to Austin MacGinnis 28-yard field goal, while the Wildcats defense stifled Vanderbilt late to survive with a 20-13 victory on Saturday.Needing a spark to slow Vanderbilts momentum after scoring 10 straight points, the Wildcats turned to their ground game led by Benny Snell Jr. (20 carries, 94 yards) and Jojo Kemp with just under 8 minutes remaining. The duo positioned Kentucky to cash in a third and final time on fourth down as Johnson stretched for 1 yard to the Commodores 19.Kentucky didnt take a chance on a final fourth-and-1 at the 10, and MacGinnis kick with 1:38 left provided a cushion that proved huge as Vanderbilt, with no timeouts, quickly drove 59 yards to the 8 seeking at least a tie. But several passes by Vandys Kyle Shurmur were incomplete, including a fourth-down attempt that went off Kalija Lipscombs hands with 2 seconds left.Kentucky (3-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) is now halfway toward its goal of a postseason berth. Vanderbilt (2-4, 0-3 SEC) fell short in its quest to give coach Derek Mason his first conference road win.Kemp added a 4-yard TD run for the Wildcats. Kemp, Johnson and Stanley Boom Williams each ran for at least 54 yards as Kentucky gained 258 on 52 attempts.Most importantly, the Wildcats made huge, timely plays when needed on both sides of the ball to protect a lead that seemed in doubt as the Commodores tried to rally from a 17-3 halftime deficit.I told them that there was no way in heck that this wasnt going to come down to being a close game, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. I knew theyd hang in there somehow and make a play, get a turnover, make something happen. And thats what happened.Vanderbilts only TD came on Taurean Fergusons 22-yard fumble return early in the third quarter.Commodores running back and SEC rushing leader Ralph Webb had 100 yards on 18 carries and Shurmur completed 17 of 29 passes for 141 yards, but he couldnt get the completion he needed late in the game.THE TAKEAWAYVanderbilt: The Commodores seemed poised to overcome Kentucky behind Webb but stalled on the next drive after getting within 17-13 on Tommy Openshaws second field goal early in the fourth quarter. They converted just 3 of 12 third-down opportunities and couldnt slow the Wildcats ground game.Kentucky: The Wildcats wobbled in the third period with two turnovers but outgained Vanderbilt 307-282. More importantly, they were 3-for-3 on fourth-and-1 and stopped the Commodores on their own fourth-and-1. Johnson offset a tough day throwing the ball (10 of 24, 49 yards, one interception) by running well and getting plenty of help from Kemp and Williams.UP NEXTVanderbilt: The Commodores hit the road for the fourth time in five games as they visit Georgia on Saturday.Kentucky: The Wildcats have a bye before hosting Mississippi State on Oct. 22.---AP College Football: collegefootball.ap.org---Gary B. Graves on Twitter: www.twitter.com/GaryBGraves Stitched NFL Jerseys . - Levi Browns tenure at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers is over before it even began. Cheap Super Bowl Jerseys . The head of USA Boxing came out swinging Tuesday with an open letter to Tyson -- a former Olympic hopeful himself -- that accuses the former heavyweight champion of trying to poach fighters who might be candidates for the U. http://www.cheapjerseyschinanfl.com/ . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. 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Coach Ernie Kent was on the opposite side of the court, seated next to Idaho coach Don Verlin.Both coaches lost their fathers to cancer, so when Verlin donated a Coach for a Day package to an auction for Coaches vs. Cancer, Kent beat out other bidders and chose to spend the first 30 seconds of the game on Idahos bench.I dont think anybodys ever seen that anywhere in the country, where opposing coaches stood on one side of the field, sat on another teams bench, sat in another teams dugout, Kent said. But thats not the importance of what transpired. It was the fact that you have coaches, again coaches, standing up for such a worthy cause.Kent said it ranked near the top of his favorite coaching memories, as it brought awareness to trying to find a cure for cancer.Kents Washington State team beat cross-border rival Idaho 61-48 on Wednesday night in the 271st meeting.Ike Iroegbu had 16 points and seven rebounds for Washington State (5-4), which scored the first four points of the game, never trailed and led by 18 in the second half. Malachi Flynn added 12 points before getting into foul trouble and the Cougars shot 39 percent from the field. Josh Hawkinson had his 47th career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.Washington State snapped a two-game losing streak to the Vandals in the oldest continuous rivalry west of the Mississippi.Idaho (4-4), coming off a win against UC Davis, shot 26 percent from the field. Victor Sanders lead the Vandals with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting.Down 11 points at the half, the Vandals never gott within single digits in the second half as they went seven minutes without scoring.ddddddddddddWashington State also went scoreless for five-plus minutes after halftime.Idaho turned it over 14 times but grabbed 20 offensive rebounds. Verlin said the teams biggest issue was not being able to score.Just missed a bunch of shots. You gotta give credit to Washington State, Verlin said. Their defenses size really bothered us around the basket. We just didnt score our ball the way we needed to tonight.The all-time series record belongs to the Cougars, who have won 162 meetings compared to Idahos 109.Those games are always the fun games, you know, Iroegbu said. Especially UW, Idaho, Gonzaga, those are the games where you see your schedule come out every year and you circle them, get ready for that one. And when youre in the gym by yourself, those are the teams you think about playing, one of those three teams here at Washington State. These rivalry games are really important to us.BIG PICTUREWashington State: The Cougars ended a four-game home stand with two wins and two losses, and have three games left before conference play begins. After coming in last place in the Pac-12 last season, the Cougars are looking to put together some momentum before they face Washington to open conference play.UP NEXTIdaho: The Vandals will continue their road trip and play at South Dakota State on Dec. 10. They have two games left before conference play.Washington State: The Cougars will travel to face the Big 12s Kansas State. 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