Vaughn's 3 touchdowns spark Vandy past Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Ke'Shawn Vaughn rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns to help Vanderbilt earn its first Southeastern Conference victory of the season with a 45-31 win over Arkansas on Saturday.

Kyle Shurmur added a pair of touchdown passes to Jared Pinkney for the Commodores (4-5, 1-4), who earned their first SEC win since a victory over Tennessee to end last season.

Vaughn ran 26 times in his return after missing last week's loss to Kentucky with an injury, including a 63-yard touchdown burst for Vanderbilt's first score. He finished just short of his career-best of 180 yards rushing, set as a freshman with Illinois in 2015.

Shurmur finished 13-of-19 passing for 192 yards, and Pinkney had five catches for 93 yards and the two scores.

Rakeem Boyd ran 19 times for 113 yards for the Razorbacks (2-7, 0-5), the third time in four games the sophomore has topped the 100-yard mark in rushing.

After missing last week's game with a concussion, Arkansas quarterback Ty Storey returned and completed 23 of 36 passes for 240 yards. He also threw two touchdowns and two interceptions.

THE TAKEAWAY

Four of Vanderbilt's five losses this season are to teams ranked in the top 15. The Commodores certainly looked battle-tested while rushing for 250 yards as a team — thanks in large part to the return of Vaughn — and kept their bowl hopes alive with games remaining against Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee.

UP NEXT

Vanderbilt has a bye next week before traveling to Missouri on Nov. 10

The Razorbacks host No. 4 LSU on Nov. 10.

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