2010 Vandy Commodores

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  1. billyd1esel

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    2010 Vandy Commodores

    2010 Season Opener


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    #21 Vanderbilt vs #9 USF

    A great thriller to start the season. Receiving the opening kickoff, USF marched down field and started the game off with a short run to put USF up 7-0 in the first quarter. Both defenses played tough, not allowing any big plays, as the quarter came to a close, Vanderbilt was marching towards the red zone to try to tie it.

    At the start of the 2nd, Vandy surprised the defense with a deep 30 yard bomb to Jeffers-Harris. Forcing a punt on the ensuing USF possession, Vandy did not waste any time with an option pitch to the Redshirt Freshman Warren Norman for a 50 yard TD run. At that point in the game, both punters could have headed home as they weren't needed.

    USF marched down the field behind the arm of Freshman Phenom Eric Butler. When in the red zone, Butler threw a 17 yard strike to even the game at 14-14 with minutes to go in the first half. Vandy, with their big play ability, quickly put it back in the endzone with less than a minute to go in the half. The Freshman QB threw his way back down the field with 6 seconds to go, on the 2 yard line, with 0 timeouts left. Coach Griff, surprising everyone in the stadium, called a run up the gut for a TD to tie the game 21-21 going into halftime.

    Vandy took the 2nd half kickoff and ran down field with ease and punched it in with a 30 yard QB keeper. Freshman Butler, once again, answered quickly. Throwing down the field and making the Vanderbilt secondary look like a high school defense, Butler Got inside the 10 yard line. Another run up the gut tied the game at 28-28 going into the 4th quarter.

    On the following Vandy possession, an ill-advised throw led to an interception and decent field position for USF. Wasting no time, a 53 yard bomb put USF up by 7, in the 4th quarter, and it looked as if momentum had switched sides as the Vanderbilt sideline got quiet. However, on the following kickoff, All American return-man John Cole ran 102 yards, breaking his own school record, to tie the game 35-35. The crowd went crazy as USF took the ball, and started marching down field again. It was looking as if Butler was going to ease down the field, however on a pass to the flat, CB Rich Tompkins snatched the ball out of the air and ran it back 61 yards for the go ahead TD. With a couple of minutes left, the Freshman made it clear he would not go down without a fight. He marched again down the field, and on 4th and goal, threw a 9 yard game tying TD pass to send the game into OT.

    In Overtime, USF took the ball first and punched it in rather easily, going up 49-42. On the following possession JR QB Larry Smith ran another QB keeper 16 yards for pull within 1. Seeing that this game was not going to be won by defensive play, the Commodore Coach decided to go for 2, behind the legs of his JR leader. Calling a quick option to the right, Smith looked for his RB, who was stuffed by the corner, so Smith kept the ball and try to overpower the LB for the game winning score. However, after the players moved from the pile, it was clear that he was short by not even a foot.

    Final score 49-48

    Players of the game:

    USF - Eric Butler, 470 passing yards, 3 TDs
    Vandy - Larry Smith 192 total yards, 3 TDs

    Next week:

    #21 Vandy @ #14 The 2009 BCS National Champions UCLA Bruins
     
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    Week 2

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    #24 Vanderbilt at #14 UCLA

    After a heart-breaking Overtime loss to USF, Vanderbilt limped into the state of California to play the defending BCS National Champions, #14 UCLA Bruins!!!

    UCLA received the opening kickoff and quickly could not move against the tough SEC defense. After receiving the punt, Vandy marched down the field and put up a quick 7, as QB Larry Smith walked into the end zone from 18 yards out. On the following possession, UCLA threw a tough interception, giving The Commodores good field position. Having no answer for the running game, QB Larry Smith ran another TD in from 26 yards out, ending the 1st quarter, 14-0.

    Down 14-0 UCLA attempted to march down the field, trying to spread the Vandy defense apart. This did not work either, as UCLA was forced to punt in the 2nd. After getting to the middle of the field, Vandy threw a PA pass on 1st and 10 that was caught for a 45 yard TD bomb to All-American John Cole. Down 21-0, the National Champs were on the ropes, as they could not put together anything on the offensive or defensive side of the ball.

    Panicking, the UCLA QB threw a deep bomb on 3rd down which was intercepted by All-American Safety Sean Richardson. After going 3 and out, Vandy punted the ball, which was heading inside the Bruin 5 yard line. As the ball came down, the Bruin return man attempted to grab the ball and make a play. He apparently didn't see the 2 Commodores coming right at him unblocked. Hitting the return man as soon as he touched the ball, the ball was fumbled the ball at the 5, which was picked up by Vandy for another TD, bringing the score to 28-0.

    After a decent kickoff return, UCLA quickly came to a 4th and long. With little over a minute to go, UCLA went for the 4th down and came up short. Vandy had the ball near midfield with moments to go, looked to add on to their 28 point lead before halftime. With 3 seconds to go, lining up in Hail Mary formation, the Junior QB noticed UCLA was lined up in a goal line formation. Quickly hiking the ball, he lobbed it deep and scored an easy 7, bringing the first half to an embarrassing 35-0.

    The start of the second half was very uneventful, as the Bruins knew they were outmatched in every phase of the game. They did not attempt a pass in the 2nd half, as they ran the ball non stop. No scoring took place in the 2nd half of the game, as both teams knew the inevitable.

    Final Score Vandy 35 - UCLA 0

    Players of the game:

    Vandy - QB Larry Smith 282 yards, 4 TDs
    UCLA - K Kai Forbath 5 punts 46 yrd avg, 2 inside the 20

    Next Week:

    #24 Vandy @ #10 Ole Miss
    RIVAL GAME!!
     
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    Week 3​



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    Vanderbilt (0-2) at #7 Ole Miss (1-0)​

    After a heartbreaking loss to the defending champs, Vanderbilt looked to rebound against Rival Ole Miss. Going into the 3rd week of action, this would be the 3rd consecutive opponent they've faced, that have been ranked in the top 15 of the country. Taking the challenge head on, Vanderbilt kicked the ball off, only to have the Rebels quickly put it in the end zone behind the arm of their QB Stanley.

    Not wasting any time, Vandy would option to the middle of the field, then toss a bomb to All-American John Cole for a 46 TD to tie the game 7-7 in the first quarter. With their Defense making a play, Vandy would receive the ball back quickly and add another 7 with a 7 yard QB keeper to end the first quarter 14-7 Vanderbilt.

    The start of the second was depressing for the home crowd as QB Stanley threw an interception that was ran back into Rebel territory. A 40 yard FG brought the score to 17-7, as Vanderbilt looked to be having their way with the #7 team in the country. Wasting no time, QB Stanley marched down the field on consecutive drives, putting it into the end zone twice, to bring the half to a close, 20-17 Ole Miss.


    After halftime, Vanderbilt looked to rely on their young red-shirted freshmen, as both Norman and Miller made big plays to get them into the end zone to start the second half. The Commodores defense held strong, allowing nothing in the 3rd quarter. Going into the 4th quarter, the score was 31-20 Vanderbilt. At the start of the fourth quarter, Vanderbilt forced another Turnover, turning it into 7 more points, and Mississippi could not do anything at all on offense. Ending the game on another turnover, the crowd emptied the stands.

    Vanderbilt 38
    Ole Miss 20

    Players of the game

    Vandy - QB L. Smith 7-14 190 total yards 4 TDs
    Ole Miss - QB N. Stanley 15-21 245 yards 2 TDs

    Next week:

    2 off weeks in a row to prep for a 7 game SEC battle!
     
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    Week 5

    After 2 bye weeks of game planning, Vandy hosts SEC heavyweight LSU. The day started horrible for QB Larry Smith, and went downhill. Starting the 2 opening drives with fumbles, one for a TD, and the other to the 5 yard line, LSU jumped up to a quick 14-0 lead over the Commodores. Not able to get any sort of rushing attack going, Vandy quickly suffered a 28-0 score going into the 4th. At that point, the coaching staff had to abandon the running attack altgeother. After throwing the ball 23 times, Smith walked away with 5 completions, and 5 turnovers.

    After suffering a 40-6 beatdown, Vandy looks to recover, going on the road against SEC heavyweight UGA. Should be fun!
     
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    Week 6

    After suffering an embarrassing loss to LSU, Vandy went down to Athens to run over UGA. Starting them game with an amazing TD catch by Heisman Candidate A.J. Green (rediclious catch, by the way), UGA missed the extra point and went into the 2nd quarter 6-3.

    An energetic trio of running backs ran all over UGA scoring 2 quick TDs, bringing the halftime score to 17-6. UGA closed the gap in the 3rd by putting up a TD, bringing the gap to a 1 possession score. In the 4th quarter, UGA drove down the field, about to put it in the end zone, when all of a sudden a fumble on a deep pass and catch, gave the ball to Vandy.

    Looking to run the ball out, Vandy punted the ball back to UGA, only to have Green fumble the punt, Vandy recovering, and running it in for a Commodre TD. Also, a mishandled Kick return, put UGA inside thei 5 yard line, which resulted in a Safety as well. What looked to be a classic comeback by the Bulldogs, ended up being a huge choke for Richt and his squad.

    Final score 33-19
    Next week, South Carolina
     

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