2011 Vanderbilt Commodores - Game Summaries

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    2011 Vanderbilt Commodores - Game Summaries

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    Date Opponent Result Record
    August 27th Army (W) 37-3 1-0
    September 3rd Connecticut (W) 24-21 2-0
    September 10th Arkansas (W) 42-25 3-0
    September 29th Ole Miss (W) 42-39 4-0
    October 8th Georgia (L) 6-24 4-1
    October 15th @South Carolina (L) 24-29 4-2
    October 22nd @Alabama (L) 3-66 4-3
    October 29th @Florida (L) 14-44 4-4
    November 5th Kentucky (W) 31-15 5-4
    November 12th @Wake Forest (W) 31-15 6-4
    November 19th @Tennessee (W) 26-0 7-4
    November 26th Maryland (W) 28-27 8-4

     
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    August 26th - Army
    Vanderbilt rolled to a 37-3 win against one of the few teams that Vanderbilt is favored to beat this year. Warren Norman was impressive, tallying 104 yards rushing in 2 1/2 quarters before the dogs were called off and the second teamers brought in with the score at 34-3 midway through the third quarter. Vandy QB Larry Smith was also impressive, effectively distributing the ball (12-17) while passing for 220 yards and 1 TD. The Commodore "D" was also effective, limiting Army to 1.0 yards/carry and only giving up 243 total yards. It was a good start for the 1st year coach but tougher tests surely loom on the horizon.
     
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    September 3rd - Connecticut
    A nailbiter from start to finish. Connecticut started the scoring first going up 7-0 with 1:10 left in the first quarter. Early on Vanderbilt failed to establish a consistent running game and backup QB Jordan Rodgers, forced into action due to an injury suffered by starter Larry Smith, threw two interceptions after being forced into obvious passing situations.
    Vanderbilt got on the board with 39 yard Ryan Fowler field goal with 1:45 to go in the half. Then with 44 seconds left in the half, Vanderbilt seized the momentum of the game with an 80 yard pass to speedy tight end Brandon Barden on a flag route to cap off the first half.
    After a quick stop, Vandy got the passing game going again with a 33 yard strike Jamie Graham to put Vandy up 17-7 with 5:00 left in the third. Vandy would also score on its next possession, with a 1 yard TD run by Warren Norman who was largely kept in check with 63 yards rushing on 19 carries (3.3 yards/carry) to put Vandy up 24-7.
    Employing a hurry up offense, Connecticut cut the lead to 24-14 with 7:38 in the fourth. On the ensuing drive, Vanderbilt receivers dropped key balls that would have kept the drive alive. Connecticut then, once again, used their hurry up offense and pushed the ball right down the field and scored to the lead to 24-21. Commodore fans everywhere panicked having seen this script before where the underdog Commodores fight valiantly only to lose a close game to a better team at the last minute.
    The teams then traded punts as neither offense could sustain a drive. Receiving the ball with 2:04 to go, Vanderbilt picked up two first downs before being able to go into victory formation to kill the clock.
    Although the team improves to 2-0, fans are understandably concerned about the loss of dual threat QB Larry Smith. Although backup QB Rodgers is serviceable, it is hoped that Smith will be able to return following Vandy's unusual back-to-back bye weeks.
     
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    September 10th - #9 Arkansas
    A monumental upset for the new coach and his previously struggling program. Vandy started off slow, promptly turning the ballover with a fumble by QB Rodgers. AVandy however capitalized on a Arkansas fumble and returned it 80 yards to go up 7-0. Arkansas roared back, however, scoring touchdowns on each of its next to drives to go up 13-7 (missed XP, one of three on the day for the Arkansas kicker). The momentum of the game swung back and forth, with Vandy's defense coming up with critical stops and turnovers (4) to kill off long sustained Arkansas drives. Meanwhile Vandy's running game was non-existant (RB Norman 16-63, 3.9 YPC) allowing the Arkansas D to tee off on the backup Vandy QB who had problems with his accuracy (17-36-348-4-1). Nevertheless, the four Arkansas turnovers were too much to recover from in front of the hostile Vandy crowd and Arkansas fell to the Commodores 42-25.
     
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    September 29th - Ole Miss
    This rivalry rarely disappoints and this year's game was no exception as the commodores outlasted the rebels 42-39. Vandy jumped out to an early 14-0 1st quarter lead as the defense got a quick stop and a red zone turnover while the offense twice marched down the field.
    Ole Miss fought back, capitalizing on two Larry Smith drive killing interceptions (21-28 339 yds 3 td 3 int) to take a 21-14 lead midway through the third. Vandy rallied behind Warren Norman (20-194-3 TDs-9.7 avg) and in the end the Vandy run game was too much for the visiting Rebels.

    Students and alumni are estatic as Vandy is now only 2 wins away from bowl eligibility. The coach vowed to work on the pass defense and blitz schemes as the Commodores were torched for 408 passing yards and 4 td passes.
     
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    October 8 - Georgia
    In order for Vandy to beat teams with better talent Vandy must play smart, limit turnovers and play good defense. Vandy did none of these things in this game. Vandy's red zone came up with only two field goals in three trips and turned the ball over five times. The game was competitive unil the middle of the fourth quarter, when trailing by 11, a QB-Larry Smith fumble on a rollout killed an impressive Vandy drive and was promptly run back to put Georgia up for good.
     
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    October 15th - @South Carolina
    Vandy started off this game in impressive fashion - the Defense dominated and the offense put together a few impressive drives, and going into the fourth quarter Vandy led 24-0. Vandy's defense, however, simply had no answer for the South Carolina no huddle offense, and South Carolina put up four long drives as QB-Brindise repeatedly torched the commodore defense.
    Some criticize the Vandy offense for getting too conservative - but most of such criticism is misplaced as South Carolina was aided by a fumble on a kickoff and several QB-Larry Smith overthrows. RB-Warren Norman had another impressive game (21-142-2 TDs-6.7avg). Simply put, with their backs to the wall, South Carolina was able to come up with a few key stops down the stretch and then pass at will against the beleagured Commodore secondary.
     
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    October 22nd - @#1 Alabama
    Vandy fell for the second game in a row - fans and alumni are quickly jumping off of the "this year is different bandwagon". The less that is remembered about this game the better. Alabama jumped out to a quick 21-3 first quarter lead and never looked back. Alabama rushed for 380 yards and dominated total offense 585-238 and turnover advantage 3-1. The only bright spot for Vandy was the pass defense which forced Alabama to a low completion percentage, 10-27, 1 td, 205 yards. Offensively, Vandy couldn't run the ball effectively, 15-78, and QB Larry Smith was atrocious, 9-40-136, 0 td, 1 int.
     
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    October 29th - @#19 Florida
    Vandy dropped its third consecutive game and the alumni are starting to turn up the heat on the new coach for squandering the opportunity to go to a bowl game. This one really wasn't a contest as Florida led 24-0 at halftime and easily coasted to a 44-14 win. For the second consecutive game the Vandy running game was MIA, Warren Norman 17-62 3.6 avg, and QB Larry Smith continued where he left off at Alabama, 13-46, 272, 1 td, 4 ints. The coach has confirmed that Smith is still the starter but those close to the program said they wouldn't be surprised if he is replaced if he continues to perform poorly.
     
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    November 5 - Kentucky
    After three straight road games against teams with superior talent, Vandy returned home to play an evenly matched Kentucky team. Things started off slowly for the Commodores who fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter on a 41 yard td pass. Vandy, however, summoned an inner strength absent for the three previous games, and rallied to score 31 straight points. Kentucky scored a garbage time touchdown to make the score appear closer but this was truly a win that could turn around this program's confidence. Vandy dominated the total offense, 403-208 and was able to dominate Kentucky on the ground (RB Warren Norman, 29-128, 2 tds). Larry Smith continued to struggle, 7-20, 201 yds, 1 td, 2 ints. As the team turns its attention to a pivotal matchup with Wake Forest, the coach has vowed to cut down on the turnovers that continue to plague the team.
     
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    November 12th - @ Wake Forest
    Vanderbilt continued its winning streak with a road victory at Wake Forest. The game was close initially, as the Defenses dominated, but Vandy scored a touchdown with 1:45 to play in the first half to grab a 10-0 lead. Ultimately, the game was won by Vandy's defense who managed to get good pressure on the Wake QB while still holding him to only 17-30, 1 tds, 164 yards. The run defense was also outstanding, holding Wake Forest to negative yardage (including sacks). Vandy's offense turned in a good showing as the both the running game and passing game was clicking (194 pass, 207 rush). Wake made a game of it late, returning a kickoff to pull within 16 points but they were unable to stop the Vandy run game which was able to chew some significant clock down the stretch.
     
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    November 19th - @Tennessee
    Vandy extended its winning streak to three games as the Commodores won for the 2 time in Knoxvilled since 1982. The game was a Defensive struggle throughout and Vandy only managed 132 yards on offense to Tennessee's 182. Both teams were misfiring on offense early, but Vandy had two impressive drives stall in Tennessee territory and had to settle for field goals for a 6-0 first half lead. Then, Tennessee turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions, two on kickoffs, and Vandy turned it into 17 second half points to grab a dominating lead.
     
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    November 26th - Maryland
    Vandy closed out the season with in sa big home win over the #22 Terps, 28-27. The fans charged the field as Vandy posted its firs 8 win season since 1982. The game ball was awarded the entire defense which was able to bend but not break, allowing only 2 Maryland Offensive touchdowns but forcing two field goals (Maryland red zone, 0 tds, 1 fg, 2 attempts). The Vandy offense, however, was its own worst enemy, turning the ball over four seaparate times. QB Larry Smith remains a controversial figure as his upside (15-24-242-2 tds) continues to be balanced by his errratic decisionmaking (3 picks). Perhaps the play of the game occurred immediately followed Smith's 3rd pick. Vandy's attacking defense (7 sacks) stymied several Maryland drives. Trailing 28-27, Vandy kicked off with only 23 seconds to play. Despite playing a deep shell, Maryland was able to march right down the field on successive long passes. It was only a late sack that sealed the game as Vandy forced Maryland outside of field goal range with only 5 seconds to play.
     
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    Season Recap
    2011 was really a tale of three seasons for Vandy, as the Commodores close the season out just as it began, with a four game winning streak. The only thing holding this team back was the brutal middle stretch of the season in which the Commodores lost 3 tough road games agains Alabama, Florida and South Carolina and lost a winnable game at home to Georgia.
    Warren Norman led the offense, with 1331 yards rushing (5.7 avg) and 16 rushing TDs, doubling last year's 8. QB Larry Smith regressed a bit, as completion percentaged dipped (44.8%) and the interceptions continued to be an issue (18 ints, 10 tds).
    Overall, it seems the Commodores have "learned how to win" under the new head coach, winning three games by three points or less and blowing only one game (@South Carolina). Given the school's battered prestige before the season, the new coach has assembled an impressive (by Vandy standards) recruiting class that is both numerous and littered with potential playmakers. Overall the year was clearly a success, as the new coach leverage the existing talent into a winning season to restore some of the recent momentum of the Vandy program. Vandy must continue to build on this success in order to "get over the hump" and challenge the elite teams of the SEC.
     

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