An outcome no expert could have predicted, the bottom dweller Vanderbilt Commodores stunned the home crowd of over 108,000 on saturday night. In what might be the greatest QB performance in the SEC since Cam Newton's heisman highlights against LSU, Austyn Carta Samuels put on a masterful display. Carta Samuels was tuned in all night only missing on 4 passes all night, only one more than the number of touchdowns he threw. Tennessee tried everything from zone blitzes to man blitzes to straight man press to underneath zones, they threw everything including the kitchen sink, but nothing was going to matter tonight. Vandy started the game with 2 first quarter field goals followed up by a 38 yard lob in the end zone brought down by WR Boyd for a 13-0 lead. Tennessee would fire back however, with heisman hopeful Tyler Bray connecting to his best friends Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter on back-to-back drives. Carta Samuels answered again with his own fly route to Jordan Matthews for a 41 yard touchdown over the fingertips of Tennessee defenders. On a possibly huge turn before halftime, Bray again connected with Rogers to take a 21-20 lead into the locker room. Defenses tightened up for the third quarter as only struggling Volunteer kicker Palardy would score on a 39 yard field goal, just over the cross bar. The fourth quarter would bring more drama than any one SEC fan could handle, as the lead turned 3 different times. First on another touchdown to Matthews on a ridiculous flip pass from Carta Samuels while getting hit, that he would elude defenders 25 yards to the endzone. Later, Tennessee brought in freshman sensations Joel Jordan to play option QB for a few snaps which led to his own 9 yard touchdown run and a 4 point lead with 2:24 remaining. Vandy received the ball at their own 35, and marched it down 12 plays, including a critical fourth down conversion to take it inside the Tennessee 10. It would take Vandy all four downs to convert but on their final chance from the 1, RB Seymour jumped above the pile to reach the ball over the line for a 3 point Commodore lead. This seemed like the ideal early heisman moment for Bray to prove himself, and he would come through- throwing quick shots to Rogers, Hunter, and Co. moving it past midfield with :18 seconds left and no timeouts, the clock was running and Bray hits Hunter AGAIN along the sideline and he takes it out of bounds at the Vanderbilt 25 with :4 seconds remaining. The next call from Coach Carr will be questioned for the rest of the year, as Vandy opted to freeze the Tennessee kicker for his upcoming attempt- Tennessee decided to take a delay penalty and to dwell on the call. Palardy had already missed from 41 earlier but sinked the 39 yarder in the 3rd. Coach Carr elects to go for a hail mary play, hoping one of his playmakers could come down with it. As the ball is snapped- its clear their was some confusion in the Commodore secondary that left Da'Rick Rogers running by himself at the 15 but the safety Andrew Williamson was attempting to cover the ground. As the ball comes flying in, its a bit off target and Rogers attempts to adjust to it and its just out of reach falling to the ground and putting a huge setback in a attempt for a repeat National Championship opportunity.