Commodores get to overtime, come up short at Army

Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 3:36pm
Staff reports

Ryan Fowler’s career-long 41-yard field goal with 52 seconds to play forced overtime, but Vanderbilt fumbled in the first OT period and lost 16-13 at Army on Saturday.

Freshman Warren Norman had a chance to score a touchdown and to give the Commodores (2-4) their first lead but lost control of the ball near the goal line, and the ball went out of the end zone for a touchback.

It was Vanderbilt’s third turnover of the contest.

Army (3-3) followed with a 42-yard field goal that ended the game.

Vanderbilt looked to have scored a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of regulation when, on third-and-goal from the 4, Larry Smith hit Alex Washington in the end zone.

A pass interference call negated that touchdown, however, as penalties plagued Vanderbilt for the second consecutive week. Smith threw incomplete on third-and-goal from 19, and a false start then added five yards to Fowler’s attempt.

Norman had an 81-yard touchdown run in the first quarter negated by a penalty, one of 13 called against the Commodores. He finished with team-high 62 rushing yards on 15 attempts.

Norman did return a fourth-quarter kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown. That came in the opening minute of the fourth quarter after Army had gone in front 10-3 with a 13-play, 80-yard touchdown drive.

Smith completed 11 of 24 passes for 144 yards. He was intercepted twice, the second of which led to Army’s only touchdown.

Vanderbilt has lost its last four overtime games. Prior to Saturday, it’s last extended contest was a 49-42 double-overtime loss to Florida in 2005.

Its last overtime victory was 37-34 at Ole Miss in 1999.


2 Comments on this post:

By: frank brown on 10/10/09 at 2:24

This must be some kind of mistake. I was assured that this 14th renaissance was going to be a total success. Then again if you take the 2 and 10 season that Vanderbilt is going to have plus their 7 and 6 season last year that would make them 9 and 16. That might qualify them for having an ongoing renaissance. I know that is stretching it but Vanderbilt needs all the positive subjective slants they can get. Dynamite, Dynamite. When Vandy starts to fight!

By: joetitan on 10/11/09 at 11:32

Hurry up basketball