Quick scores counter slow start and Vanderbilt routs UMass

Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 8:20am

In a span of 55 seconds, Vanderbilt broke open a tight game.

It took only four plays to make it a blowout.

After a sluggish start, the Commodores went on a scoring tear in a 49-7 rout of winless Massachusetts on Saturday night in front of 32,227 at Vanderbilt Stadium.

Two late first-half touchdowns broke open a seven-point game and gave Vanderbilt a 21-0 lead going into halftime. Then in the third quarter, the Commodores poured it on. They scored four touchdowns in a span of five touches – on a pass, a run, an interception return and a punt return.

“That’s a pretty cool deal. I’ve never heard of that before. I’ve never seen it,” coach James Franklin said.

Vanderbilt (4-4) tied a season-high with 11 penalties for 80 yards and led just 7-0 midway through the second quarter. But after the defense made a stop on fourth down, the offense drove 72 yards in eight plays.

Jordan Rodgers hooked up with an open Kris Kentera for a 25-yard touchdown with 1:53 left in the first half. After a fumble by UMass (0-8) on the ensuing kickoff, Rodgers rushed in for a 4-yard with 58 seconds remaining.

“It was huge,” Rodgers said. “We needed it. We got off to a slow start and we needed to get a couple of those touchdowns late in the half to give us some momentum, some kind of confidence going into halftime.”

Rodgers started the scoring in the third quarter when he threw a 14-yard touchdown to Chris Boyd.

Trey Wilson followed by returning an interception 17 yards for a touchdown – the fourth of his career. On the first play of the next drive, freshman Brian Kimbrow raced 74 yards for a touchdown. He helped fill the void left by Zac Stacy, who injured his right ankle early in the first quarter and did not return.

Jonathan Krause ended the scoring by returning a punt 40 yards for a touchdown. It was Vanderbilt’s first punt return for a touchdown since Jimmy Williams scored on a 65-yard return against Northern Illinois on Sept. 11, 1999.

“I do think that we’re making some progress as a program when you win 49-7 and you’re not happy. That you feel like you could play better,” Franklin said. “I think that’s progress just because we have higher expectations.”

3 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 10/28/12 at 7:33

This is not a good football team but they are better than 50 of the last 62 teams that Vanderbilt has had.

Kentucky and Wake Forest are must victories.

Tennessee and Mississippi are now going to fall into the lost column.

I will not demean another 6 and 7 year (bowl loss again this year)

I think Franklin is doing quite well. Next year will be the key to whether the renaissance gets into the 8 and 5 column

By: wiseguy1 on 10/28/12 at 10:11

Watching UMass self destruct last night was reminiscent of so many Vanderbilt games in the last 30 or 40 years. You guys know where I'm coming from so I won't go into details. I wish UMass the best.

Raspy, Not quite ready to concede to Ole Miss yet. A late FG to beat Ark is on par with VU beating Auburn. And Franklin is absolutely right, Stacy needs to be 100% against UK & Ole Miss. And UT & Wake for that matter.

Random comments & observations:

Good to see lots of younger kids getting playing time. Practice is a must but nothing beats playing time at game speed.

Hope Kimbro learned his lesson about slowing down en route to end zone.

If these guys keep the 11 penalties pace, they will finish season with 4 wins. Look at 3rd down conversions vs Auburn, 5 of 15. 5 of 11 in first half. Can't give the teams left on our schedule that much help. All 4 will take full advantage of it.

Rogers looks pretty good when he has some protection and has time to go through his reads.

Winning sure is easier when special teams and D contribute to scoring.

By: wiseguy1 on 10/28/12 at 10:24

raspy, just for grins I went to realtimerpi.com to see who else might share your 6-6 prediction. realtime gamer prediction agree with you in loss to Ole Miss, however they predict ... this week anyway ... VU winning 3 of last 4. UK by 8, UT by 9 & Wake by 1.

Not sayign igree or disagree, just that somebody's software that does not have a vested interest says these VU kids can finish strong.