Second-half struggles, Rodgers fumbles doom Vanderbilt

Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 11:41pm
Staff reports

Jordan Rodgers threw for 216 yards and rushed for another 57 but lost two fumbles, the second with 1:47 to play as Vanderbilt lost 23-13 to Northwestern on Saturday at Evanston, Ill.

The Wildcats (2-0) put the game out of reach with Kain Colter’s 22-yard touchdown run just 23 seconds after they recovered Rodgers’ second fumble. They scored their final 17 points in the last 9:28 of the contest and outscored the Commodores 20-3 in the second half.

Rodgers’ fumbles were the only giveaways by either team. The first came at the Northwestern 11 with 39 seconds to play in the first half.

Vanderbilt (0-2) led 10-3 at halftime but at one point went three-and-out on three straight second-half possessions.

The offense finally got going again after Northwestern took a 13-10 lead. The Commodores drove 60 yards -- the bulk of them on a 54-yard catch-and-run by running back Zac Stacy -- to set up Carey Spear’s game-tying field goal with 5:21 remaining.

Rodgers and Vanderbilt got off to a fast start with a 13-play, 77-yard touchdown drive on the game’s opening possession. Jordan Matthews’ 22-yard reception capped the drive.

The Commodores were outgained 324-322 for the game. Northwestern’s go-ahead field goal came after a successful conversion on third-and-15. Colter’s touchdown run was on third-and-19.

Stacy rushed for just 36 yards on 13 carries but his lone reception was the longest play for either side. Matthews finished with six receptions (only one after halftime) for 75 yards, and Chris Boyd had six catches for 76 yards.

Venric Mark led Northwestern with 123 rushing yards and one touchdown on 24 carries.

7 Comments on this post:

By: David_S on 9/8/12 at 11:11

Same old Vandy.

On a separate note, that call they reviewed in the 4th quarter, where they said it was a catch, was possibly the worst call ever to be upheld. Seriously. I hope someone posts that on youtube.

By: joe41 on 9/8/12 at 11:16

We were led to believe that Jordan Rodgers had made substantial improvement. After two games I haven't seen it. Send him to Green Bay!

By: Rasputin72 on 9/9/12 at 5:21

After last week's performance by Jordan Rodgers,those of us old enough to have witnessed every "resurgence" program Vanderbilt has produced since 1948 knew that another failure was in the wings. On a positive note this " rejuvenation" has been one of the most successful at six wins and nine losses. Picking up another win next week versus Sewanee should bring that to 7 wins and 9 losses.

Only perhaps his wife and his close confidants will ever know but the first seeds of doubt entered into James Franklin's mind as he made his way back to Nashville last night.

I see two wins for sure and five losses for sure, Auburn,Kentucky,Ole Miss,Tennessee and Wake Forest are still winnable.

You would think Vanderbilt being a "smart" school could find a Quarterback. If this season turns out to be a four win season and the beginning of the end for James Franklin, Jordan Rodgers will have been a critical part of that.

By: Bennyhaha on 9/9/12 at 9:10

The sad truth about trolls like Rasputin who still hasnt said anything new in 3 years I've watched:

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By: David_S on 9/9/12 at 10:05

Rodgers isn't the only problem. Our defensive front 7 does NOT know what to do when a quarterback rushes the ball. They are about as undisciplined a group as you'll see in college football. And the real problem is, they didn't get any better from week 1 to week 2!

By: 4gold on 9/10/12 at 7:57

Bottom line, both lines got dominated by Northwestern. Not SC not Alabama. Northwestern. That coupled with Jordon Rodgers fumble queen taking points off the board. It is just a typical Vandy team we have seen for decades. Find a way to lose with a 4th qtr colapse.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: joe41 on 9/10/12 at 6:56

I don't want to hear from rasputin anymore this season. He is a waste of time.Joe