BATON ROUGE, La – Quarterback Larry Smith scored his first career rushing touchdown but Vanderbilt lost 23-9 to LSU o Saturday.
Vanderbilt (1-1, 0-1 in the SEC) fell behind 7-0 on Keiland Williams’ 7-yard touchdown run with 2:12 to play in the first quarter and never got even. It was 10-0 midway through the second quarter before Smith scored the Commodores’ only touchdown – a 7-yard run – and made it 10-7.
Williams added a fourth-quarter touchdown run, which essentially sealed the victory for LSU (2-0, 1-0), which extended its win streak in Saturday night home contests to 31.
Smith’s first career interception cost the Commodores a chance at a game-tying touchdown early in the fourth quarter. On third-and-7 from the LSU 23, his pass went off the hands of receiver Alex Washington and was picked off by LSU’s Brandon Taylor.
It was the only turnover for VU, which had one takeaway of its own. Defensive tackle Adam Smotherman recovered a fumble on LSU’s second possession.
Vanderbilt got within a touchdown after a sack by Patrick Benoist and Brent Trice forced the Tigers to punt from deep in their own territory. The punt never happened, though, as the snap went over the punter’s head and out of the end zone for a safety and LSU's lead was cut to 16-9.
Freshman running back Zac Stacy had another strong performance for Vanderbilt with 19 rushes for 80 yards. He also caught two passes for 14 yards.
Smith completed 10 of 24 passes for 88 yards and added 21 rushing yards on 10 attempts. Tight end Austin Monahan led the Commodores with three receptions for 26 yards.
Overall, the Commodores had just 210 yards of total offense and 14 first downs. LSU had 348 and 21, respectively.
Sophomore offensive lineman James Williams was taken from the field on a stretcher early in the third quarter. Initial reports were that he sustained a broken ankle, which will cause him to miss the remainder of the season.