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Vanderbilt Commodores 2013 ... Head Coach: James Franklin
at Vanderbilt 23, Wake Forest 21
2013 Record: 8-4|
8/31 Ole Miss L 39-35
9/7 Austin Peay W 38-3
9/14 at South Carolina L 35-25
9/21 at UMass W 24-7
9/28 UAB W 52-24
10/5 Missouri L 51-28
10/12 OPEN DATE
10/19 Georgia W 31-27
10/26 at Texas A&M L 56-24
11/2 OPEN DATE
11/9 at Florida W 34-17
11/23 at Tennessee
11/30 Wake Forest W 23-21
Basically … Vanderbilt’s Carey Spear hit a 38-yard field goal with 39 seconds remaining for the win after hitting a 25-yard kick with just under seven minutes to play and a 41-yarder at the end of the first half. Wake Forest’s offense struggled, but Justin Jackson returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and Tanner Price and Dominique Gibson each ran for short scores in the first half to keep up the pace.
- Vanderbilt outgained Wake Forest 403 yards to 266
- Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews caught 11 passes for 125 yards
- Vanderbilt QB Austyn Carta-Samuels completed 24-of-33 passes for 231 yards and a score with a pick, and he ran ten times for 28 yards.
- Wake Forest QB Tanner Price completed 16-of-32 passes for 155 yards with a pick, and he led the team with 47 yards and a score on 12 carries.
Vanderbilt 14, at Tennessee 10
Basically … Helped by a key fourth down play, overturned by replay, to keep the drive alive, Patton Robinette ran for a five-yard score with 16 seconds to play to give the Commodores the lead, and the D held on as Tennessee’s last gasp bomb misfired. Jerron Seymour gave Vandy the first quarter lead on a four-yard run, but Tennessee took over with a five-yard Rajion Neal touchdown run in the second and grabbed the lead on a 32-yard Michael Palardy field goal in the third.
- Vanderbilt QB Austyn Carta-Samuels completed 21-of-27 passes for 181 yards and a core and Patton Robinette completed 3-of-4 passes for 14 yards and ran for a team-leading 41 yards and a score on ten carries.
- Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs completed 11-of-19 passes for 53 yards and two picks and ran 11 times for 23 yards.
- Tennessee turned it over three times and Vanderbilt four. The two teams combined for 12 penalties.
- Vanderbilt outgained Tennessee 285 yards to 237.
at Vanderbilt 22, Kentucky 6
Basically … Kentucky scored in the first quarter on a two-yard Jojo Kemp run, and that was it for the Wildcat offense that turned it over four times and didn’t get back on the board. Vanderbilt scored 22 unanswered points, starting with Steven Clark returning the blocked extra point off the Kemp touchdown for two points. Carey Spear hit two field goals and Brian Kimbrow ran for a 21-yard score for the Commodores.
- The two teams combined for 19 penalties with Kentucky committing ten for 85 yards and Vanderbilt nine for 74 yards. Kentucky gave up four turnovers and Vandy didn’t give it up.
- Vanderbilt QB Austyn Carta-Samuels completed 19-of-24 passes for 184 yards.
- Kentucky QB Jalen Whitlow completed 14-of-28 passes for 120 yards with four picks, and he ran 17 times for a team-leading 69 yards.
- Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews caught 12 passes for 141 yards.
Vanderbilt 34, at Florida 17
Basically … Vanderbilt stunned the Gators with 17 straight points to open the game with touchdown runs from Patton Robinette and Jerron Seymour, who ran for a ten-yard score and added a two-yard touchdown in the third and a one-yard score in the fourth. Florida tried to hang around, getting a fumble recovery for a four-yard score from Kelvin Taylor, and got within 14 on an 11-yard Ahmad Fulwood catch late, but the Commodores controlled the game the whole way.
- Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy completed 30-of-46 passes for 305 yards and a score, but he gave up three picks. The Gators were -4 in turnover margin and committed 11 penalties to Vanderbilt’s eight.
- Vanderbilt came up with just 183 yards of total offense. Patton Robinette threw for just 57 yards.
- The win ended a 22-game Vanderbilt losing streak to Florida. With the loss, Florida falls to 4-5 needing to win two of the last three games against South Carolina, Georgia Southern and Florida State to go bowling.
- Florida averaged 1.1 yards per carry, Vanderbilt 2.9.
at Texas A&M 56, Vanderbilt 24
Basically … Johnny Manziel’s injured shoulder wasn’t an issue as he threw four touchdown passes with three coming in the first quarter on the way to a 28-0 lead. Vanderbilt answered with 17 straight points in the second half with Jonathan Krause catching a 30-yard touchdown pass and Jerron Seymour running it in from four yards out, but the A&M defense stiffened in the second half with Howard Matthews picking off a Patton Robinette pass for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. Manziel didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
- Patton Robinette wasn’t awful in place of Austyn Carta-Samuels, throwing for 216 yards and a touchdowns, but he threw two key picks and wasn’t able to answer when A&M and Manziel were rocking and rolling early. The defense came up with five takeaways, and while that helped, it wasn’t enough to slow the game down.
- The Commodores need the time off. With two weeks to prepare for the tough Florida defense, they need to rest up and get healthier. No one’s defense is stopping A&M, but the Commodores weren’t close despite coming up with five takeaways. There’s still time to go bowling with an easy finishing kick, but getting by the Gators would make this a much, much stronger-looking campaign.
at Vanderbilt 31 … Georgia 27
Basically … Vanderbilt scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter helped by takeaways and touchdown runs from backup quarterback Patton Robinette and running back Jerron Seymour for the win. Georgia got two short touchdown runs from Aaron Murray and a 39-yard interception return for a score from Shaq Wiggins, but it could only manage a 23-yard Marshall Morgan field goal in the second half.
- Vanderbilt starting quarterback Austin Carta-Samuels was lost for the game with a leg injury, but Patton Robinette got the offense moving in the second half and the defense was fantastic. Now the Commodores can really and truly shoot for big things with winnable games against Kentucky, Tennessee and Wake Forest to go. A bowl game isn’t just on the radar – a good bowl game is.
- The lack of offensive playmakers is really, really starting to kill the Bulldogs. Aaron Murray didn’t have anyone to work with. The running game managed just 107 yards and the receiving corps didn’t make anything happen on the move. It’s not like Georgia didn’t have any fight – it just didn’t have the personnel. Get used to it.
- Georgia needs all two weeks off to rest up with a physical game against a desperate Florida team coming up. The rest of the season is nice and easy, but now it’s going to take three Missouri losses in the last five games for the Bulldogs to have any real shot of going to Atlanta. It’s possible with the Tigers playing some nasty games – at Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M – so there’s no time to hang heads quite yet.
- The Commodores got the job done despite not getting any pressure on Murray. The defense didn’t allow the Bulldogs to run the ball a lick, and it didn’t have to do anything crazy. Murray wasn’t able to find anything down the field because the Commodore secondary was fantastic.
Missouri 51, at Vanderbilt 28
Basically … Missouri took control right away with a 20-0 first quarter lead helped by two of James Franklin’s four touchdown passes with two of Andrew Baggett’s three field goals. The first of two Henry Josey scoring runs helped Mizzou take a 30-7 halftime lead, and the team coasted from there. Vanderbilt tried to fight back with two Austin Carta-Samuels touchdown passes and a two-yard scoring run, but the Tigers always had an answer. The Commodores never truly threatened.
- Very, very quietly, Missouri is getting better and better. It’s as if the offense is finding its stride at just the right time, with James Franklin razor-sharp when he needed to be throwing four touchdown passes and spreading the ball around to his big receivers extremely well. Now it’s time to go big game hunting with Georgia up next.
- Now at 0-3 in the SEC, Vanderbilt has to work really, really hard to not lose its focus. There’s still time to come up with three more wins to go bowling, but the team isn’t physical enough or effective enough to deal with Georgia, Texas A&M and Florida over next three games. Unless the run defense improves, this could get ugly fast.
- What was Missouri’s biggest problem last year? Being physical on the lines. Beating up Vanderbilt isn’t like pushing around Florida or Georgia, but the Tigers handled Vandy well , pounding away for 245 yards, while the D held up well under pressure. DE Michael Sam came up with a great day up front making three sacks.
- It’s not a positive when Kenny Ladler is leading Vanderbilt in tackles. The free safety came up with a few nice plays, but his 14 tackles mostly came after the Tigers came up with a nice play.
at Vanderbilt 52, UAB 24
Basically … Jerry Seymour ran for two first half touchdowns and Austyn Carta-Samuels added a one-yard dash on the way to a 24-6 Vanderbilt lead in the first half, and then came the second half pop with two touchdown passes along with eight-yard touchdown runs from Wesley Tate and Patton Robinette. UAB kept it interesting with three Ty Long field goals in the first half and a 29-yard Darius Powell touchdown catch in the second, but Vanderbilt took control early and was never threatened.
- The Vanderbilt offensive line did whatever it wanted. Austyn Carta-Samuels had plenty of time to work, and he made things happen completing 23-of-29 passes for 334 yards and two scores with a pick to go along with his rushing score. Whatever the Commodores wanted to do, it did.
- UAB couldn’t turn drives into touchdowns early. The chances were there, but Ty Long field goals needed to be touchdowns. There were chances, but the Vandy defense stiffened when needed.
- The biggest difference was the downfield passing game. Vanderbilt had one, UAB didn’t. The short-to-midrange throws from the Blazers were swallowed up quickly.
- Will America realize that Jordan Matthews deserves All-America consideration at the midseason? He’s unstoppable, with yet another 100-yard day catching eight passes for 115 yards.
Vanderbilt 24, UMass 7
Basically … It took a little while for Vanderbilt to wake up, but it managed to shake off a 7-7 tie with 17 unanswered points helped by an 11-yard Jordan Matthews catch and a one-yard Jerron Seymour run. Jonathan Krause started out the scoring with a 42-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, but UMass tied it up on a four-yard Tajae Sharpe catch.
- Vandy’s defense bent, but only broke once. It allowed lots of underneath plays, but it didn’t give up anything to the running backs and allowed just 248 yards total. The biggest UMass play was just 15 yards.
- UMass HAS to start throwing the ball down the field, even if nothing happens or it gives up a few picks. A.J. Doyle took over and ran well, leading the team with 29 yards, and completed 20-of-28 throws, but they didn’t go anywhere.
- Even though the Minutemen did everything to slow down Jordan Matthews, he still caught eight passes for 76 yards and a score. Jonathan Krause made the secondary play with six catches for 105 yards and a score.
- Vanderbilt didn’t dominate the clock or the game, but it had a handle on the game converting 8-of-13 third down chances and 2-of-3 fourth down tries. UMass just couldn’t come up with a truly meaningful late stop.
at South Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 25, Sept. 14
Basically … South Carolina was waltzing with a 28-0 lead helped by two Connor Shaw touchdown passes and short scoring runs from Mike Davis and Dylan Thompson. And then the Gamecocks did everything possible to let Vanderbilt make it a game. Austyn Carta-Samuels ran for a score and connected with Wesley Tate for a 19-yard touchdown, but the South Carolina offense managed to grind it out to close.
- The South Carolina midrange passing game was nearly perfect. Dylan Thompson threw a pick, but he completed 7-of-9 passes, while Connor Shaw led the team in rushing with 84 yards while completing 21-of-29 throws. The offense moved the ball and the chains.
- Vanderbilt couldn’t convert on third downs. The offense was able to get in position to make something happen, and then drive after drive would stall. The Commodores had the ball for under 23 minutes.
- Jadeveon Clowney might be banged up and might not be the unstoppable force everyone expected, but America has to get that defensive end stat lines are four tackles, one sack and a forced fumble – on a good day.
- Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladler had to make way too many plays happen, coming up with 14 tackles and doing everything as the last line of defense.
at Vanderbilt 38, Austin Peay 3, Sept. 7
Basically … Austin Carta-Samuels threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Mathews and ran for two short scores as Vanderbilt rolled to an easy win. The Commodores got up 38-0 by halftime and shut it down. Austin Peay got its only points in the third quarter on a 20-yard field goal.
- It was a nice step forward after the physical and tough loss to Ole Miss. Austin Carta-Samuels got in some good work throwing for 223 yards and running for 23 yards and two scores. Jordan Matthews continued to dominate, catching six passes for 111 yards with a score.
- Taylor Hudson is going to be a key weapon as the season goes on. The sophomore punter kept Austin Peay pinned deep, averaging 48.3 yards per punt with three of his four kicks placed inside the 20.
- The defensive line never let this turn into a game. The Commodores came up with 12 tackles for loss and four sacks, stopping plays time and again before they could start.
Ole Miss 39, Vanderbilt 35, Aug. 29
Basically … Ole Miss answered a late Vanderbilt score with a 75-yard touchdown run from Jeff Scott with just over a minute to play. The Commodores drove down the field and got within scoring range late, but Jordan Matthews let a pass slip through his hands and into the arms of Cody Prewitt with just 26 seconds to play to cap the comeback. The Rebels came back from down 11 late in the third with two Bo Wallace touchdown runs and the Scott dash.
- Despite the late miss, and after getting banged up and getting sick on the field, Jordan Matthews had a tremendous game catching ten passes for 178 yards with a 55-yard score.
- There was talk this offseason of Bo Wallace being a changed man at quarterback, and he was nearly flawless. The interception problems of last year weren’t a part of the opener, completing 31-of-47 passes for 283 yards with no picks, and running for 48 yards and two scores.
- It’s only one game, but Vanderbilt’s Kyle Woestmann looked like an All-SEC presence on the line making seven tackles with two sacks. He upped his draft stock even more after just one performance.
- All of a sudden, Ole Miss looks really, really entertaining. In his college debut, superstar Ole Miss recruit Robert Nkemdiche made two tackles with a broken up pass, a tackle for loss, and a carry for a first down off a fake field goal. Wallace was great Nkemdiche is already looking the part, and Laquon Treadwell had the look of an NFL No. 1 target right out of the gate making nine catches for 82 yards.
Why To Be Excited ... Jordan Matthews is back. The star wide receiver chose to return for his senior season to join seven other returning starters from a team that went 9-4 and came achingly close to beating both South Carolina and Northwestern. James Franklin has made Vanderbilt cool, with a good recruiting class full of real, live SEC talents coming in, but before the 2013 class has time to mature, this year’s team should be good enough to battle with the conference big boys with a decent O line and a terrific secondary that welcomes back three starters. The key, though, was Matthews, whose decision to play one more year gives the offense the type of gamebreaker needed to help ease in former Wyoming starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels – or even promising prospect Patton Robinette - to the starting job.
Why To Be Grouchy ... It’s still life in the SEC. The Commodores have a brutal stretch of road games late in the year going to Texas A&M, Florida and Tennessee in a run of three away dates in four weeks. That all comes after hosting both Missouri and Georgia, and those come after starting out the year at Ole Miss and going on the road to South Carolina. The offense, even with Matthews, won’t be full of too much explosion, while the defense has to come up with replacements for Rob Lohr and Colt Nichter In the interior. Punter Richard Kent finished tenth in the nation averaging 44.95 yards per boot; he’ll be missed.
What Needs Working On ... The offense needs to be better on the ground against the better teams. Cranking out over 200 yards wasn’t a problem against UMass, Kentucky and Presbyterian, but only one of the team’s 25 rushing scores came against South Carolina, Northwestern, Georgia and Florida – the four losses. The passing game was decent in all four games, but Vanderbilt is at its best when it controls the clock and the tempo with the ground game. On the other side, the defense has to do a better job of holding up against the better running attacks. The four worst days against the run – along with ten of the 17 touchdown runs - came in the four losses, while not allowing more than 150 yards on the ground against anyone else.
Non-Conference Games: Austin Peay, at UMass, UAB, Wake Forest
Games Against The West: Ole Miss, at Texas A&M
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 7-5
Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Ole Miss, Austin Peay, at UMass, UAB, Missouri, Kentucky, Wake Forest
Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at South Carolina, Georgia, at Texas A&M, Florida, at Tennessee
Schedule Analysis: It’s not bad overall, but the Commodores won’t have much wiggle room for mistakes. With a few horrendous SEC road games to deal with, getting a win over Ole Miss to start out the season on August 31st is an absolute must. A victory will mean a 2-0 start – Austin Peay is up next – before going on the road to face South Carolina. Fortunately, a road trip to UMass and a home game against UAB follow, so 4-1 isn’t out of the question before hosting Missouri and getting a week off. They’ll need it.
Georgia comes to Nashville, but three of the next four games are on the road including trips to Texas A&M and Florida before the relatively easy final stretch. The final week off comes before facing the Gators, and then the team doesn’t leave Tennessee facing Kentucky and Wake Forest at home and going to Knoxville to play the Vols.
Team Concerns For 2013: As good as the team was last year and as bright as the future might be, it would be nice to get more out of the passing game that was efficient, but only averaged 213 yards per game. The offense has to be better on third downs after converting a mere 33.5% of its chances and it would be nice to be more effective in the red zone after scoring a mere 76% of the time. While the quarterbacks kept the
interceptions to a minimum, the O gave away a few too many fumbles losing 13.
The 2013 Recruiting Class Is Heavy On ... Talent?! Vanderbilt isn't going to threaten Georgia or Alabama for top stars, but head coach James Franklin is bringing in a tremendous class with real, live, SEC talents led by
linebacker Zach Cunningham, receiver Jordan Cunningham, offensive tackle Delando Crooks, corner Ryan White and defensive tackle Jay Woods
- they all have other major choices. Tight ends Nathan Marcus, Mitch Parsons and JUCO transfer Brandon Vandenburg were all excellent gets, while safety Jalen Banks was an interesting pickup out of Illinois. Quarterbacks Johnathon McCrary and Chad Kanoff are big passers to develop for three years from now.
2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking:
46. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. The Commodores have gone after the best players possible over the last few years, and head coach James Franklin was terrific last year at beefing up the skill spots, but now he needs offensive linemen to build up for the future. The line should be fine for the next few years, but this class has to be about the building blocks for down the road.
2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 43. That Class Was Heavy On ... Skill players. New head coach James Franklin did a magnificent job of bringing in one of Vanderbilt’s best recruiting classes in years. Signing Day pickups of WR Lafonte Thourogood, a 6-3, 225-pound former quarterback, and QB Josh Grady should be a big help in the near future for the always middling offense. The running backs got better with speedy Mitchell Hester and small, quick Jerron Seymoure to add more pizzazz to the attack. Tight end Dillon van der Wal out of California was a big-time coup, taking him away from Arkansas and Arizona State.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 55. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Defensive
linemen. The Commodores got a little bit of
everything for both sides of the ball and came up
with some good defensive back prospects, led by
corners Andre Hall and Karl Butler, and some
intriguing receivers with 6-5 Chris Boyd and
lightning-fast Jonathan Krause leading the way. But
the need was the defensive front and that's where
the stars are with tackles Vince Taylor, Kyle Woestmann, and Jared Morse leading the way. Thomas
Ryan and James Kittredge might be needed right away
on the end.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 67. That Class Was
Heavy On ... running backs. The Commodores lived off the ground game ever since Jay Cutler left, but that was mostly because of the mobility at quarterback. The running backs needed to be upgraded, and Bobby Johnson did that, at least for down the road, with Eric Samuels a speedy option, Warren Norman a quick player, and Zach Stacy a bit of a do-it-all prospect.