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Vanderbilt - Ole Miss Postgame Notes
August 29, 2013
Vanderbilt is in its 124th year of organized football.
The Commodores wore black pants, black jerseys and black helmets for the team's Operation Blackout.
Ole Miss won the toss and deferred to the second half with Vanderbilt electing to receive in the first half.
Attendance was a sellout of 40,350, marking the first sellout at Vanderbilt Stadium since the Tennessee game last year and the first home opener sellout since 1996.
Thursday night's season-opener marked the second straight season the Commodores opened the season on a Thursday and eighth time in school history.
Vanderbilt captains for the game were Walker May, Andrew East, Jordan Matthews and Wesley Johnson.
Vanderbilt is now 38-48-2 all time against Ole Miss, including winning six of the last nine games.
The Commodores are now 3-5 in Thursday night games all time and 78-42-4 in season openers.
Wesley Johnson started the 39th game of his career, starting at left tackle. Johnson has started every game of his career.
Redshirt freshman Adam Butler earned his first career start on the defensive line.
Senior Steven Clarke, redshirt junior Vince Taylor and sophomore Darreon Herring all earned the first start of their careers.
Ja'karri Thomas, Torren McGaster, Jordan Cunningham, Andrew Jelks, Paris Head, Taylor Hudson, Darrius Sims, Stephen Weatherly, Barrett Gouger, Blake Fromang and Harding Harper all saw their first collegiate action.
Redshirt sophomore Jerron Seymour saw his first game action since his freshman season in 2011.
Darreon Herring made his first career sack in the first quarter pulling down Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace.
Jordan Matthews' 11-yard catch in the 1st quarter extended his streak to 22 straight games with at least one reception.
Wesley Tate plunged in from three yards out in the second quarter for his first TD of the season and 10th rushing score of his career.
Jordan Matthews' 55-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter put him over 100 yards receiving for the 11th time in his career and marked his ninth 100-yard receiving game against SEC opponents.
Austyn Carta-Samuels' 55-yard TD strike to Matthews was the longest pass of his VU career.
Kyle Woestmann recorded a career-high six tackles in the first half, including two sacks to match a career-best, before finishing with a career-best seven tackles.
Stephen Weatherly made his first career sack in the second quarter, taking down Bo Wallace for a six-yard loss.
Jerron Seymour's three-yard TD run in the second quarter capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive and was Seymour's first touchdown since the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Jonathan Krause's 66 receiving yards set a new career high.
Wesley Tate's second three-yard TD run of the night gave him his second two rushing TD game of his career (Presbyterian).
Andre Hal had a career-best with nine tackles.
Austyn Carta-Samuels threw for 300 yards, the most in his Vanderbilt career.
Javon Marshall's nine solo tackles set a new career-high.
Jordan Matthews' 42-yard catch in the fourth quarter gave him a career-high 178 yards receiving on the night and his 10th catch to match a career-best.
Steven Scheu's 34-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter was his second career TD and the longest catch of his career.
Austyn Carta-Samuels' 300 yards passing made him the first Vanderbilt QB to throw for 300 yards in a game since 2006 when Chris Nickson threw for 446 yards against Kentucky.
Vince Taylor made a career-high four tackles on the night.
Wesley Tate scored the Dores' first touchdown of the year capping a 12-play, 71-yard drive with a three-yard run.
Vanderbilt's first scoring drive of the season (12 plays) was the Commodores' most on a scoring drive since the Auburn game (16 plays).
The Commodores' 21-point, second quarter explosion marked the team's fourth straight game, going back to last season, in which the team has scored 21 points in a quarter (NC State, Wake Forest, Tennessee).
Vanderbilt's three scoring drives of 70 or more yards marked the first time since the Tennessee game last year the Commodores had three scoring drives of 70 or more yards.
Vanderbilt held Ole Miss to 21 yards rushing in the first half and 2-of-7 on third down.
Special Teams Notes
Taylor Hudson saw his first action as a Commodore, punting five times for an average of 40 yards.