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Vanderbilt-Ole Miss postgame notes

Sept. 17, 2011

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Vanderbilt - Ole Miss Post-game Notes
Sept. 17, 2011 Nashville, Tenn.


Pregame Notes
• Vanderbilt is in its 122nd year of organized football.
• The Commodores wore black pants with black tops and gold helmets.
• Ole Miss won the toss and deferred to the second half, Vanderbilt elected to receive.
• The attendance was 34,579.
• Joining team captains Kyle Fischer, Casey Hayward, Chris Marve, Larry Smith, and Carey Spear were game captains Jonathan Krause, Sean Richardson and Tristan Strong.

Team Notes
• The Commodores are 3-0 for the first time since 2008 when Vanderbilt won its first five games en route to a victory in the Music City Bowl.
James Franklin becomes the first, first-year head coach to start 3-0 since World War II.
• Franklin becomes the second coach in Vanderbilt history to win his SEC debut, joining Ray Morrison who beat Mississippi State 14-9 in 1935. The SEC was established in 1932 with Vanderbilt being a charter member.
• This marks the largest margin of victory for the Commodores since Vanderbilt beat Mississippi State 49-19 in 1971.
• Two Commodores did not dress due to lower leg injuries.
• Vanderbilt has outscored opponents 56-10 in the first half this season.
• The `Dores have led at the half in all three games this year.
• Vanderbilt's 21-point halftime lead marked the first time the Commodores have led a BCS-Conference school by 21 points at the half since heading into the break 28-7 on October 28, 2006 at Duke. Vanderbilt went on to win 45-28.
• The last time Vanderbilt led an SEC opponent by at least 21 points was on October 2, 2004 when the Dores went up 31-7 in the third quarter against Mississippi State.
• The 21-point half time lead is the largest against an SEC opponent in the past three decades.

Individual Notes
• Sophomore receiver Wesley Tate made his first career start.
Mason Johnston made his second career start at tight end.
Zac Stacy ran for a career-high 169 yards, topping his previous best of 133 set against Western Carolina on September 5, 2009, the first game of his career.
• Stacy becomes the first Commodore to rush for over 100 yards since Kenard Reeves ran for 105 against Kentucky on November 13, 2010.
• This marked Stacy's second-career 100-yard performance.
• Stacy's 169 yards put him over 1,000 yards for his career.
Zac Stacy's 77-yard touchdown run in the third quarter marked a career-long rush, topping his previous high of 67 at Eastern Michigan last season.
• Stacy's 77-yard rush was the longest for a Dore since Warren Norman rushed for 80 against Ole Miss last season.
• For the eighth game in his career, Zac Stacy recorded a rush of 20 or more yards.
Larry Smith's 19-yard touchdown run in the second quarter marked his second rushing score of the season and eighth of his career.
• Smith's 19 yards marked a season-long rush.
Jerron Seymour has rushed for a touchdown in two straight games after scoring on a nine-yard run late in the second quarter.
• Seymour's 16 carries marked a career-high, topping his previous high of eight set against UConn.
• Seymour's 33-yard reception in the third quarter marked a career-high.
Chris Boyd grabbed a career-high three receptions while Wesley Tate recorded a career-high four receptions.
Micah Powell had a career-high 22 yards and nine carries.
Trey Wilson's 52-yard second quarter interception returned for a touchdown marked the second pick and touchdown of his career. It was also a career-long return, topping his previous high of 21 yards against Elon.
• Wilson is the second Commodore all-time to have two pick-sixes in one season, joining Jay Chesley who accomplished the feat in 1974. Wilson is only the third Vanderbilt player to have two interceptions returned for a touchdown in his career.
Trey Wilson grabbed his second interception of the game on the final play of the first half, taking it back 30 yards. Wilson becomes the first person to record two interceptions in a game since Myron Lewis picked off two against Rice on September 26, 2009.
Sean Richardson recorded his first career interception when he took Ole Miss quarterback Zack Stoudt's pass back 11 yards in the first quarter.
Javon Marshall grabbed his second interception of the season early in the fourth quarter.
Eddie Foster recorded his first interception of the year and fourth of his career in the final moments of the game.
Tim Fugger has now recorded a tackle for loss in four straight games.
• Fugger's two tackles for loss mark the second straight game he has had a multi-TFL outing.
Rob Lohr recorded two tackles for a loss and has now recorded six in the past two games.
• Lohr ended the day with a season-high five tackles.
Walker May recorded his first tackle for loss of the season and ended the day with two.
Tristan Strong had a career-high eight tackles. Heading into the day, Strong had nine tackles in his career.
• Strong had his first-career tackle for loss.
Richard Kent has now had a 60+ yard punt in two straight games.

Defense
• For the third game in a row Vanderbilt has recorded multiple interceptions.
• Richardson's interception in the first quarter marked the eighth forced turnover of the season for the `Dores.
• The Vanderbilt defense has only allowed three points in the first quarter this season.
• For the third straight game, the Commodores returned an interception for a touchdown.
• Vanderbilt's third quarter safety marked the first time the team has recorded a safety since September 12, 2009 against LSU.
• Vanderbilt has now recorded 10 interceptions on the year, topping last year's season total of nine.
• Vanderbilt's five interceptions are the most since picking off Eastern Michigan five times on September 29, 2007.
• The Vanderbilt defense has not allowed a team to rush for over 100 yards this season, holding Ole Miss to 85.

Offense
• Vanderbilt's offense has scored the first touchdown in all three outings this year.
• The Commodores went into the half outgaining the Rebels 172-115 in total offensive yards.
• In the first half, Vanderbilt rushed for 102 yards with Zac Stacy leading the team with 56 yards.
• This marked the first time Vanderbilt has rushed for over 200 yards since going for 202 against Kentucky on November 13, 2010.
• The 93-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter marked the longest of the season for the offense.

Special Teams
Richard Kent pinned Ole Miss at the 2-yard line with a 44-yard punt at the 12:30 mark of the first quarter.
• Kent extended his streak to 15 straight games with a punt inside the 20.
• For the second straight game, Vanderbilt has placed a punt inside the 20-yard line at least twice.

 

 

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