Vanderbilt Game Notes September 19, 2009 Opponent: Mississippi State Bulldogs Attendance: 31,840 Mississippi State 15, Vanderbilt 3
- With the loss, Vanderbilt falls to 1-2 on the season, 0-2 in SEC play. - Mississippi State moves to 2-1 on the season, 1-1 in SEC play. Team Superlatives: - Vanderbilt's defense excelled tonight, only allowing Mississippi State into the red zone once. - Vanderbilt's defense held the Bulldogs to two third down conversions out of 15 attempts. - Vanderbilt's defense rebounded in the third quarter from a fumbled punt return on their own 26-yard line to push back Mississippi State's offense and held the Bulldogs to a 49-yard field goal.
Individual Superlatives: - Brett Upson had 65 and 61 yard punts, accounting for the 2nd and 3rd longest punts in his career. He finished with a career-high 11 punts for a 43.0 yard average. - Warren Norman finished with 150 yards on five kick returns, including a team season best of 41 yards. - Chris Marve had 15 tackles, one shy of his career high set against Duke a year ago. - Patrick Benoist ended with 13 tackles, tying the second best total of his career. He had 15 against South Carolina last year. - Sean Richardson had 10 tackles on the night, including two for loss. It is his second straight game with 10 tackles. - John Cole had a season-high in receptions with three (for 32 yards). Cole had two catches on the season previous to tonight's game. - Larry Smith surpassed his career passing attempts, going 12-for-32 on the night.
First Half: - Casey Hayward leads the league in tackles for loss, recording his fifth at the 9:46 mark, consequently putting the Bulldogs at 3rd and long. - Brett Upson punting above his season average of 34.6 yards, averaging 46.8 through the first half - Brett Upson kicked four punts inside the 20, doubling his season total in the first half. - Brett Upson's 65-yard punt is second best for Upson's career. - Tim Fugger's fumble recovery at the 13:01 mark in the second quarter was his first of the season, Vanderbilt's sixth forced fumble of the season. The turnover resulted in Vanderbilt's first score of the game, a 20-yard field goal by Ryan Fowler. - Mississippi State had 27 rushing attempts to Vanderbilt's 12. - Vanderbilt ended the half with sacks by Brent Trice and T.J. Greenstone, respectively, for a total of 9 yards thus resulting in moving Mississippi State out of field goal range. - Vanderbilt's offense struggled in the first half, only gaining 10 yards. Vanderbilt only achieved one first down, which came in the first drive of the game. - Brett Upson shined for the defense, punting his second and third career-long punts and dropping four punts within the 20-yard line.
Second Half: - It only took three plays into the second half for Vanderbilt to get their second first down of the game. - Jamie Graham had back-to-back defensive gems, breaking up a potential touchdown pass at the 8:56 mark, and tackling for loss with Chris Marve, resulting in a 4th and 10 for Mississippi State on the Vanderbilt 42-yard line. - Junior wide receiver Turner Wimberly had the first reception of his career, an 11-yard catch for Vanderbilt's fourth first down of the game. - Sean Richardson continued his defensive prowess, recording his second tackle for loss at the 8:01 mark in the third quarter. - Alex Washington's 29-yard reception at the 12:53 mark of the fourth quarter was the longest of the game for the Commodores. The catch was also Washington's season-high. - Warren Norman's 41-yard kickoff return at the 3:20 mark of the fourth quarter is the longest of the season for the Commodores.