Vanderbilt-Missouri Postgame Notes
October 6, 2012 Faurot Field - Columbia, Mo.
Vanderbilt is in its 123rd year of organized football.
The Commodores wore white helmets, pants and jerseys; marking the second time the team has worn the combination this season (Northwestern).
Vanderbilt won the toss and elected to defer to the second half with Missouri receiving the ball in the first half.
Attendance was 66,250.
Vanderbilt recorded the team's first safety of the season when the snap on a punt went through the hands of Mizzou punter Trey Barrow in the first quarter. The safety was the first for the Dores since the Ole Miss game last season.
Missouri led 6-2 at the end of the first quarter, the third time this season the Dores trailed after the first quarter.
Vanderbilt led at the half for the third time this season (Northwestern, Presbyterian) with a 9-6 advantage.
The SEC road win is the first for Vanderbilt since winning at Ole Miss in 2010.
Jared Morse earned his first career start, getting the nod at defensive tackle.
Jake Sealand became the fourth true freshman to see action this season, making his debut on the kickoff return team in the first quarter.
Larry Franklin recovered his first career fumble in the first quarter setting the VU offense up at the Missouri 34-yard line.
Josh Gregory received his first career action at the end of the first quarter on the punt return team.
Zac Stacy's five-yard TD run in the second quarter gave VU the lead and gave Stacy 22 for his career, tying him for the third-most in school history with Charley Horton (1952-55).
Andre Hal's three pass break-ups in the first half set a new career-high.
Jordan Rodgers' interception in the third quarter snapped a streak of 69 attempts without a pick going back to the South Carolina game, his only other interception of the season.
Jordan Matthews and Chris Boyd each extended their streaks with at least one catch to 13 games with catches in the first quarter.
Zac Stacy's 29 carries set a career-best and season-best and was his sixth career game with over 20 carries.
Stacy's second TD-run of the night put him in sole possession of third place on the all-time list at Vandy and marked his fifth career multiple touchdown game.
Kris Kentera made his first career reception in the fourth quarter with a four-yard gain.
Jordan Matthews matched his career-best with nine catches with an 11-yard grab in the fourth quarter. The junior wide receiver has 35 catches in five games this year after hauling in 41 passes in 13 games last season.
Carey Spear nailed his ninth field goal of the season with a 21-yarder in the fourth quarter, improving to 9-for-11 on the season and 6-for-6 on kicks between 1-29 yards.
Kenny Ladler and Javon Marshall each had eight tackles to lead the Commodores.
Chase Garnham registered the Dores' lone sack of the night with an 11-yard loss in the fourth quarter.
Vanderbilt's 76-yard scoring drive in the second quarter was the Commodores' longest since Zac Stacy's 86-yard TD run to open the game against Presbyterian.
The offense converted five third downs and scored on all three red zone trips.
The Commodores ran the football a season-high 43 times in the win.
After Missouri's first two drives the Commodores' defense allowed only 50 yards and three first downs the rest of the first half.
The defense held Tigers' QB Corbin Berkstresser to 9-of-30 passing.
Special Team Notes
With Missouri's first two field goals of the night, Vanderbilt's opponents moved to 6-for-6 on the season.
Carey Spear notched his first career put with a 33-yarder in the first quarter that rolled to a stop at the two-yard line.
Richard Kent was a weapon for the Dores booting two 50-plus yard punts, including a 59-yarder, and two inside the 20-yard line.
Jordan Matthews returned a kick a career-best 32 yards after the Missouri safety in the first quarter.