Team Notes For the first time this year the Vanderbilt defense allowed a touchdown in the first quarter and just the second time this year the Commodores did not score first. The Crimson Tide scored with less than a minute to go in the first half marking the second straight week the Dores allowed a touchdown in the closing minute of the first half. Vanderbilt was held scoreless in the first half for the first time this season trailing the Tide 14-0 at the break. The Commodores have only allowed 38 points in the first half this season. For the first time this season the Commodores were shutout.
Individual Notes Archibald Barnes earned the first start of his career. Brandon Barden started the game after missing the previous two games. For the fourth straight game punter Richard Kent recorded a 50-plus yard punt with his first boot of the night. It was his sixth 50-plus yard kick of the year. Udom Umoh's nine-yard reception for a first down in the first quarter was his longest catch of the year. Brandon Barden's 31-yard catch in the first quarter was a season-long for the tight end. Tim Fugger matched a career-high with two tackles for loss and set a career-best with five total tackles. For the 17th game in a row punter Richard Kent placed a kick inside the 20-yard line. For the third time five games Casey Hayward recorded a tackle for loss. Wesley Tate's 29-yard reception in the second quarter established a career-long. Jordan Rodgers set career-highs in completions (11), attempts (18) and yards (104). Rodgers also led the Commodores with a career-best 23 yards on the ground. Archibald Barnes recorded a career-best with eight tackles. Wesley Tate set a career-best with 46 yards receiving, also a team-high in the game. Chase Garnham matched a career-high with 10 tackles. Walker May matched a career-best with his first sack of the year midway through the fourth quarter. Al Owens recorded his first career tackle for loss in the fourth quarter with a stop for a loss of five yards. Jared Morse's tackle for loss on fourth down in the fourth quarter gave the ball back to Vanderbilt and was Morse's first tackle for loss of the year. Javon Marshall matched a career-best with five tackles. Colt Nichter equaled a career-high with five tackles. Freshman Jerron Seymourset career-bests with three receptions and 45 yards.
Defense The Commodores forced the Crimson Tide to a three-and-out on the first possession of the game. VU held Alabama to 189 total yards in the first half and only 46 on the ground. Heisman candidate Trey Richardson was held to 32 yards on seven carries in the first half.
Offense The Commodore offensive line featured a different look. Wesley Johnson, a starter at center during Vanderbilt's 3-1 start, moved to left tackle, allowing Ryan Seymour to shift from there to left guard. Earning his first start of the season at center was sophomore Logan Stewart. Vanderbilt's 149 yards through the air were the most for the team since the win over Elon in the opener when VU passed for 177 yards.
Special Teams Carey Spear missed a field goal for the first time this year on a career-long attempt of 47 yards in the first quarter. For the fifth game this season Richard Kent averaged at least 40 yards averaging 41.2 yards on his five punts.