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Vanderbilt-UMass postgame notes

Oct. 27, 2012

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Vanderbilt-UMass Postgame Notes
October 27, 2012 Vanderbilt Stadium - Nashville, Tenn.

Pregame Notes
• Vanderbilt is in its 123rd year of organized football.
• The Commodores wore white helmets and pants with black jerseys; marking the first time the team has worn the combination this season.
• UMass won the toss and elected to defer to the second half with Vanderbilt receiving the ball in the first half. The Commodores opened defending the south endzone. UMass received the second half kickoff, with Vanderbilt again defending the south end zone. • Attendance was 32,227.
• This was the first-ever meeting between Massachusetts and Vanderbilt.

Team Notes
• The game was Vanderbilt's annual homecoming contest. The Commodores are now 26-37-2 in homecoming games since 1946 and 11-3 when homecoming is a non-conference affair.
• Vanderbilt scored first for the fifth time this season. The Commodores are 3-2 when recording the first score of the game. The Commodores also improved to 3-2 when leading after the first quarter, 3-1 when leading at the half and 3-2 when leading after three quarters.
• When Vanderbilt recovered a UMass fumble during a kickoff return in the second quarter, it marked the first time the Commodores forced a turnover since they recovered a fumble during the Missouri game (October 6).

Individual Notes
• QB Jordan Rodgers had his first rushing touchdown of the season late in the second quarter. He rushed for four scores last season and now has five rushing TDs at Vanderbilt.
• When Rodgers completed a TD pass to Chris Boyd in the third quarter for his second scoring throw of the game, it gave Rodgers his second-career game with multiple touchdown passes (vs. Kentucky in 2011).
• Rodgers had his first punt of the season on a fourth down from the UMass 34-yard line. The punt went 34 yards into the endzone for a touchback. It was the second punt of Rodgers' career, as he had a 26-yard boot against Tennessee last season that pinned the Vols at their own 7-yard line.
Jonathan Krause's punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter was the first for a Vanderbilt player since Jimmy Williams versus Northern Illinois in 1999. The 40-yard return was also the longest return of Krause's career.
Wesley Tate's 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the longest run of his career. Tate set a career high for both carries and yards before halftime. He finished the game with 15 carries for 81 yards.
• Redshirt freshman tight end Kris Kentera caught his first career touchdown pass with 1:53 remaining in the second quarter. The 25-yard catch was also the longest reception of Kentera's career.
Richard Kent's 54-yard punt in the second quarter gives him a boot of at least 50 yards in seven of eight contests this season. The only game he did not have a 50-yard-plus punt in was Presbyterian, when he punted just one time. Kent added a 53-yard boot in the second half, marking the third game this season he had multiple punts of at least 50 yards.
• Junior receiver Jordan Matthews eclipsed 50 catches and 700 yards for the year. He finished the game with 10 catches for 112 yards and now stands at 56 receptions for 775 yards this season. Matthews now has seven career games of at least 100 receiving yards, four in 2012.
•For his career, Matthews now has 1,739 receiving yards, which ranks ninth all-time at Vanderbilt.
• Matthews' 10 receptions make him the first Commodore to have at least 10 catches in a game since current Chicago Bear Earl Bennett had 11 against Ole Miss in 2007.
Chris Boyd caught his first touchdown pass of the season, a 14-yard reception from Rodgers. Boyd now has nine career touchdown catches.
Trey Wilson's interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter was the fourth pick six of his career and second this season. The four career interception returns for a TD are a Vanderbilt record and are second all-time in the Southeastern Conference (Tennessee's Jackie Walker with five from 1969-71).
Brian Kimbrow's 75-yard touchdown run was a career long rush.
Darreon Herring had his first career interception early in the fourth quarter.
• Offensive lineman Jake Bernstein made his first career start at right guard.

Offensive Notes
• By failing to convert a fourth down at the UMass 15 early in the second quarter, Vanderbilt has now attempted a fourth down conversion at least once in every game this season. The Commodores were 1-2 in the game on fourth down and are now 10-22 on the season.
• When Rodgers completed a TD pass to Chris Boyd in the third quarter for his second scoring throw of the game, it gave Rodgers his second-career game with multiple touchdown passes (vs. Kentucky in 2011).
Wesley Tate's 24-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the longest run of his career. Tate set a career high for both carries and yards before halftime. He finished the game with 15 carries for 81 yards.
• Redshirt freshman tight end Kris Kentera caught his first career touchdown pass with 1:53 remaining in the second quarter. The 25-yard catch was also the longest reception of Kentera's career.

Defensive Notes
• The Minutemen fourth down attempt in the second quarter marked the eighth time this season an opponent went for it on fourth down. UMass attempted again in the second quarter and failed. Opponents are 3-9 on fourth down attempts this season versus Vanderbilt.
• The Vanderbilt defense held UMass to just 21 rushing yards in the first half.
Trey Wilson's interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter was the fourth pick six of his career and second this season. The four career interception returns for a TD are a Vanderbilt record and are second all-time in the Southeastern Conference (Tennessee's Jackie Walker with five from 1969-71).
• Vanderbilt has two interception returns for a touchdown this season, both by Wilson.
Darreon Herring had his first career interception early in the fourth quarter.
• Vanderbilt's top-three tacklers in the game were all freshmen - Jake Sealand (nine), Darreon Herring (seven) and Andrew Williamson (six). It was a career high for each.
• With four sacks today, the Commodore defense now has nine in the last two games.

Special Team Notes
Jonathan Krause's punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter was the first for a Vanderbilt player since Jimmy Williams versus Northern Illinois in 1999. The 40-yard return was also the longest punt return of Krause's career.
Darreon Herring forced a UMass fumble on a kickoff late in the second quarter. The ball was recovered by Casey Hughes. It marked the first career forced fumble and fumble recovery for the pair, respectively.
Richard Kent's 54-yard punt in the second quarter gives him a boot of at least 50 yards in seven of eight contests this season. The only game he did not have a 50-yard-plus punt in was Presbyterian, when he punted just one time.
• QB Jordan Rodgers had his first punt of the season on a fourth down from the UMass 34. The punt went 34 yards into the endzone for a touchback. It was the second of Rodgers' career, as he had a 26-yard boot against Tennessee last season that pinned the Vols at their own 7-yard line.
• When Vanderbilt recovered a UMass fumble during a kickoff return in the second quarter, it marked the first time the Commodores forced a turnover since they recovered a fumble during the Missouri game (October 6).


 

 

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