Oct. 29, 2011
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Vanderbilt-Arkansas Postgame Notes
October 29, 2011 Nashville, Tenn.
Vanderbilt is in its 122nd year of organized football.
The Commodores wore black pants with black tops and gold helmets, the first time donning the gold helmets since the Ole Miss game.
Vanderbilt won the toss and deferred to the second half.
At kickoff the temperature was 40 degrees with a cold win.
The attendance was 33,247.
The Commodores drop to 4-4 (1-4) on the year.
Vanderbilt now trails 2-7 in the Arkansas series and is 0-4 when playing in Nashville.
Vanderbilt has scored on its first drive in consecutive games after Jordan Rodgers led the team on an eight play, 68-yard drive to open the game.
For the second game in a row, Vanderbilt scored a touchdown on its first two drives of the game>
The Commodores have scored first in five of eight games this season.
Vanderbilt has outscored opponents 44-23 in the first quarter this season and has only trailed once heading into the second.
The Commodores had a season-low three penalties.
Vanderbilt scored touchdowns on both drives when it converted a fourth down.
Chase Garnham did not dress due to injury.
Junior Al Owens made his first-career start at linebacker.
With 128 yards on the day, Zac Stacy has 707 for the season, which is the third most rushing yards by a junior running back, and he moves into 10th all-time for any Vanderbilt rusher in a single season.
Stacy also moved into 15th place on career-rushing list with 1,516 yards..
Stacy recorded his fourth 100-yard game of his career and third of the year.
With his first quarter touchdown catch Jordan Matthews's six career touchdown receptions is the most for active receivers on the Commodores.
Matthews set a career-high in receiving yards with 151 on the day, the first Vandy player to go over 100 yards this season. It is the first 100-yard receiving games since John Cole hit the mark against Eastern Michigan last season.
Matthews' 151 receiving yards are the most since Earle Bennett had 223 against Richmond in 2007.
Jordan Rodgers is the first Vanderbilt quarterback to throw for over 200 yards since Larry Smith accomplished the feat against Eastern Michigan last season.
Rodgers ended the day with 15 completions, a career-high and a high for any Vanderbilt quarterback this year.
Jordan Rodgers has thrown first-quarter touchdowns in consecutive games after hitting Matthews for a 21-yard strike on the first drive.
Rodgers scored on a 19-yard run early in the second quarter, marking the second game in a row he has scored a rushing touchdown.
Rodgers had his first-multi rushing touchdown game after scampering into the end zone from three yards out late in the second quarter.
This marked the second game in a row that Rodgers has ran and thrown for a touchdown.
At the break, Rodgers led the team in rushing attempts and rushing yards with 10 and 56, respectively.
Tim Fugger caused his second fumble of the year while sacking quarterback Tyler Wilson early in the game, marking his third sack of the season and first since the UConn game.
Fugger recorded two sacks, the second time this season he has had a multi-sack game.
After his multi-sack performance, Fugger now has nine sacks for his career.
Fugger now has seven forced fumbles for his career, second most among active players.
Fugger's three tackles for loss are a career-high, topping his previous mark of two.
Rob Lohr recorded his fourth solo sack of the year early in the third quarter.
Lohr had two tackles for loss, giving him 11 on the year and 20 for his career. He also has recorded a TFL in six of his eight games this season.
Freshman Barron Dixson recorded his first forced fumble of the year midway through the third quarter while DeAndre Jones notched his first fumble recovery.
Casey Hayward's six pass breakups mark a career-high.
Richard Kent has now placed 12 punts inside the 20-yard line this season.
Kent's two punts inside the 20 mark the 13th time in his career he has had at least two punts go inside the 20.
The Vanderbilt defense has forced six fumbles in the past two games.
The defense only allowed 72 yards rushing, the lowest of the season and fourth time this year Vanderbilt has held an opponent under 100 yards on the ground.
Arkansas scored a touchdown early in the game, marking only the third first-quarter touchdown drive Vanderbilt has allowed all season.
The defense gave up a touchdown in the final two minutes of the second quarter for the third time this season.
The 462 yards of total offense are the most against a SEC opponent since Vanderbilt put up 621 against Kentucky on November 11, 2006.
Vanderbilt has rushed for 766 yards in the past three games and has now gone over 200 against its past two SEC opponents.
The Commodores passed for 240 yards, the most this season and the first time the team has eclipsed the 200-yard mark.
Vanderbilt converted a 4th-and-1 on its own 29-yard line with 2:53 remaining off a Zac Stacy run to the left side.
The 13-play, 81-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter tied for the longest drive of the year in terms of plays for the offense.
Vanderbilt's 10-play, 88-yard touchdown drive marked the second longest drive of the season in terms of yards.
The 236 first-half yards were the most against an SEC opponent this year and the second-most overall with the high coming against Army.
The Commodores rushed for over 100 yards in the first half for the second time against a SEC opponent this season.
With 3:30 on the clock and facing 4th-and-1 on its own 32-yard line late in the second quarter, Vanderbilt came out in punt formation and Fitz Lassing received the snap, rushing for 25 yards and the first down. The successful fake punt is the second for the Dores this season.