Pregame Notes Vanderbilt is in its 121st year of organized football. The Commodores wore gold pants with white jerseys ... It is the first time Vanderbilt has worn this jersey combination since Oct. 24, 2009 at South Carolina. Vanderbilt won the toss and deferred until the second half. The attendance was 70,430.
Team Notes Tonight marked the eighth meeting between Vanderbilt and Arkansas. Arkansas leads the all-time series 6-2 ... Arkansas is 4-1 against Vanderbilt since the Razorbacks joined the SEC in 1991 ... Vanderbilt is 0-3 when playing a ranked Arkansas team. Both of Vanderbilt's wins in the series have come at Arkansas. Vanderbilt is 2-3 all-time in Fayetteville, Ark. Vanderbilt is 1-3 against Arkansas in the month of October ... Vanderbilt's only win during the month of Oct. was Oct. 28, 1950. Tonight was the first meeting in Fayetteville since the Commodores topped the Razorbacks, 28-24, in 2005. Tonight marked the first game in the series since Arkansas topped VU 21-19 in Nashville in 2006. Vanderbilt coaches are 1-4 in their debut against Arkansas ... Former Coach Bobby Johnson is the only coach to beat the Razorbacks in his first attempt. Vanderbilt scored on the team's first possession of the game for the second time this season and first since the Eastern Michigan game. Vanderbilt's touchdown on its first possession was its first against an SEC team since Nov. 15, 2008 against Kentucky when quarterback Chris Nickson connected with D.J. Moore in a 31-24 win. Vanderbilt built a 7-0 lead in the game, scoring first for just the fourth time this season ... Vanderbilt won its first two games it had scored first (Ole Miss and Eastern Michigan), but lost to South Carolina last week and Arkansas tonight. Before the team's loss to South Carolina, Vanderbilt had won its last five games that it has scored first dating back to the 2008 Music City Bowl. Before the South Carolina game on Oct. 23, the last time Vanderbilt had lost when it scored first was Nov. 29, 2008 at Wake Forest. Vanderbilt has scored first only six times in 20 games - against Arkansas Saturday, South Carolina Oct. 23, Eastern Michigan Oct. 9, Ole Miss Sept. 18 and Western Carolina and Rice in 2009 ... All were wins until the South Carolina game. Vanderbilt scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of an SEC game for the first time since the Nov. 15, 2008 game at Kentucky. Larry Smith's touchdown pass to Brandon Barden with 2:53 to play in the first quarter marked the first time Vanderbilt has thrown a touchdown pass in the first quarter this season. The 14 points scored by Vanderbilt in the first quarter were the most since scoring 14 against Georgia Tech on Oct. 31, 2009. On Vanderbilt's first two possessions it advanced the ball into Arkansas territory, marking the first time Vanderbilt had accomplished the feat this season. Vanderbilt's 104 rushing yards in the first quarter were its most of the season. A Vanderbilt opponent had its third safety of the season when a Larry Smith fumble was recovered in the endzone with 7:59 to play in the second quarter. The 32 points scored in the first half by Arkansas were the most surrendered by the Commodores in the first half this season ... It was the most points scored by a Vanderbilt opponent in the first half since Florida scored 35 points on Nov. 8, 2008. Arkansas' 26 points in the second quarter were the most against Vanderbilt since surrendering 31 to Georgia Tech on Aug. 31, 2002. Vanderbilt had 140 yards of offense on its first two possessions of the game, but finished the first half with 117 yards ... Through three quarters, Vanderbilt had 137 yards of offense. Arkansas' 13 penalties for 130 yards were the most by a VU opponent this season ... The previous opponent high was South Carolina, which had nine penalties for 60 yards. The 546 yards surrendered to Arkansas were the second-most yards given up by VU this season (547 at Georgia).
Individual Notes Cornerback Casey Hayward is the team's active leader with 20 consecutive starts. Defensive tackle T.J. Greenstone made his first start since the Ole Miss game on Sept. 18. Wide receiver Tray Herndon made the first start of his career. On Vanderbilt's first series in the second quarter and third of the game, quarterback Jared Funk entered the game.
Defense Defensive tackle Rob Lohr had his third sack of the season on Arkansas' first possession ... Lohr's three sacks lead the team ... It was the second straight game with a sack for Lohr. Linebacker Chris Marve's sack in the second quarter was his first of the year and fifth of his career ... It was Marve's first sack since Vanderbilt's first game of the 2009 season against Western Carolina. Marve finished the game with 10 tackles, reaching double figures in stops for the fourth time this season. Safety Sean Richardson's three pass breakups were a career high ... He now has three pass breakups this season. Cornerback Casey Hayward tied a season high with nine tackles ... It was the third time this season he has made nine tackles. With five solo stops, Hayward set a single-season career high in solo tackles, surpassing his 40 stops last year ... Hayward has 42 solo stops this season. Defensive back Eric Samuels had a career-high six tackles.
Offense On the second play of the game and Warren Norman's second carry of the game, Norman had a 51-yard rush ... The run was Norman's second longest of the season ... In Vanderbilt's game against South Carolina last week, Norman rushed for 40 yards on the team's first play of the game. Jonathan Krause scored on a 21-yard carry with 11:00 to play in the first quarter to give VU a 7-0 lead ... It was Krause's fourth carry of the season and second touchdown (Connecticut) ... Krause's last touchdown rush was 44 yards. Quarterback Larry Smith connected with Brandon Barden for a six-yard touchdown pass with 2:53 to play in the first quarter. The touchdown by Barden was his third of the season, which leads the team ... It was also Barden's first touchdown against an SEC opponent since Oct. 17, 2009 against Georgia. The touchdown pass to Barden was Larry Smith's sixth of the season and the first time this season Vanderbilt has thrown a touchdown pass in the first quarter this season. Smith's first quarter touchdown pass was also Smith's first against an SEC opponent since Oct. 17, 2009 against Georgia ... It was also Smith's first touchdown pass of his career on the road in the SEC. Quarterback Jared Funk threw the first interception of his career ... The interception resulted in an Arkansas touchdown, which put the Razorbacks ahead for the first time, 20-14.
Special Teams Warren Norman's 40-yard kick return in the first quarter was his second longest of the season. Eric Samuels' 46-yard kick return in the second quarter was the longest of his career ... His previous long was 44 yards. Richard Kent's 62-yard punt in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career, surpassing his 60-yard punt against South Carolina.