With the 39-10 loss to Tennessee, Vanderbilt goes to 4-8 on the season. The Commodores conclude the season 1-7 in Southeastern Conference play.
Jared Fagan (R-So.) earned his first start of the season at cornerback. He has started once previously - in the 2005 season opener at Wake Forest.
Early in the second quarter, Vanderbilt took the lead 7-6 on a 15-play, 92-yard touchdown drive. The drive was capped by a seven-yard pass from Chris Nickson (R-So.) to George Smith (R-So.). The drive was Vanderbilt's longest of the season in terms of time of possession. It was the 15th TD pass for Nickson, and Smith's third TD catch.
Earl Bennett finished with four catches for 16 yards. He finishes the season with 82 receptions, (2nd all-time by Commodore) and 1,146 yards (2nd all-time on team) and six touchdowns. Bennett's single season total of 82 receptions total ranks seventh all-time by a Southeastern Conference receiver.
Through two seasons, Bennett is the SEC's most prolific receiver in terms of total receptions (161). He closes the season tied for 18th all-time among receivers in the SEC. Bennett also ranks fifth all-time among Commodores in receiving yardage (2,022)
Chris Nickson completed 10 of 23 passes, for 97 yards, a touchdown. He threw two interceptions. He also topped the Commodores with 44 rushing yards. Nickson ended the season completing 160 of 292 passes for 2,085 yards (2nd all-time by a Vanderbilt sophomore QB) and 15 touchdowns (2nd all-time by VU sophomore).
Curtis Gatewood (R-Jr., DE) contributed his team-high seventh quarterback sack early in the fourth quarter. On the play, he forced and recovered a fumble. It marks the most by a Commodore defender since Jovan Haye posted 8.5 sacks in 2003.
Patrick Johnson (R-Sr., PK) concluded his Commodore career by making a 21-yard field goal. It was his first attempt of the season.