July 26, 2013
Vanderbilt had a historic season in 2012, finishing 9-4 overall and winning the Music City Bowl. The nine wins were the most by a Vanderbilt team since 1915. In the coming weeks, VUcommodores.com will relive each win by highlighting one play from every game. To get a better understanding of the play, we watched each highlight with the featured player and had him take us through the moment.
Carta-Samuels Throws First Touchdown Pass as a Commodore
Sept. 15, 2012
Vanderbilt 58, Presbyterian 0
Making the first start of his Vanderbilt career, quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels helped the Commodores defeat Presbyterian 58-0 in the team's first shutout since 2009.
Carta-Samuels accounted for 195 yards passing and threw for one touchdown, the first of his Vanderbilt career. Carta-Samuels' touchdown came with 11:55 remaining in the third quarter when he found tight end Steven Scheu from three yards out on third-and-goal.
After receiving the snap, Carta-Samuels rolled to his right, faked that he was going to run, pulled back to avoid defenders, pump faked and threw the pass off his back foot to find a leaping Scheu in the back of the end zone. The catch was also the first of Scheu's career.
In His Words
Carta-Samuels Breaks it Down
Step-by-Step: It's third-and-goal, I come up to the line of scrimmage looking to make sure that we score a touchdown. The first read is out in the flat. Initially, I thought it was covered, so I was off it to the tight end. I decided to put it up to Scheu, who made a great play for me. He's just a big-body guy. I was able to put it up there and he walled off the defender with his body. Ideally, I would have liked to go the other direction, although we're never going to complain about seven points.
Lassing was No. 1 Target: We were going to try to get that [defensive] end to bite inside, and then look out to the flat initially and look to Fitz Lassing. He was initially covered, then looked to Scheu. I saw a little bit of a window there and put it up to let the big guy go make a play.
Pump Fake Does The Job: I threw the pump just because I wanted to make sure that he was going to be open. There was a defender trailing him, so before I made that play I wanted to get him up in the air, and I was able to do that with that pump fake.
Location, Location, Location: In the red zone, you have to take care of the football. I was going to put it in a place where Steven could catch it, or nobody could catch it. You saw that he went up and made a great play, but he was the only one that was going to come down with the ball. In the crowd, it looks like it could have been intercepted, but I'd like to say there was definitely a plan behind where that ball was placed.
First of Many to Come: It was my first touchdown pass at Vanderbilt, which was obviously a little bit of a release for me. I was really excited. It will be one of many, but at the same time, it was a lot of fun to definitely complete that and do it in a Vandy uniform.