Nashville, Tenn. - The Vanderbilt offense was running on all cylinders Saturday night inside Vanderbilt Stadium in the Commodores' first scrimmage of the fall scoring eight touchdowns in the team's 105-play scrimmage.
After a slow start that saw the first four drives of the night produce only one first down, the VU running-game took over. Starting at their own 25-yard line, the first team offense marched 75 yards in nine plays to score the first touchdown of the night. Zac Stacy carried the ball four straight plays to start the drive, gaining 34 yards to help set up the passing game. Jordan Rodgers took over from there, completing two passes to Warren Norman for 19 yards before Norman ran it in from 26 yards out. The second scoring drive of the night started at the 50-yard line and took nine plays. Rodgers completed five passes on the drive with his fifth going to Kris Kentara for a seven-yard score.
On the first play of the team's third down situation portion of the scrimmage, Stacy burst through the line to go 40 yards and set the tone for the rest of the scrimmage. The offense finished the third down situations 8-of-14 with Rodgers completing a 41-yard pass to Jonathan Krause and Austyn Carta-Samuels completing passes to Dillon Vander Wal for 18 yards and Krause for 35 yards.
Red zone offense was up next for the Dores with the team converting two-of-three opportunities into touchdowns. Stacy punched it in from one yard out for the first score capping a three-play drive that was set up by a 20-yard pass from Rodgers to Chris Boyd. Freshman Brian Kimbrow ran nine yards for his first score of the scrimmage on the final red zone drive.
Stacy and Norman each added touchdowns during the goal line situation before the team switched to the two-minute drill. Kimbrow put an exclamation point on the night on the final play of the scrimmage, flying through the hole to go 55 yards untouched for his second touchdown.
Stacy, Norman and Kimbrow combined for seven of the team's eight touchdowns on the night and 251 yards on the ground. Kimbrow led the way with 112 yards on 15 carries with Stacy adding 98 yards on 15 carries and Norman 41 yards on seven carries. Rodgers finished an efficient night going 12-of-16 for 153 yards and one touchdown. The offense committed only one turnover during the scrimmage.
Several players stood out on the defensive side of the ball. Senior Johnell Thomas made plays from his defensive end position, making two tackles for loss and recording one sack. Kellen Williams, Andrew Williamson and Kenny Ladler all made plays in the open field with Williamson breaking up two passes. Eric Samuels continued his strong fall camp with a solid night in the secondary.
The Commodores return to the practice field on Monday with two practices scheduled.