NASHVILLE --- Head Coach Bobby Johnson and his Commodore football team managed their largest offensive output this season, beating the Temple Owls 43-14 Saturday night at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Vanderbilt combined to score 81 points to win its past two games. It's the 'Dores first consecutive wins since they started the 2005 season 4-0.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Chris Nickson completed 9 of 20 pass attempts for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Junior tailback Cassen Jackson-Garrison led the 'Dores on the ground with 142 yards and two touchdowns, followed by redshirt freshman tailback Jared Hawkins, who made the most of his three carries scoring his second and third touchdowns of the season. Redshirt senior fullback Steven Bright also caught the first two receiving touchdowns of his career.
'Dore fans got their first look at junior transfer quarterback Richard Kovalcheck, who entered the game early in the fourth quarter with the score 43-14. Kovalcheck completed two of three pass attempts for seven yards. Freshman tailback Gaston Miller also made his debut tonight, averaging 7.3 yards on eight carries. Redshirt freshman Mackenzi Adams also saw time as quarterback.
It was a hot-and-cold night for sophomore placekicker Bryant Hahnfeldt, who kicked a career-long 51-yard field goal but missed two extra points due to bad snaps.
Redshirt senior safety Ben Koger made his career first interception near the end of the first quarter. However, he suffered a fractured tibia (shin) on the play. Freshman safety Brent Trice also logged an interception.