Oct. 9, 2013
After posting more than 100 receiving yards last Saturday for the fifth time this season, Jordan Matthews continues a personal assault on Vanderbilt and Southeastern Conference receiving records.
Matthews, a senior wide receiver from Madison, Ala., broke two team records in the effort against Missouri Oct. 5, and is rapidly closing in on a pair of prestigious SEC career receiving standards.
Matthews eclipsed Boo Mitchell's former Vanderbilt record for career receiving yards during a seven-catch, 123-yard performance against the Tigers. Matthews departed the Missouri game with 2,991 receiving yards, 27 more than Mitchell accumulated from 1985-88. During the game, Matthews also broke a tie with former Commodore All-SEC receiver Dan Stricker with his 22nd career touchdown catch.
With six regular season games remaining, Matthews is approaching SEC records for career receiving yards and career receptions. He needs 103 yards to break the existing conference record of 3,093 yards set by former Georgia standout Terrence Edwards (1999-2002). He also needs 40 catches to erase the league record of 236 receptions achieved by former Commodore receiver Earl Bennett from 2005-07.
A leading contender for the postseason Biletnikoff Award, Matthews tops the SEC this year with 47 catches, ranks second in the league with 709 receiving yards, and is tied for third with five touchdown catches. He also is on pace to better his personal totals from a year ago: 94 catches and a team-record 1,323 receiving yards.
With five games of at least 100 receiving yards this season, Matthews now has 15 career performances of more than 100 receiving yards. No other Commodore has posted more than 12 games of 100 receiving yards.
Matthews continues to impress against Southeastern Conference opponents. Including the Missouri game, he has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 11 of his last 15 games against league teams, averaging 120.7 yards during the span.
CBS Planning A Return to Vanderbilt Campus
The Commodores will appear on CBS for the first time in a dozen years when they host Georgia next Saturday, Oct. 19. Vanderbilt's last appearance on the network came in the 2001 season finale at Tennessee.
The Georgia game also will mark CBS' first appearance on the Vanderbilt campus since 1982 when the Commodores defeated Ole Miss 19-10 on Oct. 23, 1982.
There are historical ties between Vanderbilt football and CBS Sports. The first college football game ever aired coast-to-coast was CBS's broadcast of the 1955 Gator Bowl involved unranked Vanderbilt and No. 8 Auburn. It also marked the first bowl appearance for Vanderbilt, who upset the Tigers 25-13.
Carta-Samuels On Pace For Superb Quarterback Campaign
First-year starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels is on target to achieve one of the most productive seasons ever by a Commodore signal caller.
Through six games, Carta-Samuels is averaging 260.2 passing yards. If he continues at the current pace, Carta-Samuels will conclude the regular season with 3,122 passing yards, which would rank as the team's second highest single-season total ever behind Kurt Page's 1983 record of 3,178 yards.
Carta-Samuels also appears within sight of other single-season Commodore passing marks. With 11 touchdown passes, he is on target to tie Whit Taylor's 1982 record of 22 TD passes.
Coming off back-to-back 300-yard efforts against UAB and Missouri, Carta-Samuels also is completing 66.1 percent of his pass attempts. That percentage would rank as a modern-day team record, and the best by a Vanderbilt quarterback since Jim Looney completed 74.4% of his passes in 1953.