Colorado State defensive lineman Scott Patchan (1), and defensive back Rashad Ajayi (4) attempt to stop Vanderbilt's quarterback Ken Seals, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at Canvas Stadium.

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Vanderbilt beats Colorado State with field goal in closing seconds

Joe Bulovas connected on a 38-yard field goal with 19 seconds left Saturday night as Vanderbilt rallied from an early two-touchdown deficit to nip Colorado State 24-21 in a non-conference game in Fort Collins, Colo.

The Commodores drove 40 yards in eight plays, aided mainly by a pair of 15-yard penalties on the Rams. Bulovas’ kick evened Vanderbilt’s record at 1-1 and presented new coach Clark Lea with his first career win.

Colorado State (0-2) tied the game with 3:07 left when Todd Centeio hit Trey McBride with a 3-yard touchdown pass. Centeio completed 20 of 38 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns with one interception while rushing for 75 yards on 11 carries. McBride finished with eight catches for 114 yards.

Commodores quarterback Ken Seals overcame a slow start to hit on 26 of 41 attempts for 236 yards with two scores. Re’Mahn Davis rushed 17 times for 77 yards, while Cam Johnson grabbed eight passes for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Colorado State controlled most of the first half, taking a 7-0 lead just 2:03 into the game when Centeio found David Bailey for a 3-yard touchdown pass. The margin reached 14-0 when Bailey ripped off a 20-yard scoring run 52 seconds into the second quarter.

Vanderbilt’s offense, which was shut down by FCS opponent East Tennessee State last week in a season-opening 23-3 loss, finally found a rhythm late in the second quarter. Seals threw for 48 yards on a 58-yard drive, connecting with Chris Pierce on a 20-yard strike over the middle with 47 seconds left in the half.

Seals’ hot hand continued into the third quarter as he hit 6 of 7 passes on the tying touchdown drive, teaming up with Johnson for a 9-yard score at the 9:36 mark.

After a 3-and-out, Seals exploited the Rams’ secondary again for completions of 25, 11 and 15 yards before his 1-yard sneak with 5:32 remaining gave the Commodores their first lead.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Bryce Thompson (0) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee blasts Vanderbilt, snaps 6-game skid

Tennessee snapped a program record-tying six-game losing streak by going to Vanderbilt and whipping the Commodores, 42-17, at Nashville on Saturday afternoon.

Tennessee quarterback J.T. Shrout threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes as the Volunteers took a 28-10 halftime lead and never looked back. The Vols had 540 yards of total offense.

Wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. caught seven balls for 125 yards and two scores.

The Commodores (0-9, 0-9 SEC) had 49 available scholarship players on Saturday. Vanderbilt made it competitive for a quarter and a half until the Vols took over and scored 28 straight points.

Running back Tyson Chandler’s 20-yard scoring run 2:10 into the second half, combined with kicker Toby Wilson’s point-after, extended the Vols’ lead to 35-17.

The Vols got the ball on the Vanderbilt 42 for their second possession of the game and marched to the 6. Quarterback Harrison Bailey sucked in the Commodores with a play fake before finding tight end Princeton Fant wide open for a touchdown toss with 5:54 left in the first quarter.

Vanderbilt answered when quarterback Ken Seals found wide receiver Cam Johnson with an 18-yard touchdown pass and kicker Sarah Fuller’s point-after tied the game.

The Commodores went up 10-7 on Pierson Cooke’s 39-yard field goal.

Tennessee answered when Volunteers defensive back Bryce Thompson made an athletic, one-hand grab of a Seals pass and stumbled 18 yards through traffic for a touchdown.

After Tennessee forced a Seals fumble that Vanderbilt recovered at its 2 before punting, Shrout hit Jones for a 22-yard touchdown down the left sideline.

Shrout then found wide receiver Jalin Hyatt with a 26-yard touchdown with 44 seconds left in the first half.

Fuller became the first female to ever score in a Power Five football contest. She added another point-after in the fourth quarter after Seals hit tight end Ben Bresnahan with a 16-yard pass.

Tennessee exploited the right side of Vanderbilt’s offensive line, where right guard Ben Cox made his first career start with Bradley Ashmore beside him at tackle. Both are true freshmen.

The Commodores had just five scholarship defensive linemen available.

Vanderbilt has lost 10 straight games and is in danger of its first winless season in program history. The Commodores, who started playing football in 1890 and have played every year since, are scheduled to play at Georgia next week.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2020; Columbia, MO, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores kicker Sarah Fuller (32) before the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Hunter Dyke/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

SEC names Fuller a special teams player of the week

Sarah Fuller made history over the weekend.

She received some league-wide recognition for her achievement on Monday.

Vanderbilt’s Fuller, who became the first woman to play during a regular-season game in one of college football’s Power 5 conferences when she took the opening kickoff in the second half against Missouri on Saturday, was named one of the SEC’s special teams players of the week.

Fuller, the starting goalkeeper for the Commodores’ women’s soccer team, executed a squib kick that traveled 30 yards and was downed at the Missouri 35-yard line during the Tigers’ 41-0 win. Her opportunity came because several of Vanderbilt’s specialists were unavailable due to COVID-19 protocol.

Fuller became the third woman to play in a Division I college football game, following in the path of kickers Katie Hnida (New Mexico, 2003) and April Goss (Kent State, 2015).

Florida punt returner Kadarius Toney shared the special teams player of the week honor with Fuller.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2020; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Eliah Drinkwitz discusses a call against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri continues bowl quest with matchup vs. Vanderbilt

The Missouri Tigers will continue their bowl quest when they host the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday.

The Tigers (3-3) will try to get over .500 for the first time this season.

“I’ve got a couple of screenshots of people that predicted us to only win two games,” first-year coach Eliah Drinkwitz said. “People counted us out before we got to the fight. There’s no quit in us.”

The Commodores (0-7) are coming off their best performance since their opening 17-12 loss to the Texas A&M Aggies. Vanderbilt raced to 7-0 and 10-7 leads over the Florida Gators last Saturday before falling 38-17.

“This football team is getting better,” Commodores coach Derek Mason said. “We still have some depth deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball, but we’re working hard on the back end to keep us functionally going.”

This game at Faurot Field was rescheduled from Oct. 17 due to the coronavirus depletion of Vanderbilt’s roster.

The Tigers were originally scheduled to host the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, but the Southeastern Conference postponed that game due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing within the Arkansas program.

The Commodores were set to face the Tennessee Vols on Saturday, but the SEC pushed that game back so they could make up their game at Missouri instead.

“Had to flip the switch,” Drinkwitz said. “Excited about the opportunity to play. We’ve had a couple of games canceled, moved around. So I thank the SEC for finding us an opponent. It’s obviously not ideal to switch that late.”

The Tigers played with just 52 available scholarship players last week. Their injury list included guard Xavier Delgado, offensive tackle Larry Borom, nose tackle Kobie Whiteside and defensive end/outside linebacker Trajan Jeffcoat.

Drinkwitz listed those four players as “maybe” for this week. He also got defensive coordinator Ryan Walters and three players back from the coronavirus list.

Back-up quarterback Shawn Robinson remains out and guard Dylan Spencer entered the transfer portal this week.

The Commodores got healthier last week, regaining guards Drew Birchmeier and Dan Dawkins, defensive tackle Cameron Tidd and running back Ja’Veon Marlow.

Freshman quarterback Ken Seals completed 22 for 34 passes against the Gators for 319 yards and two touchdowns — both to receiver Chris Pierce. The Commodores rushed for just 87 yards, so Mason hopes to regain injured running back Keyon Henry-Brooks.

“That’ll be another tool for us as we head down to Columbia,” Mason told ESPN 102.5 radio.

On the downside, starting Commodores inside linebacker Dimitri Moore entered the transfer portal this week.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Florida Gators wide receiver Kadarius Toney (1) gets away from a tackle attempt from Vanderbilt Commodores cornerback Elijah Hamilton (15) during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Trask (3 TDs) leads No. 6 Florida past Vanderbilt

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask was 26-of-35 for 383 yards and three touchdowns as the sixth-ranked Gators went to Nashville and blew by Vanderbilt, 38-17, on Saturday afternoon.

UF wide receiver Kadarius Toney caught six balls for 107 yards and a score and tight end Kemore Gamble hauled in three for 66 and two scores.

The Gators (6-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) have won four straight. Vanderbilt fell to 0-7.

Freshman quarterback Ken Seals was 22-of-34 passing for 319 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for Vanderbilt. Wide receiver Chris Pierce had four receptions for 97 yards and two scores.

Florida finally got separation when running back Dameon Pierce’s 1-yard touchdown run with 9:47 left in the third quarter gave the Gators a 24-10 lead, the first double-digit advantage for either team.

After a Vandy punt to the Gators 9, Trask escaped Vanderbilt’s pass rush, rolled right and threw a 46-yard strike to wide receiver Justin Shorter to get UF across midfield. Six plays later, Trask found Gamble for a 2-yard touchdown throw with 2:55 left in the third for a three-touchdown lead.

Vanderbilt answered when Seals found Pierce open over the middle, as the senior stumbled and broke tackles on his way to a 58-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 31-17.

The Commodores had a chance to get within seven late, but the drive stalled on the Gators’ side of midfield. Florida took over at its 1 following a punt, and then Trask hit Gamble with a 33-yard catch-and-run down the right sideline on the first play.

Backup quarterback Emory Jones finished the drive, hitting a wide-open Gamble for a 30-yard score that put UF back up by 21 with 6:46 to play.

Vanderbilt scored on the game’s first possession, with Seals hitting Pierce with a 16-yard dart for a touchdown with 10:50 left. It was the Commodores’ first lead since the first quarter of their season opener.

Florida answered on its first possession when Vanderbilt defensive back Jaylen Mahoney tripped, leaving Toney wide-open for an easy 27-yard TD throw.

The teams then traded field goals, Vandy’s, a 25-yarder from Pierson Cooke and UF, a 33-yarder by Evan McPherson.

The Gators took their first lead at 17-10 when Trask found wide receiver Trevon Grimes with a 34-yard throw with 49 seconds left in the half.

Trask added to his impressive Heisman resume with Saturday’s showing, leaving Nashville with 31 touchdowns to three interceptions this year.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2020; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen talks with quarterback Kyle Trask (11) on the sideline during a football game against Arkansas at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brad McClenny-USA TODAY NETWORK

No. 6 Florida on prowl vs. winless Vanderbilt

No. 6 Florida hopes to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive when it visits Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Florida (5-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) has been on a roll since its 41-38 loss to Texas A&M on Oct. 10, thanks to an offense that averages 45.8 points, 511.7 yards per game and 7.4 yards per play.

Gators quarterback Kyle Trask has 2,171 passing yards with 28 touchdowns and three interceptions to establish himself as a Heisman Trophy contender.

Trask has plenty of help. Eight Gators have logged at least 100 receiving yards with tight end Kyle Pitts leading the way with 24 receptions, 414 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

The defense is doing its part as well. Zach Carter was named the SEC’s defensive lineman of the week for the second time this season after Saturday’s three-tackle, one-sack performance that included a 35-yard touchdown on a fumble return in a 63-35 victory over Arkansas.

The Commodores (0-6, 0-6) are watching their season go in a different direction and the problems start on defense.

Vanderbilt ranks 12th in the SEC in scoring defense (35.8 points) and 11th in total defense (443 yards). Its 7 yards allowed per play is 12th in the league. Vanderbilt also ranks last in the SEC in turnover margin at minus-seven.

Kentucky is last in the league in total offense and defeated the Commodores,38-35, on Saturday. The Wildcats didn’t punt until the final seconds of the third quarter.

But Trask said the Gators won’t take the Commodores lightly, even after a 56-0 home victory over them last season.

“Some people even said (Arkansas) was a trap game, but we did a great job of ignoring all the outside noise and focusing on our job and what we can do and just practicing to our full potential every single day,” Trask said. “… We’re not playing (just) to win every game, we’re playing to play to our full potential every game, which obviously, hopefully, includes winning.”

Vanderbilt has at least found a bright spot with a young offense that is guided by first-year coordinator Todd Fitch. The Commodores exceeded 400 yards total offense in each of the last three games.

A pair of true freshman quarterbacks have been a reason for excitement.

Ken Seals has hit 66.8 percent of his passes for 1,291 yards and eight touchdowns. There have also been eight interceptions, but Seals showed growth against Kentucky by not turning over the ball.

Backup quarterback Mike Wright also accounted for a rushing and passing score when inserted in a pair of goal-to-go situations last week.

There might be opportunity to move the ball against the Gators, who give up 411.3 yards and 30 points per game.

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason secured his seventh losing season at Vanderbilt in as many tries with a 38-35 loss at Kentucky last week. Speculation has only grown as to whether Mason will return to for an eighth year.

“I haven’t had any conversations with anybody,” Mason said this week, when asked if he has spoken with school officials about his future.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2020; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats defensive back Tyrell Ajian (23) scores a touchdown against Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Cam Johnson (7) at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky secures narrow win over Vanderbilt

Kentucky ran for 308 yards as the Wildcats beat Vanderbilt, 38-35, at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky, on Saturday afternoon.

The ‘Cats, who struggled to a 14-3 loss to Georgia without quarterback Terry Wilson last week, had an offensive transformation thanks to their senior, who was 13 of 15 passing for 110 yards and ran seven times for 83 more.

The Wildcats ripped off 277 yards and 8.9 yards per play in the first half thanks to Wilson, who accounted for three touchdowns and 171 yards of total offense before the break in giving UK a 24-14 lead.

Running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. added 13 carries for 149 yards and two scores for the Wildcats (3-4).

Vanderbilt running back Keyon Henry-Brooks, the team’s leading rusher, carried 29 times for 121 yards before leaving the game with an injury with about 10 minutes to play. The ‘Dores posted a season high in points.

After Vandy (0-6) went three-and-out on its first possession of the second half, punter Harrison Smith hit a low, 34-yard punt that wide receiver Josh Ali returned 39 yards to the Vandy 26. Rodriguez Jr. ran for a 3-yard score on a first-and-goal play, putting the Wildcats up, 31-14.

The Commodores answered when backup quarterback Mike Wright raced in for a 2-yard touchdown run.

But Kentucky put the game away when Rodriguez raced virtually untouched for a 74-yard touchdown through a hole created by right guard Austin Dotson.

In the first half, Wilson sucked the Commodores in with play-action fakes before throwing a pair of touchdowns, the first for 15 yards to tight end Justin Rigg and the other to tight end Keaton Upshaw for 21 yards with 10:28 left in the second quarter.

In between, Wilson took a quarterback keeper and sprinted untouched down the right sideline for a 32-yard touchdown with 3:48 left in the first quarter.

Vandy quarterback Ken Seals hit a wide-open Chris Pierce with a 34-yard touchdown toss 30 seconds into the second quarter. Wright hit tight end Ben Bresnahan with a 2-yard touchdown pass with 3:40 in the second quarter to help pull VU within 21-14.

But Wilson escaped pressure and scrambled for 27 on third-and-26, keeping alive a drive that ended in Chance Poore’s 28-yard field goal on the half’s last play.

Vandy never led but pulled closer at the end on a 2-yard touchdown run from walk-on running back Mitchell Pryor and a Seals 7-yard TD throw to wide receiver Cam Johnson with 30 seconds left.

The Wildcats played with heavy hearts after offensive line coach John Schlarman died of cancer on Thursday. Schlarman coached at Kentucky from 2013-20.

Kentucky took the field without a left guard in honor of Schlarman, who played that position at UK. The Wildcats took a delay of game in his honor, which the Commodores declined.

Left tackle Landon Young, who normally wears No. 67, wore No. 65 in honor of Schlarman, who wore that number during his Wildcat career.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2020; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Joey Gatewood (2) throws a pass in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt, Kentucky trying to get offenses going

Two struggling offenses meet in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday when Vanderbilt face Kentucky on Saturday.

Three weeks ago, the Wildcats (2-4, 2-4) looked to be on the right track after a 34-7 pounding of Tennessee in Knoxville. But since then, Kentucky has lost by scores of 20-10 (at Missouri) and 14-3 (at home vs. Georgia) and averaged just 3.7 yards per play.

Kentucky’s biggest problem is its passing game. Quarterback Joey Gatewood hit 15 of 25 throws against Georgia, but they went for just 91 yards and he was sacked four times. The previous week, quarterback Terry Wilson (4 of 11, 38 yards, one touchdown) went most of the way.

Wilson, a senior, was out with a wrist injury last week. The school’s official depth chart lists the situation as Wilson “or” Gatewood (in that order) for the Vanderbilt game.

“There is no denying we’ve been falling short in the passing game,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said this week. “I’ve not denied that, the coaches haven’t and the players (haven’t). We need to improve, we need to be more balanced.”

The Wildcats have been outstanding on defense, leading the Southeastern Conference in scoring defense (19.0) and ranking third in total defense (355.3 yards) while allowing 5.0 yards per play. Inside linebacker Jamin Davis leads the team with 58 tackles (33 solo), adding two interceptions, a pair of break-ups, a sack, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.

“Kentucky is a good football team,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said on Tuesday. “We’re going to have to be physical on both sides of the ball. We’re going to have to tackle well.”

In some ways, the Commodores’ offense came to life the last two weeks, gaining 421 yards against Ole Miss, followed by 478 against Mississippi State. It comes as Vanderbilt is finding play-makers for true freshman quarterback Ken Seals. Running back Keyon Henry-Brooks has 368 yards from scrimmage in those two games, and wide receiver Cam Johnson has caught 24 passes for 211 yards in the same span.

The problem last week was the Commodores’ five turnovers — four by Seals — which led to 14 points for Mississippi State. Another turnover on downs led to a Bulldogs field goal.

Throw in a shaky kicking game — Vanderbilt (0-5, 0-5 SEC) is 2 of 6 on field goals this season — and Vanderbilt managed just 38 points the past two weeks even with the improvements.

The problem for Vanderbilt two weeks ago was defense: Ole Miss gashed the Commodores for 641 yards, 54 points and 12.1 yards per pass. But last week, the defense was outstanding, allowing 204 yards to Mississippi State.

The key there was the same as it was in Vanderbilt’s near-miss of an upset at Texas A&M in the season opener, and that is defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo (3.5 sacks this season) and outside linebacker Andre Mintze (two) helping generate a pass rush.

But the Commodores aren’t making plays on the back end, allowing 13 passing touchdowns, 8.1 yards per attempt and just one interception.

Kentucky is a 17-point favorite, and has won the last four meetings in the annual series. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2020; Starkville, Mississippi, USA;  Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers (2) attempts to break the tackle of Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman McKinnley Jackson (35) during the fourth quarter at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt, Mississippi State look to get offenses going

Two Southeastern Conference teams with struggling offenses attempt to snap four-game losing streaks when Vanderbilt visits Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon in Starkville, Miss.

The Commodores (0-4, 0-4) are looking for their first win and the Bulldogs (1-4, 1-4) haven’t won since opening the season with a 44-34 upset against LSU.

Mississippi State (14.8 points per game) and Vanderbilt (11.3) are the league’s two worst scoring offenses. State ranks 12th in total offense (348.8 yards per game) while the Commodores are dead last (297.8).

After quarterback K.J. Costello threw for an SEC-record 623 yards in the win against the Tigers, coach Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense has gone cold, scoring zero points twice and 14 in each of the other two games.

Costello has thrown one touchdown and eight interceptions post-LSU. Last week, he threw for 16 yards on 11 attempts vs. Alabama before leaving with a head injury. But true freshman quarterback Will Rogers (one touchdown, four interceptions, 4.4 yards per attempt) has also struggled.

The pair are State’s only two eligible scholarship quarterbacks. Leach says that MSU is monitoring Costello’s health, and believes the Bulldogs haven’t lost heart.

“Honestly, it’s kind of ‘committed to improve,’” Leach said this week, when asked to describe the team’s mood. “I’m not happy with the results, but committed to improve.”

The Bulldogs rank second in the league in total defense (336.2) but eighth in scoring defense (29.6). MSU’s minus-12 turnover margin hasn’t helped.

The Commodores played their best offensive game last week against a weak Ole Miss defense. Quarterback Ken Seals was 31-for-40 with a VU freshman-record 319 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 54-21 loss.

The defense, however, was lit up for 641 yards. Vanderbilt had shown promise there in a season-opening, 17-12 loss to Texas A&M, but has been out-scored 136-35 since.

The Commodores didn’t play three weeks prior to Saturday’s game due to opt-outs and positive COVID-19 tests that postponed the Missouri game, which came next to a bye week.

Coach Derek Mason’s defense has all kinds of experience. On Tuesday, Mason blamed the recent drop-off on a lack of continuity due to a lack of bodies.

“The experience piece is good, but when you haven’t played together enough, you’re still trying to get that timing, that trust,” Mason said

It’s been a war of attrition for both teams.

Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill (295 yards from scrimmage in three games) didn’t play the next two and recently confirmed he’s done for the year. He’s the eighth Bulldog to leave in the last three weeks, though several weren’t significant contributors.

As for Vanderbilt, four key offensive linemen opted out before the season began. Mason announced that starting safety Donovan Kaufman (who missed the last two games for health reasons) is done this year, and that running back Ja’Veon Marlow remains suspended a second straight week.

This is Mississippi State’s homecoming. The Bulldogs are 19.5-point favorites.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores running back Keyon Henry-Brooks (21) fights for extra yards as he is tackled by Mississippi Rebels defensive back Keidron Smith (20) during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Corral (6 TDs) leads Ole Miss to rout of Vanderbilt

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore shattered school records as the Rebels obliterated Vanderbilt in a 54-21 win at Nashville’s Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Corral was 31 of 34 passing for 412 yards and tied Eli Manning’s single-game record with six touchdowns. Manning’s came in overtime, while Corral was done midway through the third quarter.

Moore set a single-game school record with 238 receiving yards, and tied school records for touchdown catches (three) and receptions (14) in a game.

Vandy (0-4) had three full weeks without a game to prepare, but it didn’t look that way. Ole Miss (2-4) scored touchdowns on eight of its first nine possessions, with the only blemish being a 23-second drive to end the first half. The Rebels led 33-14 and had 413 yards at half.

Moore got open deep for scores of 28 and 36 yards in the first half and took a shovel pass from Corral on an end-around from the 1 for the other.

Both quarterbacks came out on fire. Corral completed his first 19 passes and Vandy’s Ken Seals, his first 10. Neither team threw an incompletion until Seals lofted one out of bounds with 6:09 left in the second quarter.

The Rebels helped themselves with defensive tackle Ryder Anderson’s sack that took Vandy out of field goal range early; that set up a punt that led to a 93-yard scoring drive.

Soon after, Vanderbilt punter Jared Wheatley shanked a 4-yard punt into the stands, with Moore getting that 36-yard score on the next snap with 49 seconds left in the first quarter.

Seals found tight end Ben Bresnahan and wide receiver Chris Pierce with second-quarter scoring strikes.

The Rebels picked up where they left off at half, with Corral hitting wide receiver Dontario Drummond with a 14-yard touchdown pass to the right back corner of the end zone. Corral then scored on a 2-point play.

After Vandy wide receiver Jayden Harrison fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Rebels linebacker Zikerrion Baker fell on it at the VU 21, Corral hit Kenny Yeboah for a nine-yard score and a 48-14 lead with 7:06 left in the third quarter.

With Corral’s day done, backup quarterback John Rhys Plumlee hit wide receiver Braylon Sanders with a 37-yard touchdown pass with 37 seconds left in the third quarter.

Seals finished 31-for-40 and set a VU freshman record for passing yards (319).

–Field Level Media