Vandy Game Statistics

Although it was a close game on the scoreboard, Alabama had the better of it statistically against Vanderbilt at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday.

Alabama had 23 first downs (11 rushing, 10 passing, two by penalty) to 12 first downs by Vanderbilt (four rushing, seven passing, one by penalty).

Alabama had 40 rushing attempts for 134 net yards gained on the ground, while the Commodores had 23 rushes for 80 net yards. Bama completed 18 of 29 passes for 207 yards with one interception and one touchdown (all by quarterback John Parker Wilson), while Vandy was good on 16 of 24 passes for 155 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

The Crimson Tide had total offense of 69 plays for 349 yards,4.9 yards per play. Vanderbilt had 47 plays for 235 total yards, 5.0 yards per play.

Alabama had two fumbles and lost both of them. Vandy fumbled once and lost it.

Vanderbilt was penalized two times for 30 yards, Bama three times for 28 yards.

Bama's P.J. Fitzgerald had three punts for 102 yards, a 34-yard average, Vandy five punts for 218 yards, 43.6 yards per. Both teams had two punts inside the 20 and no touchbacks.

Alabama kickoff coverage improved from the first week as the Tide allowed an average of only 17 yards per return on four kickoffs. Vandy allowed only two kickoff returns for only 26 yards.

Alabama had a large margin in time of possession, 36:23 to 23:37. In the fourth quarter, Alabama kept the ball for 11:17, Vandy for only 3:43.

Bama was good on eight of 15 third down conversion opportunities, but missed on its one fourth down try (a fake field goal run). Vandy was good on four of 12 third down plays and made good on its one fourth down try.

Alabama was good on two of four Red Zone scoring opportunities (two field goals and two lost fumbles) and Vandy was good on its only Red Zone appearance of the year, its touchdown play.

Although he did not have a great game, Kenneth Darby was Alabama's leading rusher with 21 carries for 65 yards, a 3.1 yards per carry average and with a long run of 17 yards. Jimmy Johns had seven carries for 37 yards, Tim Castille five for 19, Wilson five for nine, Le'Ron McClain one for two, and P.J. Fitzgerald one for two as the holder on the fake field goal run.

Keith Brown had a good day receiving, eight catches for 99 yards. D.J. Hall had four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown, Tim Castille three for nine, Nikita Stover one for 36, Matt Caddell one for 15, and Darby one for an eight-yard loss.

Javier Arenas had an 18-yard return on a kickoff and Johns had an eight-yard runback on a squib kick.

Simeon Castille had two pass interceptions and Juwan Simpson one pass interception.

Leigh Tiffin was good on both his field goal attempts, a 37-yarder to start the scoring and a 47-yarder to end it.

Andrew Friedman averaged just over 60 yards on his four kickoffs.

Juwan Simpson led Alabama in tackling with three primary stops and four assists and had one tackle for a three-yard loss. Terrence Jones had three primary and three assists, Wallace Gilberry 4-1 (with two tackles for loss of two yards), Jeffrey Dukes 4-1, Rashad Johnson 4-0 (1 TFL for 4), Simeon Castille 1-3 (and combined with Zach Schreiber on a tackle for a one-yard loss), Lionel Mitchell 3-0, Dominic Lee (2-1 (1-2), Prince Hall (1-2), Ramzee Robinson 2-0, Marcus Carter 1-1, Jeremy Clark 0-2, and Justin Woodall, Jimmy Johns, Marcel Stamps, Matt Collins, Zach Schreiber, Keith Saunders, and Cory Reamer all involved in one tackle each.

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