The Commodores like to run the option and the the five-step drop passing game. Both are strategies that good defensive end play can thwart.
Torbor, a senior from Baton Rouge, La., met that challenge as he had his best game of the season with six tackles in a 45-7 victory at Vanderbilt Stadium. He said a players only team meeting after the loss to Georgia Tech helped the Tigers win game three in Nashville. "Everybody needed to step up," he said. "Each individual took it upon himself and asked himself, ‘What am I not doing for this team?'"
Commenting on his sack and fumble recovery, Torbor said, "It was third and long and I saw the opportunity to get off quickly. By the time I got back to the quarterback he was setting his feet. I stripped the ball and tried to take off with it, but I ended up falling on it."
Three plays after the turnover, Ronnie Brown scored on a one-yard run to put Auburn up 31-7 with 8:45 left in the third quarter. Any hopes of a Vandy comeback were gone and Commodore fans began to leave the stadium.
"Getting ahead of them like we did made their offense have to get out of their game plan and we were able to get after them," Torbor said.
Game Notes: True freshman quarterback Courtney Denson got in for one play at quarterback and ran for two yards on a keeper in his collegiate debut. "It was fun, but I wish I could keep playing more," he said. "That one play wasn't enough for me." Denson said that he doesn't care what position he plays as long as he gets into games...Freshman defensive end Marquies Gunn saw his first action and got half a sack...Cooper Wallace said it was a good feeling to get a victory in his hometown and said despite the lopsided Auburn victory that Vandy has "a good team." Wallace added, "It feels good to finally get a win under our belt. We knew this was an important game with it being our first conference game."...Quarterback Jason Campbell agreed with the tight end Wallace, making a point to say that Vandy has a good team...Another Nashville area Tiger, John Vaughn, was not happy with missing a chip shot field goal on his first try of the game. "Nothing went right," he said. "I didn't plant good, I didn't keep my head down. I didn't follow through. It was my fault." Vaughn was six of six on PATs and kicked a 21-yard field goal...
FLYING TIGER: Tre Smith goes airborne for his first of two touchdown runs.
Vanderbilt tailback Norval McKenzie took the loss hard. "The game was just overall frustrating," he said. "We came in and worked hard this week. We had a good game plan, but to lose like this is pretty devastating."...Vandy defensive end Robert Dinwiddie said, "Everybody played their hearts out. They came out and executed and we did not execute as well as we should have on either side of the ball. They did what they had to do. In the second half they made their adjustments and won the game."...Vandy QB Jay Cutler said, "The offense started out flat in the first quarter and a half. They were blowing us off the ball."
Auburn's victory margin of 45-7 over Vandy is the largest in AU games played in Nashville since the Tigers put a 48-7 whipping on the Commodores in 1978 Joe Cribbs game...Vandy managed only one first down in the first half, the fewest given up since Tommy Tuberville was named head coach. Vandy only had 55 yards at halftime, the lowest vs. Auburn since Idaho had just 29 in the 1999 season...Jeris McIntyre's 117 receiving yards is the most eve by an Auburn player vs. Vanderbilt...AU's point total was the highest in an SEC game since beating Georgia 45-34 in 1997...AU did not throw an interception for the first time since the Ole Miss game on Nov. 2, 2002...Auburn has now won 11 straight SEC openers...Despite the 0-2 start for their team, Auburn fans turned out in large numbers. Approximately half of the 37,703 fans were cheering for the Tigers.