Passing Offense: C
Jordan Rodgers looked good on The Opening drive completing 4 for 5 passes for 48 yards. Chris Boyd did a good job of coming back to the ball for an 11-yard gain. Three plays later, Boyd laid out an excellent block for Jordan Matthews on a screen pass that went for 23 yards into Auburn territory.
Later in the drive, on third-and-8, Rodgers connected with Jonathan Krause, one yard short of the first down. Vandy continued to get Kris Kentera involved with a 7-yard completion in the red zone to set up a Wesley Tate touchdown run.
Chris Boyd laid out another excellent block on a third-and-6 screen pass to Matthews for a first down on Vandy's second drive but the next play was a turnover. The 'Dores continued with the screen game on their first touch of the second half with a 16-yard screen pass to Matthews. Boyd had a rare uncontested drop. Play-action on the following play, set up a wide open Boyd for a 37-gain.
Rodgers completed 15 for 25 pass attempts for 173 yards passing without an interception. Boyd led the Dores with 6 receptions for 77 yards receiving. Matthews added 3 catches for 46 yards receiving. The receiving pair have now posted at least a catch in 15 consecutive games.
Redshirt freshman tight end Kris Kentera posted a career-high 3 receptions for 19 yards.
Rushing Offense: A
The 'Dores came out strong on their opening drive, mixing it up with Zac Stacy and Wesley Tate running the wildcat formation. Vandy's pair of fourth down gambles in the first drive paid off with Stacy finding room to run out of the wildcat formation. Later in the drive, Tate found just enough for a first down on fourth-and-2 to keep the 16 play, 75-yard drive continuing.
In the wildcat formation, Tate capped the drive off with a 7-yard run to give the 'Dores a 7-0 lead.
On the second drive, on third-and-2, Stacy broke a 27-yard run that put the 'Dores in Auburn territory. Later in the drive, Wesley Tate was tackled in the backfield for a loss was ruled a fumble after an official review. Vandy dominated time of possession in the first quarter at 11:38.
Stacy came out looking like an absolute monster in the second half. After tearing a 19-yard run up the gut, Stacy ran the next play out of the wildcat formation for 30 yards down the sideline. On the following play, Stacy went untouched into the end zone for a 2-yard score that put Vandy up 17-10. Stacy rushed for 63 yards on 5 carries and a score in the three minutes, 85-yard drive.
Late in the game, with Vandy needing to run some time off the clock, Stacy popped back inside for a 28-yard run that made him the No. 1 All Time rusher in Vanderbilt history. Fullback Fitz Lassing laid out a nice block that allowed Stacy to get back inside. Stacy would churn away at the Tiger defense for another first down on runs of 5 and 6 yards.
With 2:33 remaining on the clock, on third-and-6, Stacy took a snap out of the wildcat formation and was held up before fumbling to give the Tigers the ball on their 31-yard line with 02:24 to go.
Stacy rushed for 169 yards on 27 carries and a score. The Commodore offensive line did not give up a sack on Jordan Rodgers on the day.
Passing Defense: B-
Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley completed 70 percent of passes but was held to 14 for 20 for 98 yards passing and was sacked five times by the Vandy defense.
Karl Butler did a nice job getting off a block to stop Onterio McCalebb at the line of scrimmage.
Chase Garnham tallied the 'Dores first sack of the night when he chased down Moseley to force a punt.
The 'Dores got a break after their second turnover of the day. Moseley had Emory Blake wide open in the end zone but missed the throw behind him. Auburn was forced to kick a 27-yard field goal.
Archibald Barnes got called for a late hit on Jonathan Wallace that moved the ball to the 24 for the Tigers.
Pressure from Andre Hal helped force a sack by Archibald Barnes to force a third-and-13 with time running out for the Tigers. The Vanderbilt pass secondary held strong giving Moseley nowhere to throw on the next two plays forcing a turnover on downs with less than a minute remaining.
Rushing Defense: B-
Auburn running back Tre Mason took the first play 17 yards down the sideline for a big gain. On the next play Moseley kept it and was tackled in the backfield by Walker May.
Auburn started the second half with three big runs to get into Commodore territory before a Jonathan Wallace fumble was recovered by the Tigers for a 10-yard loss. Two plays later, defensive end Kyle Woestmann sacked Moseley for 6 yards to force a punt.
Mason's long run of the night came with the 'Dores leading 17-10 in the third quarter.
After a Vanderbilt turnover on downs and a defensive offsides late in the fourth quarter, Auburn tried to run on four consecutive plays, but had nowhere to run and were forced to punt.
Garnham registered team-highs in tackles (9), tackles for a loss, (3½), and was the first Commodore of the season to tally 3 sacks.
Tre Mason was held to 89 yards rushing on 16 carries with a score.
Defensive end Walker May tallied 6 tackles and a quarterback hurry. Redshirt sophomore Kyle Woestmann added 4 tackles, 1½ for a loss, and his first career sack.
Special Teams: C
Vanderbilt tried to fake a punt but Wesley Tate's pitch to Stacy was fumbled and recovered by Auburn to give them excellent field position that led to a field goal. Richard Kent boomed his only punt of the first half for 53 yards to pin the Tigers inside their 20.
Tate made an excellent stop on kickoff duty, forcing the Tigers to start from their own 15-yard line Auburn was called for kick catching interference twice on Jonathan Krause returns to give the 'Dores better field position.
Running back Brian Kimbrow didn't have a problem with taking a touchback. The true freshman attempted to bring one kickoff for a gain of 22 yards. Auburn receiver Quan Bray returned a punt 9 yards for the Tigers. The 'Dores were again held without a big return but didn't have half of the trouble they had last week at Florida.
Franklin gambled on fourth down, twice in Vandy's opening drive and it paid off both times. A later gamble at the end of the first half would give Auburn great field position to march down and take a 10-7 lead.
Half way through the fourth quarter, the 'Dores tried a half back pass on fourth-and-3 but Auburn recognized it immediately and Stacy was tackled for a loss of 7 yards.
The Commodores were dominating the line of scrimmage but Auburn was able to turn two failed fourth-down conversions into 10 points for the Tigers. Richard Kent has been fantastic punting for the 'Dores this season, so why not put faith in your defense that was performing excellent? I don't think anyone was fooled, in punt formation, on fourth-and-9, with Tate and Stacy still on the field.
The 'Dores were still able to win despite a three turnover disadvantage. The game ball should go to a defense that was always pressuring junior Clint Moseley and sacked him four times on the night.
Vandy was 5 of 15 on third-down conversions while holding the Tigers to 2 of 12. The Commodores also converted 2 of 5 fourth-down conversions, both of which came in the opening drive.
The 'Dores looked dominating in the first quarter, but turnovers and fancy play calling reduced their chance at coming out with a win. Any game where you give opponents three turnovers and three more chances with good field position off turnovers on downs is a game you'll be lucky to win. The Vandy came through holding the Tigers to 212 total yards on the day. Vandy racked up 382 yards, including 209 yards rushing.
Next week Vandy will get a break from SEC play and finish their three game home series against a struggling Massachusetts team who has yet to find a win, and has been outscored by opponents 285-83 this season.
Vanderbilt Report Card: Auburn
VandyMania.com Top Stories
Bryce Drew on disciplineVanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew discusses discipline and the vetting of recruiting prospects.
Stephanie White: Goal is to improve every dayVanderbilt head women's basketball coach Stephanie White spoke to the media on Tuesday. The Commodore women open their 2016-17 schedule on October 30th with an exhibition game…
VandyMania.comTuesday at 11:22 PM
TSU: A First LookVanderbilt hopes to experience back-to-back wins for the first time since 2013 on Saturday when the Commodores host Tennessee State. Here is your first look at the Tigers.
VandyMania.comTuesday at 8:28 PM
Three Keys Reviewed: GeorgiaThe Vanderbilt Commodores spoiled Georgia's homecoming on Saturday with a 17-16 win over the Bulldogs. Prior to the game VandyMania.com established three keys for a Commodore…
VandyMania.comTuesday at 6:49 PM