Vanderbilt-Ole Miss in review

Vanderbilt fell to Ole Miss on Thursday night, 39-35. Here are some thoughts following one of the most exciting games ever played at Vanderbilt Stadium.

- Just before the half when Vandy led 21-10 and was on fire, Ole Miss went for it on fourth down and made it. They didn't score on that possession but I think that was still big. Vandy was playing well and might have added another score before the half if given the opportunity. Ole Miss was able to get to the locker room and make some adjustments that worked well in the second stanza.

- Jerron Seymour was Vanderbilt's best running back. He had the most yards and was more elusive than the other two. He is the closest thing we have to Zac Stacy. He also didn't fumble.

- We'll always remember that Jeff Scott run as what cost Vandy the game but to me it was the first quarter when the 'Dores could do little on offense while giving Ole Miss two short fields to score.

- Jonathan Krause played fine game for Vandy, replacing suspended Chris Boyd. He not only caught six passes for 66 yards but made a super block that enabled Jordan Matthews to score a touchdown.

- The crowd was a sellout but there are still way too many opposing fans in Vanderbilt's stadium. Some observers said that there were 12 to 15,000 Rebel fans in the stands. The goal should be to keep opposing fans to 5,000 or less in the 40,000 seat Vanderbilt Stadium. Before an expansion is made to the stadium there should be at least 85 to 90 percent Vanderbilt fans in the stands at games.

- Laquon Treadwell was the difference maker for Ole Miss. He's a receiver that is as good as any of the many super freshmen that we've seen over the past few years at that position in the SEC. Most of them moved on to the NFL after a year or two of college ball. They all had three things in common, they were big, strong and fast.

- Vanderbilt had four sacks at halftime, which is outstanding, but finished the game with the same number. If they could have gotten a couple in the second half they likely win. "The problem is that we didn't have enough [pressure] early or late," said James Franklin after the game.

- On kickoff returns, I think it makes sense to down the ball in the end zone and get to start at the 25 rather than trying to return the ball only to get stuffed at the 10-yard line, like Kimbrow was twice. Of course if you are behind and trying to light a spark for your team, that's a different situation.

- Now it's on to game No. 2 of the 2013 Vanderbilt football season against Austin Peay who will visit from Clarksville. We'll get a good look at the Governors on Saturday when they visit the Tennessee Vols in the season opener for both those teams.


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