3 Keys Revisited - Vanderbilt vs. Austin Peay

Well, this is pretty much how games against lower level opposition are supposed to go. After a frustratingly slow start Vanderbilt piled on the points in the second quarter in route to a win over the Governors. With a very salty South Carolina squad on tap, the 'Dores did what they needed to. Here is a look back on the keys to this Commodore victory.

Well, this is pretty much how games against lower level opposition are supposed to go. After a frustratingly slow start Vanderbilt piled on the points in the second quarter in route to a very comfortable win over the Governors. With what is doubtless a very salty South Carolina squad on tap, the 'Dores did what they needed to ensure everyone is ready and raring to go next weekend. Here is a look back on the keys to this Commodore victory.

1) Strike early - Fail

Purely in terms of scoring this was a very strange game. The 'Dores were far slower out of the gate than James Franklin would have liked and Vandy scored a grand total of three points during the first, third, and fourth quarters. When Vanderbilt did score, however, they did so in grand fashion putting up a 35 point second quarter which was every bit as dominant as it sounds. Certainly the scoring would have been more prone to continue if Franklin had left the starters in, but the work was done after the barrage of points during those fifteen minutes. A special shout out here should go to the defense who held the Governors without a first down for the entire first half.

2) Find a secondary playmaker - Pass

It is obviously too soon to give this a strict pass/fail grade, but there was one player who stepped up and gave a glimpse of the future. Jordan Cunningham (maybe Vandy should just recruit guys named Jordan from now on) was an ESPN Top 150 recruit this spring and he showed that even as a true freshman he can add a new wrinkle to the 'Dores offense. His seven catches for 67 yards showcased his fluid route running and ability to gain separation from defenders. If he can continue to provide another option at wide receiver against the FBS opponents then Vanderbilt immediately becomes more dangerous on offense.

3) Rest the starters – Pass

The starters got much needed rest as the Gamecocks played out a physical and emotionally draining loss between the hedges in Athens. With no one of note playing much after half time Franklin will have been glad to get them the rest, but disappointed with the play of the second unit. With a whole half against limited competition you would expect future SEC players to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Instead the entire second half was played with Austin Peay actually winning 3-0 after the break. Both the second team offense and defense have to get better as the season wears on and players start to go down with injuries.

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