Three Keys Revisited - Vandy at Texas A&M

Vanderbilt failed to take down a ranked team for the second week in a row in large part due to the fact the 'Dores once again spotted their opponent an insurmountable first quarter lead. For a team that is as well coached as Vanderbilt are it is perplexing how they continually come out of the gate so slowly.

Vanderbilt failed to take down a ranked team for the second week in a row in large part due to the fact the 'Dores once again spotted their opponent an insurmountable first quarter lead. For a team that is as well coached as Vanderbilt are it is perplexing how they continually come out of the gate so slowly. As they found out on Saturday, you cannot do that against a good team and expect to claw your way back into it every time.

Here is a look back at the keys.

1) Don't ask too much of Robinette - Fail

Any time you are down by 28 points early in the second quarter you are already asking too much of your quarterback. To Patton Robinette's credit he didn't buckle under this early onslaught and actually got Vandy back within eleven points to end the first half. It was one of those games where the opening score of the second half would dictate how everything played out. Unfortunately for Vandy the freshman threw a pick six on the opening play of the third quarter and that was essentially the end of the game. Two more late interceptions with the game slipping out of reach only added to the comfort factor for the Aggies.

2) Stop Jonny football running - Pass

Vanderbilt actually did a fairly good job of keeping Johnny Manziel contained in the pocket. The problem was that his line was playing well enough to keep the pass rush off of him and giving the Heisman Trophy winner plenty of time to find his targets. With a big lead built up early, and the huge momentum shifting play as the start of the third quarter, the Aggies were content with letting Manziel pass all day rather than exposing his body to hits in the option run game.

3) Defense must force turnovers - Pass

To be honest you would expect to win any game where you force five turnovers on the road. After starting horribly the defense held up its end of the bargain over the second and third quarters, the problem was that for every stop Vandy got on D the offense couldn't quite do enough to get the game into a manageable situation. Even clever coaching like the onside kick after the first Vandy score was made redundant by mistakes on both sides of the ball. This was a game that could have been much closer than it was if a couple of breaks had gone differently.

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