Ole Miss 41, Vandy 3 - The good, bad, ugly

You may have thought were had been transported back in time to the mid 1990s when Vanderbilt football rarely found the end zone. However, this was even worse. At least the teams back then could play defense. This Vandy team, although loaded with talent, is finding little it can do right. Here are some positives and negatives from the game.



1) Ralph Webb coninues to churn out yardage, gaining 95 yards on 18 carries (5.3). For the second week in a row he averaged at least five yards per carry.

2) Reduced turnovers. Last week we saw the 'Dores gift Temple with seven turnovers. This week that number is down to just one, a costly interception.

3) Vandy earns an offensive score. Tommy Openshaw's fourth quarter 26-yard field goal provided the first offensive score of the 2014 season and ended an unfathomable seven quarter drought to start the season. I know its just three points but at least the team can build on it.


1) Quarterback Stephen Rivers was ineffective as a quarterback completing just 6-of-25 attempts for 60 yards. His third quarter pick six pass allowed the Rebels to put the game out of reach. Rivers finished with a 36.2 quarterback rating compared to Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace's 177.3 rating

2) VU defense struggles. What was particularly disheartening was seeing how far the defense has fallen since 2013. The Commodores have now given up 78 points in two games and we are not talking juggernaut opponents either. Rarely were Vandy defenders able to make a stop on first contact. Players continue to miss tackles or be out of position. Time outs were taken in the second half to rest the poorly conditioned defense.

3) Vandy is 0-2 after what were believed to be two winnable games. Most thought the 'Dores would be at least 1-1 at this point. The 0-2 start is disastrous. VU must now win six of the next 10 contests to become bowl eligible.

Vandy will now prepare for a scrappy UMass team. The Minutemen are also 0-2 but were able to score 38 points on Colorado today. Let's hope things can get better before they get worse.

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