Vandy Wins!

The Commodores improve to 1-2 after a stirring 34-31 comeback win over Massachusetts. After scoring no offensive touchdowns in the first two games of the season, the Commodores managed to score 14 points in the fourth quarter to pull out a much-needed victory. Look inside for the good, bad and ugly from the game.

THE GOOD, BAD AND THE UGLY
VANDERBILT 34, MASSACHUSETTS 31

THE GOOD

1) Vandy wins! It was Derek Mason's first 'W' as Commodore head coach. Hopefully there will be many more to come. The Vandy nation can now breath a sigh of relief.

2) Offensive production up. The offense has been pitiful the past two games. The Vandy staff did the right thing and put Patton Robinette back in as quarterback. No he isn't the second coming of Joe Namath, but Robinette is scrappy and has good leadership skills. I'll take 15-21 passes complete for 147 yards a short TD and no interceptions over what we've had the past two games any day. Robinette also scored TD on the ground. With two minutes left in the game and Vandy still down 31-26 Robinette threw a pass up for grabs to C.J. Duncan. Duncan won a battle for the ball with a UMass DB to put the 'Dores in good shape at the Minutemen's 4-yard-line. One play later Vanderbilt was in the lead. For the game, Vandy had 310 total yards including 150 through the air and 160 on the ground.

3) Ralph Webb passes 100 yards in rushing. Last week he just missed a 100 yard game. This week the redshirt freshman piled up 116 yards on 29 carries for a still solid 4.5 yards per rush. All in all there's still a lot of work to be done on the Commodore offense but there is now something called hope and the boys are starting to gain confidence.

4) Vandy defense helps offense. Adam Butler scored a touchdown in the first half by jumping UMass fumble in the end zone to pull Vandy to within 17-13 of the Minutemen.

THE BAD AND UGLY

1) Special teams. Not too good, especially the coverage teams. Vandy allowed a fake punt that went for a touchdown. The Commodores also allowed UMass to return a kickoff 74 yards to the Vandy 23. That return resulted in a UMass field goal. Down 17-13, Vanderbilt also went for two and didn't make it due to missed blocking assignments. The Commodore special teams did score a touchdown for Vandy though, when Stephen Weatherley blocked a punt, then scooped it up to run for the score.

2) Defense still needs work. The Commodores gave up 346 yards and 20 first downs to a MAC team. The Minutemen were able to convert on 8-of-17 first downs to keep drives going and the VU defense on the field. There were numerous missed tackles and players just being out of position.

3) Penalties. Again, similar to Temple, we saw a smorgasbord of penalties on the Commodores to stifle VU drives or keep UMass drives going. This has to be cleaned up if the Dores are to have a shot at winning any more games.

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