USC 48, Vandy 34 - The good, bad, ugly

Vanderbilt fell 48-34 to South Carolina on Saturday night. Here's a look at the good, bad and ugly from the game.


Darrius Sims. Two kickoff returns for touchdowns, what can you say other than simply amazing? Sims took the opening kickoff through the Gamecocks for 91-yards and a touchdown to put the 'Dores up 7-0 early. Later, after USC had pulled ahead 24-14, Sims struck again, this time going for 100 yards to pull Vandy back to within three. This Sims performance sparked memories of Warren Norman several years ago who returned two kickoffs in Columbia, S.C. for TDs

Ralph Webb. Webb, for the fourth straight game, has been solid. He had 19 carries for 97 yards (5.1 YPC). One carry went for 20 yards and the Florida native nearly broke another loose for a long gain. Vandy also get 32 yards on six carries from veteran Jerron Seymour.

Tommy Openshaw. Openshaw made a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter to narrow and Gamecock lead. Later he had one blocked but then came back to make a 30 yarder for the 'Dores.


Another pick six given up. Quarterback has improved over the past two weeks for Vanderbilt. However, with less than a minute to go in the first half and Vandy leading 14-10, true freshman Wade Freebeck fired a pass towards the sideline that was intercepted by USC's Brison Williams who sprinted the opposite direction for a Gamecock touchdown. Other than that pass, Freebeck was actually a pleasant surprise. The completed 11-20 passes for 167 yards, a TD and that ugly interception. If Freebeck works hard he could have a great Vandy career.

Robinette hurt. Say it ain't so. Yes it is. Robinette has suffered another concussion. Because this is the second that could mean he's out for a month or so. The good news is that Freebeck looks like he has the tools to get the job done.

Vandy defense. Where's the excellent defense we expected to see with the arrival of Derek Mason? I can understand a little slippage as the players adjust to a new system but they are allowing nearly 40 points a game and gave up 449 yards total offense to the 'Cocks. The Vandy offense is steadily improving but the VU defense seems stuck in the mud. Someone needs to take charge of the defense and fix it.

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