Vandy stumbles then rumbles over Austin Peay, 47-7

Trailing Austin Peay 7-3 in the second quarter, there was a "here we go again" sigh as Vanderbilt's offense had sputtered once again, after earlier failing to score on an FCS school after driving to its 5-yard line. Despite this setback, Vanderbilt led by receiver Trent Sherfield and his school record 240 yards receiving, would respond and take control of game.

After falling behind 7-3 Vanderbilt quickly marched 78 yards in 3:46 to take a 10-7 lead.  A Ralph Webb 3-yard run capped a drive that was jumpstarted by a 43-yard pass from Johnny McCrary to DeAndre Woods. 

After a three and out by the Govs, Vandy was back on the march.  On this drive Trent Sherfield would make a key 22-yard catch that put the Commodores in business at the APSU 24.    A Tommy Openshaw 38-yard field goal gave Vandy a 13-7 lead with 3:44 left in the half.  

The Commodore defense forced Peay to punt yet again and Vandy would make the team from Clarksville pay with yet another score.  In a drive in which Sherfield made two catches, Vandy's McCrary would connect with Ralph Webb for his second touchdown of the day, on a 9-yard reception.  Webb would go on to score three touchdowns during the game. A two point conversion attempt by Kris Kentera failed and Vandy would lead 19-7 at the half.  Unlike previous games, the failed 2-point conversion wouldn't matter though, as the Commodores would dominate in the second half.  

Vanderbilt came out in the second half and picked up where it left off in the first half.  Six plays is all it took for Vandy to reach the end zone.  A 42-yard reception to Sherfield to the APSU 3 was the key in this drive.  A 3-yard run by Webb put Vanderbilt up 26-7 13:10 left in the quarter.  

After four consecutive scoring drives by the 'Dores Vandy would finally have a drive end with no points when a Openshaw field goal attempt missed short from 50 yards on a kick that was into the wind.  

The Commodores would go on to score three more touchdowns.  Trent Sherfield scored on 26-yard pass from McCrary passes with 3:45 left in the third to make the score 33-7.  As the third stanza ended McCrary, who completed an impressive 28-of-33 passes for 368 yards and two scores, ran for 16 yards to put Vandy up 40-7.  A four yard run by Dallas Rivers completed the Vandy scoring.  

After the game Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason spoke about the slow start and the team then taking control of the game.  

"It's about tempo... I said, `Let's go," said Mason "Let's kick this thing up.' What you saw was Johnny [McCrary] getting into rhythm. Ralph [Webb] ran the ball hard. Those three-yard runs turned into five-, seven-, and eight-yard runs." 

Mason said he expects more now from Sherfield after his record setting performance.  

"I congratulated him two days ago after practice. He works the hardest... He got his just due today... It's a small taste of what he can do. Now he has to do it every week in the SEC." 

Vanderbilt tallied its first points in the first quarter this season when Tommy Openshaw nailed a 40-yard field goal with 47 seconds to go. The Commodore had earlier seen a drive end fruitlessly inside the APSU 5 when Ledarius Banks was stuffed on a fourth-and 1 attempt. 

The Governors snuck one in on the Commodores in the second quarter when the Peay appeared to be going for it on fourth and 2 at the Vandy 44.  Instead, quarterback Trey Taylor pooch punted.  The ball hit Vandy's Ryan White in the hands and bounced to the ground where Juwan Davis recovered for the Govs at the Vandy 17.  Two plays later Austin Peay's Taylor found Raashan Coleman down the middle for a 14-yard scoring pass.  The Governors suddenly led the Commodores 7-3. 

Austin Peay finished with 144 yards total offense while Vandy piled up 541 yards despite using mostly reserves in the fourth quarter.  

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