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Three keys reviewed: Vanderbilt vs. Texas A&M

Vanderbilt fell to Texas A&M 25-0 on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium. Before the game established three keys for defeating the Aggies. We will now review those three keys.

Key No. 1 - Ralph Webb runs wild - FAIL

Ralph Webb had 51 yards in the opening quarter but after that only managed 28 more yards the rest of the game.  This happened because the Aggies realized the 'Dore offense  couldn't get their passing game going which led to A&M stacking the box to defend the run. The Commodores needed a 150-200 yard type of game from Webb in order to have a chance of winning.  

Key No. 2 - Fewer mistakes on both sides of ball  FAIL

Vanderbilt had a costly interception on offense. Yes, the Aggies missed a field goal there but it still took away a Vandy offensive possession.  The special teams gave up a blocked punt which immediately put A&M in the Commodore red zone.  The defense allowed a 95-yard scoring reception.  When you have one of the worst offenses in the nation, you simply cannot do these things and expect to win.  

Key No. 3 - VU defensive line terrorizes A&M  PUSH

Vanderbilt did come up with three sacks of Kyle Allen.  The Commodores also stopped several A&M drives, forcing field goals.  This had a lot to do with the play of the big guys on the defensive line. However, to say the Vandy D-line terrorized A&M is a push.   Much of the breakdowns defensively had to do with the defensive backs' lack of awareness of the location of the ball.  In a couple of situations, had the VU defensive back turned his head he likely would have had an interception.   

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