Yellow Jackets sting Vanderbilt 38-7

Vanderbilt continued its struggles against Georgia Tech on Saturday when the Commodores fell 38-7 in a game that deals a devastating blow on Vandy's bowl hopes. Tech runners continually slashed through the Vandy defense for large chunks of yardage but it was the Yellow Jacket passing attack that drew first blood.

Vanderbilt's once vaunted defense allowed Tech 511 yards on 61 plays   Vandy was burned on the first Georgia Tech offensive play of the game when quarterback Justin Thomas found Marcus Marshall for an 81-yard scoring pass.   

The Commodores answered the Tech score when Kyle Shurmur found Kalija Lipscomb for a 10-yard scoring pass with 5:20 remaining in the first quarter.  But it wasn't meant to be.  Tech scored 10 more points in the first half including a field goal in the final minute of the second quarter to head to the locker room with a 17-7 lead.  

The second half was all Tech as the Yellow Jackets continued to move the ball almost at will.  The Commodores had problems covering the pitch man and often found themselves chasing a Yellow Jacket player who was able to pick up large amounts of yardage.  In the third quarter Tech extended its lead to 24-7 on a Detrick Mills 4-yard run.  Later, which 56 seconds left in the third quarter Mills scored again, this time from five yards to give the Jackets a 31-7 lead with 2:46 remaining in the third.  The Jackets struck again with a long pass in the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Matthew Jordan connected over the middle with Clinton Lynch for a 77-yard score. 

Vanderbilt's Shurmur completed 17-of-26 passes for 174 yards a touchdown and his first interception of the 2016 season.  Kalija Lipscomb had six receptions for 59 yards and the touchdown.  Ralph Webb had 69 yards on 18 carries with a long of 14 yards.  Safety LaDarius Wiley led Vandy with eight tackles.

A somber Derek Mason commented on the blowout loss after the game.

"I thought we were prepared," said Mason. "They executed like we thought they would. We need to execute better. It was a tough day at the office." 

A pleased Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, who is now 4-0 for his career against Vandy with two wins at Navy and now two at Tech, was happy to get younger players some live work.

"I was frustrated with some of our down the line guys not knowing assignments and how to line up and that kind of thing, but it was good to get a lot of people out there," said the veteran head coach. "We played pretty much everybody that we could play."

Vanderbilt falls to 1-2 with the loss.  The Commodores will visit Western Kentucky in Bowling Green on Saturday.   Georgia Tech improves to 3-0.  Vanderbilt now trails the Yellow Jackets 15-20-3 all-time. The last time  the Commodores defeated Tech was in 1941. Derek Mason still has not won back-to-back games since coming to Vanderbilt. 

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