Key No. 1 - SLOW DOWN KAMRYN PETTWAY - FAIL
Pettway gained 173 yards on 25 carries but didn't score a touchdown. The burly running back got about a third of that yardage on a long run in the fourth quarter but most of his yardage was gained between the twenties. Vandy's defense played an explosive offensive team well in a hostile environment.
Key No. 2 - WIN THE TURNOVER BATTLE - PUSH
Each team had one turnover with Auburn giving up a fumble and Vandy's Shurmur tossing an interception on the 'Dores final drive. Not to beat a dead horse, but the Commodore defense should have had one more fumble recovered but unfortunately the SEC officials do not know the meaning of "inconclusive."
Key No. 3 - THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS A MUST - PASS
Some new glitches and sound blocking helped Vanderbilt's offense convert on 7-of-16 first downs (43.5%) which is the most conversions of any its SEC contests. It's also the second most conversions this season after eight conversions against Western Kentucky. Vandy's defense played its heart out and did its part as well limiting the Tigers to just 4-of-12 conversions.
Vanderbilt will face its third straight contest against teams with the nickname "Tigers" when the 'Dores face Missouri in Columbia, Mo., on Saturday. If Vandy can pull this one out they'll be in the driver's seat for a possible APR bowl bid but the Dores might not need it if they can knock off either Ole Miss or Tennessee in the last two regular season games. Both those teams are reeling with injury problems.