Perhaps the most troubling aspect of Andrews' big night, from Vanderbilt's perspective, is that most of his yards came on running plays between the tackles. The Deacons did nothing fancy and often plowed straight ahead at the Commodores. Time after time, Andrews slashed through the VU defense for sizable gains.
In fact, some of us in the press box wondered aloud why Wake Forest ever bothered to throw a pass when the running game was yielding such fruit.
It's worth noting again that Vanderbilt's starting defensive line Thursday consisted of a pair of ends who did not play in that spot in 2004: converted linebacker Herdley Harrison and Chris Booker, who was out with a knee injury. Theo Horrocks started at one defensive tackle slot after playing end last season. Only senior tackle Ralph McKenzie offered much starting experience.
In addition, projected starting tackle Ray Brown missed the game with a foot injury. The backup tackles were Lamar Divens and Gabe Hall, and neither has yet to establish himself as a factor in the college game.
The challenge figures to get no easier this week at Arkansas, a team that loves to move the ball through power running. In last week's opening win, three Hogs rushed for more than 100 yards, and the team piled up 483.
One week into the season, this is a burning question for Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt began its game-winning drive at Wake Forest last Thursday with 3:02 remaining. The Commodores say they had no doubt that they would win, and their belief came true when tailback Jeff Jennings plunged across the goal-line with 1:48 left.
"We were confident all night long," quarterback Jay Cutler said.
Added linebacker Moses Osemwegie: "There was never a doubt in my mind that they were going to score."
When asked why Vandy suddenly played with so much confidence after a demoralizing 2-9 season in 2004, receiver Marlon White had a quick answer.
"That's in the past," he said. "We're living in today."
Ralph McKenzie (95) chases after Wake Forest's Benjamin Mauk (8) (AP Photo/Chris Keane)