Report Card: Vanderbilt vs. Richmond

It's in the record books now. Vanderbilt 41 Richmond 17. VandyMania.com analyzes every element of the Commodores' performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Vanderbilt
41

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Richmond
17

AREA GRADE COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
A+
Spectacular to say the least. 284 yard passing, 223 of it to Bennett. Early on, quarterback Chris Nickson is ranked 7th nationally in Passing Efficiency. Hopefully Vandy can spread it around a little more against Alabama who will likely have two players hanging on Bennett the whole game.
RUSHING OFFENSE
B
Vandy basically ran it up the middle all night on Richmond. Started out pretty slow rushing but the Commodores ended up with a respectable 179 yards rushing, with 44 of that coming from the long run by Mackenzi Adams late in the game. Jennings averaged 6 yards a carry and helped with the passing game too. Good to have him back.
PASSING DEFENSE
B
Richmond's Eric Ward completed a respectable 18 of 23 passes but was intercepted 3 times by the Commodore defense. D.J. Moore, Jonathan Goff and even big Gabe Hall got into the act picking up interceptions.
RUSHING DEFENSE
C
Richmond's Tim Hightower had 14 rushes for 73 yards. The Spiders sliced through Vanderbilt's defense early but the Commodores tightened it up in the second half.
SPECIAL TEAMS
C-
Richmond's Justin Rogers returned a kickoff 93 yards in the third quarter. Kicker Bryant Hahnfeldt prevented another kickoff from being returned for a score. While the return for a score was a special teams disaster there were bright spots on special teams. Both D.J. Moore and Earl Bennett had great returns themselves. Hahnfeldt had a good kicking game, making 2 of 3 field goals. Brett Upson averaged 41 yards a punt.
COACHING
B
Great job with the adjustments on defense and offense that helped turn a possible Michigan-Appalachian State scenario into a rout. Need to work on kickoff returns this week.
OVERALL GRADE
B
Great start to the 2007 season. The team was able to get some reserves in late in the game for some valuable experience.

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