Report Card: Vanderbilt vs. LSU

The game is over now: LSU 23 Vanderbilt 9. VandyMania.com's armchair quarterback analyzes every element of the Commodores' performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Vanderbilt
9

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LSU
23

AREA
GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
C+
If we had to grade just the quarterback Larry Smith would have an 'A-'. Smith looked solid passing and rarely ever fired a bad pass. Whatever went wrong with the passing game wasn't his fault. He was sacked three times and had an interception. There were dropped passes, it was wet. The one interception wasn't on him either.
RUSHING OFFENSE
B
Zac Stacy continued to do great things, gaining 89 yards in 20 carries which was good for a 4.4 yard per carry average. Kennard Reeves also looked solid gaining 35 yards in just five carries. The offensive line played well opening good holes for VU runners. Hopefully the loss of James Williams won't adversely affect the running game too much.
PASSING DEFENSE
B+
Vanderbilt played well against LSU's passing game. The VU defenders were able to put some heat on the Tiger quarterback; Brent Trice, Patrick Benoist (2) and Broderick Stewart all had sacks. Stewart also broke a pass up as did Myron Lewis. Vandy should have had an interception but a very questionable penalty negated that.
RUSHING DEFENSE
B-
Keilland Williams, LSU's top runner, finished with an unremarkable 72 yards rushing but the Tigers had a combined 178 yards rushing which is pretty good. Chris Marve led the Commodore linebacker in tackles with 11. He had one impressive de-cleating tackle in the second half.
SPECIAL TEAMS
B
Punter Brett Upson had a much better game punting with a 38 yard per punt average in 8 punts. He had one that went for 48 yards. Ryan Fowler did not attempt a field goal. Jamie Graham and Warren Norman shared kickoff return duties and did well. There were no major breakdowns on the kicking or return units.
COACHING
B-
This wasn't one of Vanderbilt's better coaching jobs. Although Vandy played the Tigers tough and the game didn't turn into a rout, morale victories are a thing of the past in the Commodore nation. No Vandy fans care about playing close, they want to win. The offense has to be fixed. The quarterback is there that can do the job, let's get the offense rolling.
OVERALL GRADE
B
Even though the score wasn't too ugly, most who follow Vanderbilt football know this game could have been much closer. Now the team needs to put this disappointing loss behind them and get ready for a dangerous Mississippi State squad that would love to put a damper on Vandy's bowl hopes, like they almost did last year.

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