Big Third Quarter Gives Vandy A 49-7 Win Over Football
Oct. 27, 2012
NASHVILLE - Vanderbilt scored 14 points in the final two minutes of the first half and had a 28-point burst in the third quarter to break open a 49-7 win over the UMass football team on Saturday night at Vanderbilt Stadium. Jordan Rodgers threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns, while the Commodore's ground game picked up 226 yards and three total scores.
With career rushing leader Zac Stacy knocked out of the game in the first quarter, Brian Kimbrow and Wesley Tate shared the rushing load for a combined 179 of the Commodores' 226 yards.
Vanderbilt (4-4, 2-3 SEC) jumped on the scoreboard first after a 28 yard punt return by Jonathan Krause put the Commodores on the UMass 25 yard line with 6:12 left in the first quarter. On the second play of the drive, Wesley Tate scored on a 25-yard run giving Vandy a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the Minutemen (0-8, 0-4 MAC) forced a Vanderbilt turnover on downs at their own 15-yard line. UMass marched the ball 74 yards on the ensuing drive but could not pick up a fourth-and-one at the Vanderbilt 9-yard line.
The Minutemen forced a punt on the next Commodore possession and UMass marched to the Vandy 28 yard line but the drive stalled after not being able to pick up a first down on fourth-and-four.
The teams traded possessions from there before Vanderbilt scored a pair of touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half. Kris Kentera caught a 25-yard pass thrown to the back left of the end zone with 1:53 to go in the second quarter.
A fumble on the ensuing kick-off gave the Commodores the ball back at the UMass 24 yard line. On the third play of the drive Rodgers scrambled to the left before diving into the endzone giving Vanderbilt a 21-0 lead with 58 seconds left in the half.
A 28-point third quarter opened up the game for Vanderbilt. Rodgers hit Chris Boyd for a 14 yard touchdown with 6:34 to go before Trey Wilson picked off a Mike Wegzyn pass returning it for a 17-yard touchdown just 90 seconds later.
After UMass went three-and-out on the next possession, the Commodores took over at their own 26 yard line and Brian Kimbrow took the opening run of the drive 74 yards for the score.
Vandy closed out the scoring in the third quarter with a 40 yard punt return for a touchdown thanks to Krause.
UMass finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard pass from Doyle to Walker with 6:05 left in the game.