'Dores dominate Ole Miss, 30-7
Vanderbilt posts largest margin of victory over SEC foe since 1971.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) --
Larry Smith ran for a touchdown, and Trey Wilson returned one of his
two interceptions for a 52-yard TD as Vanderbilt scored 21 straight in
the second quarter and beat Mississippi 30-7 Saturday in making James
Franklin the first new Commodores coach to start 3-0 since World War
The win marks Vanderbilt's first 3-0 start since 2008 when
the Commodores won their first bowl since 1955. The Commodores also
beat Mississippi (1-2) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both
teams for their fifth win in seven years in this series.
picked off five passes, all off Zack Stoudt, and Wilson's interception
return for a TD is the Commodores' third this season.
Commodores outgained Ole Miss 387-234 in total offense. Jerron
Seymour's 9-yard TD run capped the second-quarter scoring for Vandy,
and Zac Stacy also ran for 169 yards, including a 77-yard TD run.
Wayne Dorsey had one of the Rebels' two sacks and also caused a fumble, one of three turnovers forced by Ole Miss.
Miss looked disorganized and kept hurting itself as three different
offensive linemen false-started. One false start ruined a chance at
fourth-and-1 at the Vandy 40. The Rebels then had to use a timeout with
only 10 men on the field before punting.
Ole Miss coach
Houston Nutt stuck with Stoudt, though he did play Randall Mackey.
Stoudt came through with a 47-yard TD pass to Donte Moncrief with 2:15
left to avoid being shut out by Vandy for the first time since 1946.
The Commodores got going late in the second and took control.
picked up 26 yards after Smith handed the ball off to the running back
using his left, non-throwing hand, almost directly behind him in a bit
of nice misdirection. Smith finished off the drive on an option keeper
for 19 yards and a 7-0 lead with 5:40 left in the second quarter.
rotated Stoudt back in on the next series. Facing third-and-15,
defensive end Walker May hurried Stoudt into a throw that went straight
to Wilson, and the Vanderbilt cornerback ran it back up the left
sideline for a 14-0 lead with 4:39 remaining. It was Wilson's second TD
off an interception this season and the third overall for Vanderbilt --
the first time the Commodores have had three of those in a season.
another Ole Miss three-and-out, Seymour pushed his way in to finish off
a 9-yard TD and a 21-0 lead that had Commodores' fans celebrating a
rare early lead.
The Commodores picked up the scoring early in
the third when a bad snap went over Stoudt's head on the opening
series. Scott kicked it through the end zone for a safety and a 23-0
lead. The rout could have been worse. Stacy tried to throw to Smith in
the end zone only to be picked off by Marcus Temple after the safety.