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    Balanced assault helps Commodores top Eagles 52-6

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt's offense was firing on all cylinders against Eastern Michigan on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium, as its racked up 359 passing yards and 206 rushing yards en route to a 52-6 victory.

    Larry Smith and Zac Stacy combined to have a good game for the Commodores (2-3), as Smith threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns, and Stacy ran for 91 yards and one touchdown.

    Vanderbilt played solid defense. It allowed 203 total yards, including 99 yards rushing and 104 yards passing for the Eagles (0-6).

    Corey Welch was a bright spot for Eastern Michigan in the loss. The junior running back had 112 return yards and ran for 54 yards.

    The Commodores were up 7-3 in the second before they went on a 24-point run to take a 28-point lead.

    Touchdown runs for Vanderbilt included a one-yard run by Smith, Warren Norman runs of 20 and 11 yards and a 67-yard run by Stacy. Scoring throws for the Commodores included a 65-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Udom Umoh, a two-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Mason Johnston and a 57-yard touchdown pass from Jared Funk to John Cole.

    Special teams scores for Vanderbilt included a 22-yard field goal by Ryan Fowler.

    Scoring plays for Eastern Michigan included Sean Graham field goals of 22 and 42 yards.

    Steve Brown had one sack and one fumble recovery for the Eagles.

    Alex Gillett went 10-of-20 for 99 yards for the Eagles. Gillett threw one interception. Devontae Payne also saw time at quarterback for the Eagles. He went 1-of-5 for five yards.

    Vanderbilt next plays on Saturday, Oct. 16 against Georgia.

    Fourth Quarter: Eastern Michigan 6, Vanderbilt 52

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt finished off an easy victory over Eastern Michigan 52-6, as the Commodores passed the ball well in the fourth. The Commodores quarterback Jared Funk threw for 100 yards, completing 3-of-4 attempts, with one touchdown and no interceptions. Vanderbilt also ran for 28 yards on nine carries.

    The Commodores played solid defense. They allowed 32 total yards, including 14 yards rushing and 18 yards passing for the Eagles.

    John Cole caught a 57-yard touchdown pass for the Commodores, and Tyrone Burke caught an 18-yard pass for the Eagles.

    Vanderbilt scored on a single play when Funk threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Cole on first-down.

    Vanderbilt went on a 21-point run to finish the game.

    The Commodores let a scoring chance slip away and had their 66-yard drive end when Funk was sacked for an eight-yard loss on fourth-and-goal.

    Third Quarter: Eastern Michigan 6, Vanderbilt 45

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt still controls the game 45-6 going into the fourth because of the Commodores' fierce ground attack in the third. Vanderbilt ran for 103 yards on 10 carries. It also threw for 31 yards on 3-of-8 passing, with no interceptions.

    Zac Stacy ran for 70 yards with one touchdown for the Commodores, and Javonti Greene ran for 17 yards and caught an 11-yard pass for Eastern Michigan.

    The Commodores had a good passing defense, allowing just 20 yards through the air.

    The Eagles scored after a fumble return by linebacker Steve Brown set Eastern Michigan up in good field position at Vanderbilt's 26-yard line. It gained no yards on four plays but scored when Sean Graham kicked a 42-yard field goal.

    The Commodores went on an 11-play, 61-yard drive capped by an 11-yard Warren Norman run.

    Vanderbilt is currently on a 14-point run.

    Eastern Michigan will start the fourth quarter with the ball on its 35-yard line.

    Second Quarter: Eastern Michigan 3, Vanderbilt 31

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt now controls the game 31-3 going into the half, thanks to the Commodores' effective passing game in the second. The Commodores threw for 203 yards, completing 12-of-17 attempts, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. They also ran for 56 yards on 11 carries.

    Vanderbilt played solid defense. It allowed 22 total yards, including 17 yards rushing and five yards passing for Eastern Michigan.

    Larry Smith threw for 203 yards with two touchdowns and ran for 13 yards for Vanderbilt, and Corey Welch ran for 13 yards for the Eagles.

    After an eight-play, 84-yard drive, the Commodores scored when Warren Norman crossed the goal line on a 20-yard run on first-down. Smith went 3-for-3 for 64 yards on the drive.

    The Commodores went on a nine-play, 32-yard drive that ended in a 22-yard field goal by Ryan Fowler.

    Vanderbilt put together an effective last-minute drive at the end of the first half. The Commodores drove 46 yards on nine plays, taking 2:43 off the clock, before scoring with 22 seconds remaining on a two-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Mason Johnston.

    It feels like a landslide is developing as the Commodores have scored the last 24 points and now lead by 28.

    First Quarter: Eastern Michigan 3, Vanderbilt 7
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Larry Smith ran for 10 yards with one touchdown and threw for 25 yards for Vanderbilt in the first, and the Commodores go into the second with a 7-3 lead.

    Alex Gillett ran for 22 yards and threw for 61 yards for Eastern Michigan.

    Vanderbilt scored on a single play when Smith crossed the goal line on a one-yard run on first-and-goal.

    The Eagles scored on a 22-yard field goal by Sean Graham after a 10-play, 72-yard drive.

    The Commodores let a promising chance for points slip away and had their 42-yard drive stall when Warren Norman fumbled. The ball was recovered by Jasper Grimes.

    Eastern Michigan held the ball for over 11 minutes in the quarter. Although Eastern Michigan controlled the ball and racked up 117 yards in the quarter, it scored just three points.

    The Eagles will start the second quarter with the ball on Vanderbilt's 38-yard line.

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