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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt Commodores ran for 226 yards against UMass on Saturday night and the ’Dores went on to beat the Minutemen 49-7. Seven different Commodores contributed to their lofty rushing total in what was the first non-conference victory of the 2012 season for Vandy.
Vanderbilt (4-4, 2-3 SEC) was in control throughout the game, taking a 49-0 advantage into the fourth and final quarter before UMass quarterback A.J. Doyle connected with Deion Walker on the only score of the game for the Minutemen. Overall, the Commodores outgained UMass (0-8, 0-4 MAC) by 179 yards and forced three turnovers along the way.
Vanderbilt’s all-time leading rusher Zac Stacy took it easy for much of the night, only carrying the ball five times for 15 yards. Instead, Brian Kimbrow, Wesley Tate and quarterback Jordan Rodgers took care of business on the ground, combining for 201 yards and three scores on 25 carries. Rodgers also found success in the passing game, completing 17-of-21 attempts for 217 yards and a pair of scores.
On the receiving end of those scores for Vandy were wide-outs Chris Boyd and Kris Kentera. Star receiver Jordan Matthews led the Commodores once again with 112 yards, bringing his season total to 663.
Passing – Jordan Rodgers, 17-for-21, 217 yards, 2 TD
Rushing – Brian Kimbrow, 7 car, 98 yards, TD
Receiving – Jordan Matthew, 10 rec, 112 yards
Passing – Mike Wegzyn, 15-for-27, 162 yards, INT
Rushing – Michael Cox, 17 car, 56 yards
Receiving – Deion Walker, 6 rec, 51 yards, TD
• Vandy has now won six of its last seven regular season games against non-conference opponents.
• The Commodores have one more non-conference game remaining on their 2012 schedule on the road against Wake Forest on Nov. 24.