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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt Commodores used a 21-point third quarter to separate themselves from visiting Tennessee on Saturday night, and they cruised to a 41-18 victory in Nashville. The win for Vanderbilt is a big one, as it represents just the second win against the Vols in the last 30 meetings.
Vanderbilt (7-4, 5-3) was balanced on the offensive side of the ball against Tennessee, picking up 248 yards through the air and 194 on the ground to tally 442 on the Volunteer D. Vandy’s all-time leading rusher Zac Stacy had a solid evening, picking up 85 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Wide-out Jordan Matthews has been a focal point of the Vandy passing game all season, but he supplied a big play in the running game on this night with a 47-yard touchdown dash to open up the third quarter and swing the momentum all the way to Vanderbilt’s side. Matthews also went over the 100-yard mark in receiving yards.
Tennessee’s prolific signal-caller, Tyler Bray, was limited to just 103 yards and two picks on the evening by the Commodore defense. Bray only managed to complete 38 percent of his passes for the game, and Justin Worley did not do much better with 51 yards and an interception of his own. Marlin Lane crossed the century mark on the ground for the Vols (4-7, 0-7) on just 16 carries, but the Vols weren’t able to notch a point in the second half until Vandy was in complete control.
Next week, Vanderbilt will venture out of conference to face Wake Forest, while Tennessee will host Kentucky in their season finale.
Passing – Jordan Rodgers, 13-for-26, 245 yards, 2 TD
Rushing – Zac Stacy, 17 car, 85 yards, TD
Receiving – Jordan Mattews, 7 rec, 115 yards, TD
Passing – Tyler Bray, 11-for-29, 103 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Marlin Lane, 16 car, 103 yards
Receiving – Cordarrelle Patterson, 3 rec, 52 yards
• The win for Vandy snapped a six-game losing streak to Tennessee.
• The last time the Commodores beat the Vols was in 2005.
• Overall, Tennessee has won 73 of the 106 meetings in the series, and had won 34 of the last 36 prior to Saturday night.