By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Vanderbilt got off to a bit of a slow start on Saturday afternoon against UMass, but the Commodores picked it up and used a 14-point fourth quarter to lock up a 24-7 road win.
After taking a 10-7 lead into the fourth quarter, the Commodores (2-2) received a boost from their biggest offensive play-maker. After Austyn Carta-Samuels managed to evade pressure in the pocket, he found wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who weaved his way 11-yards through swarming defenders and into the end zone. That capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive for Vandy, which it followed up with a 14-play, 89-yard scoring drive that put the game away.
Jerron Seymour and Wesley Tate carried the load on the ground for Vanderbilt, combining for 120 yards on 29 carries, with Seymour scoring the final touchdown of the game. Carta-Samuels finished the day with 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air, with Jonathan Krause leading the way on the outside with 105 receiving yards.
Despite the slow start, Vanderbilt racked up over 400 yards of total offense, overcoming two turnovers in the process. The Commodore defense held UMass to just 248 yards of offense on 3.8 yards per play.
Carta-Samuels’ first touchdown of the afternoon came in the form of a 42-yard strike to Krause that put Vandy up 7-0.
Passing – Austyn Carta-Samuels, 18-for-27, 219 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing – Wesley Tate, 14 carries, 64 yards
Receiving – Jonathan Krause, 6 rec, 105 yards, TD
Passing – A.J. Doyle, 20-for-28, 133 yards, TD
Rushing – A.J. Doyle, 8 car, 29 yards
Receiving – Tajae Sharpe, 7 rec, 45 yards, TD
• This was the second all-time meeting between the two teams, and Vandy is now 2-0 against the Minutemen. The first meeting came last season in Nashville.
• Vanderbilt is now 12-2 against teams currently in the MAC. Their last loss to a team from the MAC came in 2000 against Miami of Ohio.
• The Commodores have now won six straight non-conference games.