By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Prolific wide receiver Jordan Matthews closed out his Vanderbilt career in familiar fashion on Saturday. The senior hauled in five passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns to help the Commodores down Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl by a final score of 41-24.
Vandy (9-4) started the game off on a tear, ripping off 24 unanswered points in the game’s first 23 minutes. The Cougars (8-5) answered with a furious run of their own however, hanging 24 points in the third quarter alone to open the second half and draw even with the ’Dores.
The decisive fourth quarter would belong to Vanderbilt, though, as the Commodores scored the final 17 points of the game thanks to rushing touchdowns from Brian Kimbrow and Jerron Seymour as well as a Carey Spear field goal. Both teams ended the day with three turnovers, but 211 rush yards helped Vandy overcome its giveaways.
Seymour and Kimbrow combined for 164 yards and a pair of scores in the victory, while Matthews carried the load on the outside, hauling in both of Patton Robinette’s touchdown throws on the day.
Houston’s John O’Korn was limited to just 228 passing yards and was picked off twice while also throwing two touchdowns.
Passing – Patton Robinette, 6-for-19, 154 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing – Jerron Seymour, 20 car, 89 yards, TD
Receiving – Jordan Matthews, 5 rec, 143 yards, 2 TD
Passing – John O’Korn, 20-for-46, 228 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing – Daniel Spencer, 3 car, 69 yards
Receiving – Markeith Ambles, 6 rec, 105 yards, TD