Big South Football Suffers Setback on Saturday
SYRACUSE 28, #16/17 STONY BROOK 17 | BOX SCORE
Despite 217 rushing yards, including 158 from senior Miguel Maysonet, and some timely defense, the Stony Brook football team fell to Syracuse, 28-17, before a crowd of 34,512 at the Carrier Dome on Saturday.
Stony Brook's defense, led by senior Dominick Reyes' 11 tackles, stopped the Orange on two goal-to-go situations in the second half. But the Seawolves accounted for only two first downs in the final 30 minutes
Kevin Norrell's 61-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Essington was the third time the duo connected on a score of 60 yards or more. The touchdown was the sixth time the Seawolves have scored on the opening play of a drive.
Maysonet rushed for 137 yards in the first half, becoming the second player in school history and fourth in Big South history with more than 3,000 rushing yards. Today's game against Syracuse was Maysonet's 27th as a Seawolf. Maysonet is only 486 yards from breaking Conte Cuttino's school rushing record of 3,607.
Maysonet's 71-yard TD yielded another highlight moment as he hurdled a defender on his way to the endzone.
Today's contest was the fourth game against an FBS opponent and the second versus a Big East foe (South Florida, 2010). The Seawolves will face Army on September 29.
Syracuse's first-quarter touchdown was the first points allowed in the first quarter by Stony Brook this season.
Stony Brook returns home to host Colgate on Saturday, September 22. It will be Homecoming against the Raiders
SAMFORD 44, GARDNER-WEBB 23 | BOX SCORE
Lucas Beatty's career-high 320 yards passing sparked a season-best output by the Gardner-Webb offense, but Samford captured a 44-23 win on the shoulders of all-purpose back Fabian Truss.
Truss totaled 262 all-purpose yards and a school-record four touchdowns, including a 97-yard kickoff return with 9:27 left in the third quarter that sapped an enthusiastic crowd's energy after Gardner-Webb had trimmed the visitors' lead to 21-17 moments earlier.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (0-3) responded with another deep drive, and appeared to have cut the Samford (3-0) lead to 28-23 on a 17-yard touchdown pass from running back Juanne Blount to Hudson Smith -- but an illegal formation penalty wiped out that score. A sack on the ensuing play pushed Gardner-Webb to the fringes of field goal range, and Trever Austin's 55-yard attempt was short.
Samford took over and, on third-and-1 from the Gardner-Webb 42, Truss darted right on an outside run and tight-roped the sideline for his fourth touchdown of the day -- a back-breaking score with 3:26 left in the third quarter to put his Bulldogs in front 35-17.
Gardner-Webb had more in its tank offensively and, after each team traded a pair of series with no points, the Runnin' Bulldogs climbed on Beatty's back to cut the lead to a pair of touchdowns. Starting at his own 16, Beatty completed eight consecutive passes to get the drive going -- missing his first of the series on a first-and-goal play from the three. Kenny Little bowled in on the next play, cutting Samford's lead to 35-23.
Disaster struck on the extra point attempt, as a bad snap led to an impromptu pass into the end zone from holder Bo Lindsey -- which was picked off in the end zone and returned the distance by Alvin Hines II for a defensive two-point conversion and a 37-23 advantage for Samford with 6:55 left in the game.
After an unsuccessful onside kick attempt, Gardner-Webb's defense did its job in forcing a three-and-out.
Beatty hit Deonte Swinton on a 16-yard pass play to convert a key third-down, but facing first-and-10 at its own 33, Beatty's next pass was picked off by Tae Lewis -- who returned the ball all the way to the GWU four before being forced out.
Samford capitalized fully two plays later, as Stanley Robinson punched in from the two for the final score of the game.
A penalty backed Gardner-Webb up on its next drive and Samford took over with 1:29 left and ran out the clock.
The Runnin' Bulldogs outgained Samford 224-109 in the second half, and 442-373 for the game -- piling up a season-high 27 first downs as well.
Beatty finished 30-of-43 for 320 yards and an interception, hiting redshirt freshman Carlton Heard seven times for 107 yards and redshirt sophomore tight end Seth Cranfill nine times for 75 yards. Both catch and yardage totals for Heard and Cranfill were career highs. Kenny Cook added a career-best seven catches for 71 yards.
Little finished with 89 yards and a pair of scores on 23 carries, and Blount carried 12 times for 53 yards and a score -- with the former high school option quarterback gaining much of his yardage out of the wildcat set. Blount's touchdown run from six yards away with 9:39 to play in the third quarter trimmed Samford's lead to 21-17.
Samford's Andy Summerlin was sharp early, and finished 23-of-33 for 238 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Summerlin's pick at midfield set up Blount's six-yard touchdown run, as Gianni Olivas stepped in front and returned the ball inside the Samford 25.
Truss, a preseason All-America return specialist, finished with 146 return yards on three attempts, carried 11 times on the ground for 84 yards and three scores -- and caught three passes for 32 yards. The junior had touchdown runs of three and 11 yards in the first half to stake Samford to a 21-10 lead at the break.
Gardner-Webb's defense was led by Tanner Burch, who totaled a career-high 16 total tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass break up. Drew White added seven hits and Brian Wittenberger had six for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Samford got 11 tackles each from Jaquiski Tartt and Darion Sutton and saw end Calvin Ruff collect five tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Gardner-Webb will be back on the road next week, traveling to face Pittsburgh at 3:30 pm at Heinz Field. Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm and will air on ESPN3.
#20/25 EASTERN KENTUCKY 35, COASTAL CAROLINA 17 | BOX SCORE
Junior Niccolo Mastromatteo reeled in 10 receptions, tying the Coastal Carolina single-game record, for 96 yards and a touchdown to lead the Chants but it was not enough as the 20th-ranked Colonels of Eastern Kentucky used a balanced attack to earn a 35-17 victory on Saturday night in front of 9,316 fans at Brooks Stadium.
Mastromatteo tied Rodney Burgess, who caught 10 passes against Jacksonville in 2003 and Jerome Simpson, who had 10 receptions against James Madison in 2005.
The Colonels had a balanced attack with 217 rushing yards and 225 passing yards while the Chants had 106 rushing and 233 passing yards.
CCU quarterback Aramis Hillary led the Chants on the ground and through the air with 41 rushing yards on 10 attempts and 205 passing yards while going 24-of-37 with a touchdown and an interception. Mastromatteo led the receivers with 96 yards and a touchdown while Matt Hazel added six receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown.
EKU's Matt Denham picked up 121 yards on the ground while Tyrone Goard picked up 113 yards receiving. Jared McClain and T.J. Pryor split time at quarterback for the Colonels with McClain going 7-of-8 for 101 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Pryor was 6-of-10 for 124 yards and a touchdown.
The Colonels struck first, taking the opening kickoff and scoring in six plays. McCLain, the EKU backup quarterback, hit Denham for a 32-yard touchdown for an early 7-0 lead.
The Chants answered right back with an eight-play drive to tie the game at 7-7. Hillary hit Mastromatteo on an eight-yard score, marking the sixth-straight game Hillary has thrown a TD.
The teams traded interceptions and punts before Eastern Kentucky's offense got back on track. With regular quarterback T.J. Pryor back under center, the Colonels used a steady rush attack and took advantage of a CCU pass interference to set up first and goal. Later, facing fourth and one, Pryor plunged over the goal line to give his squad a 14-7 lead.
Coastal got into scoring position on the ensuing drive. Facing 4th-and-10, Coastal attempted a fake field goal. While Austin Cain's pass was completed to Dominique Whiteside, the play came up inches short. Two plays later, Pryor hit Tyrone Goard on an up-and-out for a 77-yard touchdown and 21-7 lead with 1:25 left in the first half.
To open the second half, Coastal's Hillary was knocked out of the game on the Chant's first play from scrimmage to start the third. Alex Ross, a redshirt freshman, came in and got Coastal in the endzone. On third-and-five, Ross hit Hazel in the right corner to make the score 21-14 -- the first career passing TD for Ross.
Eastern got two big runs to regain a 14-point lead, 28-14. Denham had a 13-yard rush to midfield. Later, facing third-and-nine, Pryor rushed for 21 yards to the CCU six. Denham capped the drive with a six-yard run.
The back-and-forth game continued as the Chants moved 40 yards in 12 plays, including a 13-yard Hillary-to-Tyrell Blanks completion on fourth-and-five. However, a holding call and sack would force Coastal into a fourth-and-24 from the 28. Alex Catron trimmed the deficit to 11, 28-17, by making a 45-yard field goal.
Eastern Kentucky took 6:28 off the clock in the fourth quarter to take a 35-17 lead with 8:24 left. DeShaun Sands finished the drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown.
Coastal's hope of a comeback took a significant hit on the very next drive as a fumble at midfield with 6:29 left on the clock turned the ball over to the Colonels. The Chants' defense stood strong forcing a three and out.
The Chants opened up their second to last drive with back-to-back completions to Hazel and Mastromatteo. Mastromatteo's 24-yard reception was his tenth of the game, tying the CCU record. Despite the hot start the Chants had four-straight incompletions to end the drive at the EKU 35, turning the ball over on downs.
The Colonels were able to run 2:24 off the clock in their second-straight three-and out but it only left the Chants with 30 seconds remaining in the game. The game ended on a five-yard completion by Coastal's Chris Ross to John Israel.
Defensively Coastal was led by Mike McClure who recorded 10 total tackles, including two solo. Andrae Jacobs led the team with five solo stops and added an assist for six total tackles. Pernell Williams and Marcus Crowder each added a tackle for loss while Tre Henderson picked off his first pass of the season.
Coastal returns to action next Saturday at 7 p.m. at Toledo in the Rockets' historic Glass Bowl. The game will be the first meeting between the teams and the Chants' second game against a Mid-American Conference opponent (18-0 loss at Kent State in 2009).
#12/14 MONTANA 34, LIBERTY 14 | BOX SCORE
No. 12/14 Montana managed to put 24 points on the scoreboard with only 89 yards of total offense in the first half, leading the Grizzlies to a 34-14 win over visiting Liberty, Saturday afternoon, from the Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
The loss drops the Flames to 0-3 on the year, Liberty's first three-game losing streak to open a season since 2003. The Grizzlies, who have won nearly 90 percent of their games inside their home facility since opening it in 1986 (173-21), up their record to 2-1 on the year.
The Flames outgained the homestanding Grizzlies, 342 yards to 296, thanks in part to a 322-yard passing game from quarterback Josh Woodrum. In his first collegiate start, the freshman completed 34-of-44 passing attempts.
Two of Montana's three first half touchdowns came following Liberty turnovers, with the Flames finishing the day with three giveaways total.
Neither team's offense could find much of a rhythm early on, with the two teams combining for 76 yards on the game's first six drives.
A special teams unit was the first to put points on the scoreboard when Peter Nguyen returned a punt 90 yards to give Montana the early 7-0 lead with 5:54 left to play in the first quarter.
The Flames were the first team to put together any sort of sustained drive, using a series of short-yardage passes to move the ball downfield 40 yards on 12 plays.
Freshman kicker John Lunsford was brought in to attempt a 52-yard field goal, but the rookie's attempt on the second to last play of the first quarter sailed wide left to keep the home team up seven after 15 minutes.
The game's first turnover directly followed by a 35-yard touchdown run by Dan Moore pushed Montana's lead to 14-0 with 12:10 left to play.
Following two penalties on the Grizzlies that gave Liberty two first downs, Woodrum threw a screen pass to Pat Kelly. T he senior wide receiver was quickly met after the reception and during the tackle the ball was stripped by Nate Harris and picked up by John Kanongata.
Montana's offensive line cleared a path for Moore on the next play, allowing the 235-pound running back to easily reach the end zone for his second rushing touchdown of the season.
The Flames were once again driving, but another turnover led to Montana's third touchdown of the afternoon.
Following a seven-yard completion from Woodrum to Aldreakis Allen and a 15-yard roughing the passer call, Liberty had its best field position of the day at the Montana 38-yard line.
However, Woodrum's pass over the middle was picked off by linebacker Jordan Tripp, who returned the miscue 58 yards to Liberty's six-yard line.
Montana's Trent McKinney was looking for a receiver in the end zone, but decided to tuck the ball and run it in for a score on his own on the next play. T he six-yard run by the redshirt freshman pushed the home team's lead to 21-0 with 9:47 left to play before halftime.
Following Liberty's second three-and-out series of the opening half, Liberty's defense was able to halt the Grizzlies' next drive at the Flames' 25-yard line. Freshman Chris Lider was brought in to attempt a 42-yard field goal and the kick was good to lead Montana's lead to 24-0 with 6:52 left to play in the second quarter.
The score remained the same during the closing minutes of the half, a 30-minute period that saw the Flames control almost every offensive stat, but the one that mattered toward the outcome of the game.
Liberty outgained Montana, 143 yards to 118, with the Flames gaining 119 of their yards via their passing game. The Flames also nearly doubled up Montana in terms of first downs, 11-6, and Liberty controlled the clock, 20:25 to 9:35, in terms of time of possession.
Outside of the 24-0 lead at the break, the only other statistic Montana controlled was the ground game. Four different players rushed 20 times for 84 yards, paced by Moore's seven carries for 63 yards.
Sirchauncey Holloway was Liberty's leading ball carrier with eight rushing attempts for 28 yards, followed by Allen's five carries for 15 yards. Woodrum finished the opening half 17-of-24 for 120 yards and one interception. McKinney completed 7-of-13 pass attempts for 34 yards. Kelly was the first half's leading receiver with eight catches for 35 yards. Greg Hardy led the Grizzlies with four receptions for 15 yards.
The Flames took advantage of Montana's first turnover of the game, turning a giveaway into Liberty's first seven points of the afternoon to open the third quarter.
The first time the Grizzlies touched the ball in the second half, Moore was handed the football. While the running back was being brought down to the ground, Kevin Fogg was able strip him of the football and give Liberty possession at the Montana 39-yard line.
Woodrum completed 3-of-4 pass attempts during the following 39-yard drive, capped off by a 14-yard touchdown pass to Kelly. Woodrum's first collegiate touchdown pass cut Montana's lead to 17, 24-7, with 10:22 left to play in the third quarter.
The Flames' defense continued to keep Liberty in the game, forcing the Grizzlies to punt following a five-play, 19-yard series.
Woodrum was 6-of-7 on the next drive, getting the Flames to the Montana 33-yard line. The quarterback's sixth completion of the drive was a five-yard completion to Justin Gunn. The tight end's reception was just shy of a first down, where head coach Turner Gill elected to go for it on fourth-and-one.
However, Liberty's offense was flagged for a false start, and then Woodrum was sacked Kanongata to end the Flames' threat and turn the ball over on downs.
Montana followed with its longest drive of the day, a 13-play, 54-yard effort that finished up on a three-yard pass to Greg Hardy to put the Grizzlies up 31-7 with 12:20 left to play in the game.
The Flames quickly answered back, riding the throwing arm of Woodrum. The freshman completed all five of his passing attempts on a five-play, 92 yard scoring effort. The fifth and final throw was a 31-yard over-the-shoulder reception by Ryan Ferguson to pull the Flames back within 17 points, 31-14, with 10:11 left to play in the game.
However, Montana halted any hopes of a continued push for the Flames to win the game with the Grizzlies putting together a 12-play, 46-yard drive that ate up 4:43 on the game clock.
Montana kept the ball on the ground for six of the 12 plays, keeping the game clock rolling. The Flames were able to keep the Grizzlies out of the end zone, with the drive ending on a 46-yard Lider field goal with 5:34 left to play.
Liberty had two remaining drive in the fourth quarter, but both were stopped, including the final drive when Gunn fumbled a ball after a completion from Woodrum.
Woodrum becomes the 11th quarterback in program history to pass for 300 yards in a game, resulting in 94.1 percent of Liberty's total offense on the day (322 passing yards/342 total offensive yards for Liberty).
Kelly finished the game with 14 receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. The senior's 14-reception game tied for the third-most receptions in a game by a Flames' receiver. Ferguson followed Kelly with six receptions for 61 yards.
Liberty's limited rush attack on the day was led by Holloway. The senior finished day with 10 carries for 29 yards, followed by eight rushing attempts for Allen for 29 yards.
Nick Sigmon tied his career high in the game and led the Flames with 11 stops. The linebacker, who returned to the line-up this week after suffering a concussion against Wake Forest, finished the afternoon with four solo tackles and seven assisted stops.
Scott Hyland, Sigmon's fellow linebacker, followed behind him with nine stops, all assisted tackles, while defensive lineman Greg Schuster matched Hyland with nine stops (1 assisted, 8 solo).
Montana's offensive was led by Moore, who rushed 16 times for 92 yards and a score, followed by Jordan Canada's 12 rushing attempts for 35 yards. McKinney finished the afternoon completing 19-of-26 passing attempts for 95 yards, with his leading target being Hardy with seven catches for 29 yards.
The Grizzlies, who finished the game with five sacks, were paced defensively by Kanongata, who had 10 tackles. Tripp added nine stops, including eight assisted tackles.
The Flames will face their final non-conference opponent before opening up Big South Conference play next weekend when Liberty welcomes No. 13/16 Lehigh. Kickoff for Liberty's Hall of Fame game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
RICHMOND 47, VMI 6 | BOX SCORE
The Richmond Spiders opened the game by returning the opening kick for a touchdown, and went on to outgain the VMI Keydets 487-197 in total yards en route to a 47-6 victory Saturday in Lexington, Va.
After Justin Grant brought the opening kick back 90 yards for a Richmond (2-1) touchdown, the Keydets (1-2) got back within four, 10-6, early in the second quarter on a one-yard run by Jabari Turner, just Turner's second career rushing touchdown. The Spiders would go on to score the next 37 points, including 28 in the third quarter, to account for the final margin.
The Keydets were undone by three turnovers, including two interceptions in the second half, one of which was returned for a touchdown. The Spiders were led by Ben Edwards, who had 11 catches for 122 yards, and VMI saw linebacker Ty Garvin (12) and safety Adam Morgan (10) notch career-highs in tackles.
The game got underway with a bang, as UR's Grant brought the kickoff back 90 yards for an opening touchdown. It was the fastest TD in a VMI football game since Sept. 20, 2008, a 74-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage.
Leading 7-0, Richmond forced a VMI three and out, but Edwards fumbled the David Eberhardt punt and Patrick Sexton fell on the loose ball, giving the Keydets quality field position inside Spider territory. The Keydets could not take advantage, however, and after another Eberhardt punt, UR drove 91 yards in 16 plays for a Remington Hinshaw field goal. The 20-yard kick put the visitors up, 10-0, with 4:48 left in the first quarter.
The Keydets took over with 1:42 left in the opening period and would get on the board early in the second. A 10-play, 62-yard drive that saw either Eric Kordenbrock or Turner touch the ball on every play ended with Turner's one-yard plunge, making it a 10-6 contest after a missed extra point.
From there, the teams would trade relatively unproductive possessions for the remainder of the half. Richmond had two possessions inside the VMI 20, but had to settle for just one field goal until late, when UR quarterback John Laub orchestrated a two-minute drill that ended with a 37-yard Hinshaw kick, giving the visitors a 16-6 halftime lead.
The Keydets took the ball first in the second half, but after picking up one first down, Kordenbrock was intercepted by UR's Cooper Taylor, giving the visitors possession at the VMI 41. Seven plays later, Laub connected with Kevin Finney for a four-yard touchdown pass, pushing the margin to 23-6.
The Spiders got the ball back after a Keydet punt and scored once more, as Laub had a hand in all 10 plays of a 10-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a strong 14-yard quarterback draw. Laub was met by a Keydet defender at the two-yard line, but was able to spring over the tackler for a touchdown and a 30-6 UR lead.
UR's defense forced another Eberhardt punt and took possession once again at the 50-yard line with 2:32 left in the period. Jovan Smith took the handoff on the first play and ran around right tackle, reaching the sideline and getting through the Keydet defense for a touchdown and a 37-6 Richmond advantage. The visitors would cap their third quarter scoring when Taylor intercepted Kordenbrock for the second time and returned the pick for a 35-yard touchdown, making it a 44-6 contest.
Richmond controlled the clock in the fourth quarter, running the ball 15 times and eating up 11:06. The only fourth quarter scoring came off the foot of Hinshaw, as he hit a 22-yard field goal with 7:50 to go to account for the final margin, 47-6. Richmond concluded the day with a 78-50 edge in plays run, as well as the 487-197 total yard advantage.
Kordenbrock finished 23 of 32 for 146 yards, but did move into the sixth position on VMI's all-time passing vardage listing. The junior also exceeded the 300 career completion mark. In addition, wide receiver James Rogers had a career-high six receptions. Hinshaw's four field goals were a school record for UR, while his 17 points also set a new scoring mark for UR's kickers.
VMI football will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 22, as the Keydets travel to Annapolis, Md., to take on the Navy Midshipmen. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
ILLINOIS 44, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 0 | BOX SCORE
The University of Illinois held visiting Charleston Southern to 125 total yards and eventually wore down a game Buccaneers defense in a 44-0 Illini win on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. With the win, Illinois moves to 2-1, while CSU falls to 0-3.
CSU managed only six first downs and eventually wore down against an aggressive and attacking defense. The Illini had seven tackles for loss and held CSU to 0-of-14 on third-down conversions.
CSU senior cornerback Charles James matched the CSU career record for interceptions with 11, intercepting an Illini pass in the end zone to keep the lead at 13-0 early in the second quarter. The Buccaneers would force back-to-back Illini punts following the interception, but could never find a rhythm offensive against the first Big Ten opponent in school history.
James led a spirited defensive effort by the Bucs. CSU forced a three-and-out to start the game and only allowed, essentially, one touchdown drive in the first half until just before halftime.
The Illini scored their opening touchdown on a seven-yard drive following an interception on the opening drive by the Bucs.
CSU hung tough until early in the third quarter behind a stingy defense that allowed only 3.8 yards per carry and 132 yards on 30 attempts. The Illini rushed for almost 250 yards the week before against Arizona State.
Charleston Southern struggled to keep its defense off the field in the first half. Freshman quarterback Briar Van Brunt had a 54-yard run, CSU's longest run of the year, to turn the field in the second quarter. Nathan Perera also had a diving catch in the first quarter to keep a CSU possession alive, but the Bucs struggled to move the ball against an Illini defense which has allowed only one touchdown in two home games.
Up 13-0, the Illini put together a 7-play, 57-yard drive with the half coming to an end to build a 20-0 lead and, seemingly, put the game out of reach. Tailback Dami Ayoola broke free on a fourth-and-inches for 28 yards and the third score of the half.
The Illini would come out attacking in the passing game in the second half as quarterback Reilly O'Toole tossed three second half TD passes to put the game out of reach. O'Toole finished 26-of-31 for 333 yards and five touchdowns. He hit Lankford seven times for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Justin Hardee added five catches and 99 yards.
Ayoola led Illinois' ground game with only 55 yards on eight carries, half of which came on his 28-yard touchdown run.
CSU's Derek Hatcher finished 4-of-11 with an interception, while Van Brunt was 1-of-3 through the air. Perera had one catch for 15 yards for the Bucs, but drew two pass interference penalites.
James led the CSU defense with eight tackles, two for loss, and an interception of O'Toole. Van Brunt carried 10 times for 52 yards, picking up 54 on his long gallop in the second quarter.
Charleston Southern travels to Rome, Ga. next week to face the Shorter Hawks. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. and is the final game before CSU's bye week and the start of Big South Conference play on Oct. 6 against Stony Brook.
VANDERBILT 58, PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE 0 | BOX SCORE
The Presbyterian College football team dropped a non-conference road contest to Southeastern Conference opponent Vanderbilt on Saturday, falling by a 58-0 margin at Vanderbilt Stadium. Both teams see their records move to 1-2 on the season. The loss marks the first shutout for the Blue Hose since a 28-0 defeat at Elon on Sept. 16, 2006.
The Blue Hose return to Laurens County for their next game, a matchup against Furman at Bailey Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon and the game will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Southeast.
Vanderbilt used a 28-point third quarter and gained 605 yards of offense en route to the win. Running back Zac Stacy ran for 174 yards on eight carries and Brian Kimbrow added 140 yards on 14 rushes.
Tamyn Garrick led PC's passing attack by going 7-for-10 with 88 yards and an interception, all in the first half. The redshirt freshman held a passing edge on Vanderbilt counterpart Austyn Carta-Samuels at the half, 88 yards to 63. Carta-Samuels finished with 195 yards and a touchdown. PC quarterback Chad Sanders started the game in the option and gained 14 yards rushing on two attempts.
Several Blue Hose set career marks during the afternoon.
Wide receiver Michael Ruff reached a milestone on the team's first drive, hauling in a 19-yard reception to push him over 1,000 career receiving yards. The Blue Hose wideout ranks third in PC's Division I history with 1,014.
Joey Gilkey caught a 29-yard reception in the second quarter, a career-long for the tight end. Freshman Jordan Hallums also made his first career catch with a 21-yard reception in the first half, PC's second-longest pass of the day.
PC rushed for 91 yards as a team, led by Lance Byrd's 41 yards.
Defensively, Donelle Williams made nine total tackles while a trio of Blue Hose had seven total each. LJ Perry made four solo tackles-including one for a loss, while Cedric Byrd had four solo stops as well with a pass breakup.
A solid 39-yard opening PC drive that saw the Blue Hose notch two first downs pinned Vanderbilt deep early in the first quarter, but the Commodores scored on their first offensive play with an 86-yard Zac Stacy touchdown run. The play marked the longest run in Vanderbilt history and gave the home side a 7-0 lead 5:16 into the contest.
The PC defense stiffened up on Vanderbilt's next series late in the first quarter, making a big stop on a red zone drive and forcing a 23-yard Carey Spear field goal. Keyadd Miller made tackles on second and third down to halt the Vanderbilt offense as the Commodores took a 10-0 lead into the second quarter.
Vanderbilt struck again on the third play of the second quarter to finish off a 30-yard drive. Wesley Tate converted a short fourth-down run from six yards out to give the Commodores a 17-0 lead 13:47 before halftime.
The Blue Hose stopped Vanderbilt from scoring another touchdown, holding the Commodores to a 28-yard field goal midway through the second to extend their lead to 20-0.
Late in the second quarter, PC put together a promising drive by starting on its own 35 and taking the ball 60 yards down to the Vanderbilt 5. Looking to pass on third down, Garrick rolled right attempted to find Jeremiah McKie in the end zone, but Trey Wilson picked off the pass and ran back 100 yards as Vanderbilt took a 27-0 into the locker room at halftime.
In the third quarter, Vanderbilt put together three consecutive drives of over 60 yards that ended in short rushing touchdowns to add to its advantage.
A one-play, 49-yard rush from Brian Kimbrow gave Vanderbilt seven more points heading into the fourth quarter before a 42-yard field goal made the score 58-0 early in the final period, the game's final tally.