3 Reasons Why: Vanderbilt Beat Down The Blue Raiders
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3 Reasons Why: Vanderbilt Beat Down The Blue Raiders

On Saturday, lightning didn’t prevent the Vanderbilt Commodores from beating Middle Tennessee for the second year in a row, 47-24. The game was delayed for over an hour due to inclement weather in the Nashville area but it seemed to strike a chord in the Vandy offense. The Dores had 344 yards of total offense and held MT’s Brent Stockstill in check. 

Here are the 3 Reasons Why: Vanderbilt Beat Down The Blue Raiders

Running Game

This is the true identity of the Commodore offense. Between RB Ralph Webb hurdling defenders and RB Khari Blasingame bowling his way into the end zone, Vanderbilt won this game on the ground.

 

Webb finished the game with 211 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Blasingame added two scores of his own as the rushing attack accounted for 67 % of the total offense. 

Slowing Down Stockstill

Vandy’s defense came to play.

Derek Mason’s group gave up 399 passing yards but held MT’s high flying offense to just 24 points. It started with putting more pressure on Blue Raider QB Brent Stockstill and forcing him outside of the pocket. Stockstill was 38 of 65 with 3 TDs and 1 INT.

That one interception came on an incredible play by Vandy OLB Oren Burks who returned the ball down to the MT 7 yard line.

Special Teams

Derek Mason preaches to his team about being the best in all three facets of the football game.

Offense, defense and special teams.

On Saturday, the Dores had a 47 yard kick return by Darrius Sims, which ultimately resulted in a 5 yard Khari Blasingame touchdown run. Their starting running back stripped MT’s punt returner Azar Wilson to force a safety. And kicker Tommy Openshaw was perfect on field goal attempts (1/1) and extra points (6/6), something he couldn’t say after last weeks loss to South Carolina. 

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