Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-1 SEC) shot itself in the foot on their first drive of the ball game, and was behind the sticks for seemingly the entirety of the ball game, as the ‘Dores never could create any sort of offensive rhythm.
At the end of the first quarter, the Tide pulled ahead 21-0, after the second of Damien Harris’ touchdowns. The Crimson Tide didn’t let up, shutting out Vanderbilt 59-0.
Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC) now has won 19 straight over the SEC East.
Simply put, what normally works offensively against the great majority of teams, will not cut it offensively against the Crimson Tide – the Vandy offense found out the hard way only mustering 78 yards of offense.
Derek Mason and his staff need to burn this game film, in all honesty. Vanderbilt’s defense who appeared ready for the challenge, was no match for the Tide – as many teams are not throughout the country.
However, Mason’s team needs to right the ship, because the ‘Dores are still in for a special season.
As a whole, Alabama gained 677 yards total offensively. Kyle Shurmur came in completing 71 percent of his passes for Vanderbilt. However, with Alabama heavily pressuring the quarterback, Shurmur was just 4 of 15 for 18 yards.
Very few times did Shurmur have a clean pocket, but his progressions from a season ago still hold true, in comparison to an up-and-down 2016 season.
More telling of Saturday’s game is the Vanderbilt offensive line. Ralph Webb has 169 yards rushing through four games despite one receiving touchdown and two on the ground.
The offensive line is a glaring weakness thus far for Vanderbilt, after replacing both Will Holden and Barrett Gouger, now in the NFL.
Vanderbilt needs Ralph Webb to get where the ‘Dores want to be, and the Derek Mason led Commodores expect more.
The ‘Dores head to Gainesville for their first test on Saturday batting No. 20 Florida.
Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. on ESPN.