Vandy-MTSU in Weather Delay – ‘Dores offense nonexistent

Vandy-MTSU in Weather Delay – ‘Dores offense nonexistent

Vandy leads MTSU 19-10 in the second quarter with a weather delay forcing Vanderbilt Stadium to be evacuated. Heavy lightning, rain and wind has the game on hold.

The fans taking cover have witnessed 19 Commodore points but the offense has very little to do with the first half lead. Ralph Webb and Khari Blasingame each have a rushing touchdown and 12 of the 19 points have come off three MTSU turnovers. QB Kyle Shurmur has taken every snap thus far but hasn’t competed a pass.

MTSU’s offense has racked up 241 yards but has only gotten into the end zone once. A fumble recovery and interception by the Vandy defense has put the Dores in scoring ranged and a misjudged punt went out the back of the end zone to give Vandy a safety.

When the weather passes, Shurmur and the offense need to get things going to keep this lead. Shurmur’s struggles have been a combination of inaccuracy, dropped passes and indecisiveness. Coordinator Andy Ludwig has to put his young QB in position to get a couple easy completions to gain confidence. The Blue Raider defense isn’t doing anything spectacular to hold the Vandy passing game to a goose egg.

MTSU QB Brent Stockstill has routinely found open receivers, moved the ball down the field and eventually will end drives with points instead of turnovers. Stockstill has thrown for 188 yards. The Blue Raiders’ no-huddle offense has gone back and forth from an up-tempo style to checking at the line of scrimmage after Vandy gets set defensively. 

Applaud the Vandy defense thus far for bringing the physicality to the game. Oren Burks, Zach Cunningham, Tre Herndon and others have delivered big, shocking hits to MTSU ball carriers and receivers. Burks’ interception and return stopped MTSU from possibly regaining the lead when the game was at 12-10. Webb punched in a short TD run to make the score 19-10. 

Vanderbilt will punt to MTSU when play resumes with 5:40 remaining in the second quarter.

Weather updates will continue to be given by Vanderbilt Safety & Nashville Severe Weather on twitter.


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