The Vanderbilt Commodores closed out their regular season against the Tennessee Vols. It wasn’t the best finish, but the Commodores have come an extremely long way from where they started, despite this minor Rivalry-Week setback.
Vanderbilt’s offense performed the best it has all season under quarterback Kyle Shurmur’s leadership. Coach Derek Mason’s faith in Shurmur was rewarded when the offense scored a season-high of 28 points. Even though the young passer stepped up, it wasn’t enough for Vanderbilt to beat its biggest foe. The defense, which has been a powerhouse all season, was nowhere to be found.
Now that the season is over, Mason’s focus is on recruiting. He’s got to bring in some impact players and prepare the Commodores for a better 2016.
Here are two things to know:
- The state of Tennessee’s biggest rivalry game was a rough one for Vanderbilt. The Commodores lost 53-28 in Knoxville, Tenn. Although the offense performed the best it ever has, Tennessee’s rushing attack hurt Vanderbilt. The Vols were highly favored coming into this game, but the Commodores expected to put up more of a fight.
- Running back Ralph Webb rushed for 149 yards, which is the second-most by a Vanderbilt player against Tennessee. The sophomore has been a key piece to Vanderbilt’s offense all season.
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