Posted on: December 29, 2010 6:50 pm
Alright how can this be a must win and confernce play has yet to open? Vandy has lost two crucial games which by my recollection they should have won. The problem is they didn't. Now they are playing another team fromt he Big East and that league is loaded. The problem is Marquette nor West Virginia is going to win that conference. That means losses to both of those teams will hurt if at the end of conference play you are not the league champion, division champion or have a great tournament. Let's face it, Kentucky and Tennessee are adorable and so is Florida. That means that Vanderbilt must win games like the one tonight. We are playing at home so a loss will be more devastating than a win but as my dad says, "A win is a win and that ain't ever bad."
If you look at this game from a Top 25 perspective, it was hard for us to get to the Top 25 and it really took Tennessee losing 3 times and Florida having some problems. So a loss here will really hurt any chance of staying in the Top 25 for more than one week. We have a tough streatch as we enter the SEC and therefore in case that doesn't go like planned, we need this win.
Posted on: October 24, 2009 11:10 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2009 11:18 pm
Gamecocks Defeat Commodores 14-10
The Vanderbilt Commodores are the biggest disappointment amongst teams competing in the South Eastern Conference East. Tonight they failed to improve on their dismal 2-5 record falling to 2-6 with a very unconvincing 14-10 loss to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. A win by the visiting Dores would have gone a long way in quieting discontented Vandy fans even if they had remained firmly entrenched in last place in league standings.
The huge home crowd advantage for South Carolina did little to intimidate Vandy with the game scoreless after the first quarter. The Dores missed on their first scoring opportunity early in the second quarter when Ryan Fowler missed on a 26 yard field goal. South Carolina would score first on a controversial catch in the end zone. Garcia hit D.L. Moore in the end zone on a 35 yard pass play that was ruled a catch. The replay clearly showed he never had possession until he was out of bounds nevertheless S.C. got the score, the ruling on the field stood. The Commodores came right back to tie the game 7-7 on the ensuing kickoff on the strength of a Warren Norman 99 yard return for a touchdown.
The Dores took the lead in the third quarter on the strength of a drive that included 36 yards on the ground Norman. When the drive stalled, Coach Johnson elected to go with Fowler for the field goal. Fowler connected on the 21 yarder this time and Vandy led 10-7. Despite the impressive performance by Norman and the success Vandy was beginning to show on the ground that would be the last we would see Norman really used from that point forward. Norman finished with 83 yards on the ground and the kickoff return for 99 yards. Norman had quite an impressive performance against a very stingy Gamecock defense.
The Dores came into the game third in the Nation against the pass. Garcia however had a field day passing for two touchdowns and 312 yards. The backbreaker was Alshon Jeffery’s 43 Yd pass reception from Garcia with 12:51 left to play. The five play drive that covered 89 yds in only 2 minutes and 10 seconds to provide the final margin.
Vandy had one more chance with over four minutes left despite having no timeouts. Spurrier had elected to go for a 4<sup>th</sup> and two rather than kick a sure field goal that would have required Vandy to score a touchdown just to tie. The attempt failed and even lost 6 yards giving Vandy the ball on their 36 yard line.
Vandy moved the ball down the field on the arm of Larry Smith. However once again the drive failed when Smith trying to get out of trouble lost 15 yards and then threw the ball costing an intentional grounding. The total loss was 30 yards and brought up 4<sup>th</sup> down. Since this game was anticipated as a loss, many Vandy fans might be happy. But I am not. Vandy went away from the ground game and ultimately paid the price. In a close game where the team plays over their head, I look to how did the coaches perform? Steve Spurrier made a real bad mistake in going for a 4<sup>th</sup> and two. Coach Johnson made a bigger mistake taking the ball out of Warren’s hands and staying with Larry Smith.
Vandy also returned to their penalty plagued ways. I blame this loss on coaching and wonder is Coach Johnson trying to get fired?