Report Card: Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss

(VM/Stan Jones)

It's in the record books now. Vanderbilt 31 Ole Miss 17. VandyMania.com analyzes every element of the Commodores's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Vanderbilt
31

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Ole Miss
17

AREA GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
B+
18 of 26 for 200 yards and no interceptions. We'll take that any day! Earl Bennett had 11 catches for 100 yards.
RUSHING OFFENSE
A
Super job rushing by Cassen Jackson-Garrison who had a career night with 119 yards and three touchdowns. Also a good job running by Chris Nickson and Jared Hawkins.
PASSING DEFENSE
B-
Nice work by the defensive line and linebackers getting six sacks. Wow, when was the last time we had those kind of numbers against an SEC opponent? Great leaping interception by D.J. Moore. Gave up two touchdown passes but on one Moore defended well the receiver just made a great catch.
RUSHING DEFENSE
A
Green-Ellis had been a monster in his first two games. Vanderbilt's defense limited him to just 66 yards, a big improvement over the Alabama game.
SPECIAL TEAMS
C+
No major breakdowns other than a botched field goal attempt and a barely missed field goal attempt. D.J. Moore had some nice kickoff returns; one went for 33 yards. Ole Miss had a couple of good returns as well but nothing like what we've seen against Richmond and Alabama. Brett Upson punted well.
COACHING
B
Great work getting the team up after a disappointing loss to Alabama. Good job fixing the kick return teams.
OVERALL GRADE
B
A solid game with no major breakdowns. Vanderbilt picks up a good win that keeps their bowl hopes alive. Now the Commodores can take a week off to catch up on their studies and heal their wounds before facing Eastern Michigan, a team they should dominate in all facets of the game.

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