Today I am eating some tasty Tennessee Black bird. I finally found the recipe I was looking for Saturday. Take one little used back, one rock pounder who never runs outside and one Senior who has under performed for one reason or another. Next insert all into a must win game and stir. A wonderful mix suitable for entertaining around 35,000 people. I'll eat my crow now.
Saturday one of the keys to Vanderbilt defeating the Wildcats from Kentucky was to establish a strong running game. The DORES did just that and then some. It started with JHawk running wild on the Cats. JHawk had multiple runs over five yards and more importantly he dished out plenty of punishment on those runs. Jared left the game after being carted off the field after a flagrant late hit by Kentucky player Ashton Cobb. Enter Jeff Jennings and Cassen Jackson Garrison. Jennings, normally a power, between the tackles type of back, proved the doubters wrong by continually gaining yards in chunks by rushing outside the tackles. Not to be outdone, Cassen Jackson returned to his old self charging through the line and busting off huge runs deep into the Kentucky secondary forcing safeties to stop him from scoring.
The Commodore rushing attack played a big part in the Commodores reaching 30 first downs and over 230 rushing yards on the day.
Gentlemen, it is my privilege to eat this crow for doubting the Commodore rushing attack. Mmmmmmmm.
Yes, we had some trouble containing Locke and Little. Yes, Woodson had a decent day if you look at his stats ( 17-of-28 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown ). what the stats do not tell you is that Kentucky gained most of their yards by running outside. The stats also do not tell the story of how every time Kentucky tried to run up the middle #54 was there to turn the ball carriers down. Theo played one hell of a game Saturday and I guarantee you he hasn't played his best football yet.
#54 Theo Horrocks
The magic man was at it again against Kentucky; Bennett makes the impossible catch look routine and can turn an average catch into something special. Earl finished with 8 big catches for 69 yards.
#10 Earl Bennett
#7 Sean Walker
We have another explosive receiver and a big time playmaker. Sean walker scored the first touchdown of the game on a beautiful route, which left him wide open in the end zone for a fourteen yard score.
#85 Jake Bradford
It can now be said that Bradford is a legitimate threat to score every time he touches the ball. If you saw the Florida Stunners just cut and paste that game ball on to this weeks Stunners. Late in the second quarter the defense forgot about Jake and he burned them with a thirty-yard touchdown catch.
Next Up: Tennessee in Vanderbilt Stadium- East.