Vanderbilt Game: Vanderbilt Post Game Notes



Sept. 8, 2007

Final Score:  Alabama 24, Vanderbilt 10

Vanderbilt is now 1-1, 0-1 on the season. The Commodores continue to struggle in Southeastern Conference openers, falling to 1-9 in their last 10 games.The Commodores return to action next Saturday in a home match-up against annual SEC West Rival Ole Miss.

Pregame Notes: Vanderbilt and Alabama are playing before a sellout crowd of 39, 773 in Vanderbilt Stadium. It marks the second sellout in the last three games in the stadium.

Vanderbilt Notes

  • Jeff Jennings (R-Jr.) earned his first start at tailback in more than a year. Jennings missed the 2006 season with a knee injury suffered on Nov. 12, 2005.
  • With 5:02 left in the first quarter, LB Marcus Buggs (R-Sr.) stopped an Alabama drive with a five-yard sack of QB John Parker Wilson.
  • Cassen Jackson-Garrison stopped Vanderbilt’s fourth possession with a 25-yard rush. QB Chris Nickson then connected with TE Justin Green for 17 yards with 3:25 left. It was Green’s first career reception.  Junior Bryant Hahnfeldt successfully concluded the drive with a 33-yard FG.\
  • With 14:26 left in the second quarter, Reshard Langford gave Vanderbilt excellent field possession with an interception – his seventh career pick. The Commodores were not able to get points off the turnover.

The Commodores were hurt by penalties in the first half:

  • An offensive pass interference negated a 60-yard reception by Earl Bennett on the first play of the game;
  • A facemask infraction negated an apparent 73-yard punt return for a touchdown by Alex Washington;
  • Two Vanderbilt penalties, resulting in 26-net yards, on a single play helped Bama get in position for a late second quarter FG..

Commodore Superlatives

  • Earl Bennett: Caught four passes for 52 yards. He moved into third place all-time among Commodores in receiving yardage, passing Martin Cox (1975-78). He has 2,297 yards for his career.
  • Bennett also surpassed former Tennessee receiver Marcus Nash on the SEC list for career receptions. He now ranks 13th place all-time among SEC receivers with 178 catches.
  • Justin Wheeler (R-So., WR) and Justin Green (R-Fr., TE) caught their first three passes of their Commodore careers’.
  • Mackenzi Adams (R-So., QB) completed 13 of 23 passes in a relief role for starter Chris Nickson. Adams connected with George Smith on a 15-yard TD in the fourth quarter. It was Adams’ first career scoring strike. The 13 completions is a single-game high for Adams.
  • For the second straight game, D.J. Moore (So., CB) posted double-digit tackles. He had 12 against Alabama, one week after posting 11 vs. Richmond.
  • Marcus Buggs put together a solid effort on defense, contributing eight tackles, two tackles for loss including a sack, and a pair of quarterback hurries.