Vandy coach: Had ‘honest talk’ about poor start

Vandy coach: Had 'honest talk' about poor start (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Vanderbilt coach James Franklin says the open date came at a good time for his Commodores after their most lopsided loss for the program since 2003.

The Commodores (1-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) had a week off after a 48-3 loss to then-No. 5 Georgia on Sept. 22 – a game that easily was the worst since Franklin arrived on campus in December 2010.

Franklin said Monday they've had some very honest discussions.

Jordan Rodgers remains the starting quarterback. Coaches also compared this year's start to opening 3-1 a year ago. Franklin says the defense forced more turnovers, 16 compared to just four this season.

Now Vanderbilt will prepare to visit Missouri (3-2, 0-2) Saturday night for the first time since 1958 with each team looking for the first league win.

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