NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – For the first time since head coach Derek Mason took over at Vanderbilt University, the Commodores beat in-state rival Tennessee and became bowl eligible with a sixth win this season.
As for Tennessee, they finishedc the regular season 8-4, the same record they had a year ago before entering bowl season. This was despite scoring 58 touchdowns this season, which is the most for the Vols since 1993.
It could not have been a better start for Tennessee as the Vols scored on their opening drive after stopping Vanderbilt on the fourth down of it’s opening drive. Alvin Kamara scored on a 14-yard run to put Tennessee up early.
Vanderbilt responded on it’s next drive as Kyle Shurmer drove the Dores six plays for 75 yards capped off with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Bailey McElwain to tie the game at 7-7.
Tennessee responded again with Alvin Kamara scoring on a 21 yard touchdown pass and a one yard touchdown run to take a 21-7 lead early in the 2nd quarter.
Vandy had answers with two scores. The first was to Sam Dobbs on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Shurmer, and then Ralph Webb scored on a 9-yard run to tie the game at 21-21.
Tennessee took the momentum to the locker room as Josh Dobbs found Josh Malone for a 27- yard touchdown to make it 31-24 at halftime.
After the half, it was all Vanderbilt as the Commodores outscored Tennessee 21-3 to get win number six in a 45-34 win.
Khari Blasingam and Darius Sims each had a rushing touchdown as Vandy grabbed it’s first lead in the fourth quarter, and Ralph Webb provided the knockout punch with a 28-yard touchdown run to seal the game for Vandy.
Webb is now Vanderbilt’s all-time leading rusher after gaining 114 yards against Tennessee, while Kyle Shurmer turned in one of the Commodores best games ever with a new career high 416 passing yards.
Josh Dobbs had a good game for Tennessee, going 31/34 for 340 yards and two touchdowns, andAlvin Kamara led the Vols in rushing with 69 yards.
Derek Barnett had one sack putting him at 32 for his career to tie with Reggie White for most all time at Tennessee.
With the win, Vanderbilt finishes the regular season at 6-6 (3-5 in the SEC), and Tennessee stays at it’s win total from a year ago at 8-4 (4-4 in the SEC).