NCAAF Game Recap - Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:00 PM EST

Aub
21
Ala
52
F
SCar
35
Clem
56
F
ND
24
USC
17
F
Mich
39
OHSt
62
F
GATec
21
UGA
45
F
Okla
59
WVU
56
F
Wash
28
WaSt
15
F
UCF
38
SoFL
10
F
LSU
72
TxAM
74
F(6OT)
Tex
24
Kans
17
F
Fla
41
FlaSt
14
F
UtSt
24
Boise
33
F
MD
3
PSU
38
F
KY
56
Lou
10
F
BYU
27
Utah
35
F
Syr
42
BC
21
F
Ill
16
NW
24
F
MisSt
35
Miss
3
F
Pitt
3
MiaFL
24
F
K St
38
IASt
42
F
NIU
21
WestMI
28
F
Ball
21
MiaOH
42
F
ColSt
19
AF
27
F
Hou
31
Mem
52
F
Neb
28
Iowa
31
F
C Mi
13
Toled
51
F
Akr
28
Ohio
49
F
E Mi
28
Kent
20
F
Buff
44
BGSU
14
F
Ark
0
Mizzu
38
F
CoCar
28
SoAl
31
F
UVA
31
VaTec
34
F OT
ECU
6
Cin
56
F
Oreg
55
OreSt
15
F
Navy
28
Tul
29
F
Bayl
35
TxTch
24
F
W Ky
30
LaTec
15
F
Purd
28
Ind
21
F
Marsh
28
FLInt
25
F
NCSt
34
UNC
28
F OT
Wake
59
Duke
7
F
OD
13
Rice
27
F
GaSo
35
GASt
14
F
NMSt
21
Lib
28
F
Wyo
31
NM
3
F
Troy
10
App
21
F
ULLaf
31
ULMon
28
F
Stan
49
UCLA
42
F
SMiss
39
UTEP
7
F
UAB
3
MidTN
27
F
AzSt
41
Ariz
40
F
Minn
37
Wisc
15
F
SMU
24
Tuls
27
F
Temp
57
UConn
7
F
ArkSt
33
TxSt
7
F
Tenn
13
Vand
38
F
Rut
10
MSU
14
F
Char
27
FlAtl
24
F
SJSU
13
Fres
31
F
Colo
21
Cal
33
F
NorTx
24
UTSA
21
F
OkSt
24
TCU
31
F
Nev
29
UNLV
34
F
Hawaii
31
SDSU
30
F OT

Nov 24, 2018, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Tennessee (5-7)

0

0

7

6

13

Vanderbilt (6-6)

7

10

0

21

38

Vandy beats rival Tennessee 38-13 for 2nd bowl in 3 seasons
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:52 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Derek Mason knows exactly what Vanderbilt's rivalry with Tennessee means thanks to an orange mailbox he passes every day on his way to work.

Now the coach and his Commodores have a piece of history not seen in the Volunteer State in nearly a century.

Kyle Shurmur completed his first 15 passes and finished with 367 yards and three touchdowns as the Vanderbilt Commodores routed in-state rival Tennessee 38-13 Saturday to become bowl eligible for the second time in three seasons.

Vanderbilt (6-6, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) also won its third straight over Tennessee, something the Commodores hadn't managed since a six-game streak that ended in 1926. Mason now has beaten three different Tennessee coaches in each of the last three seasons, and Vanderbilt has beaten four Vols coaches winning five of the last seven.

"I've been in this rivalry game when we lost and I heard about it for 365 days , and that's a tough deal ...," Mason said. "I think our guys understand that, they live in this city, they understand what this rivalry game is and I think they don't treat it any different, I just think they want it more right now. So with that being said, it's been fun playing in this game."

Tennessee (5-7, 2-6) sacked Shurmur three times. That didn't stop Vanderbilt from simply dominating the Vols, outgaining them 467-242 in total offense and holding the ball for more than 43 minutes.

"This is the football team that I thought I had going into the season," Mason said after dancing on the middle of the field in celebration.

First-year coach Jeremy Pruitt said the best team won.

"We have a long way to go," Pruitt said. "I think our kids improved as the season went. We had a couple kids that got injured late that I don't think helped us down the stretch. I think Vanderbilt deserved to win. They outplayed us."

Shurmur saves his best each season for the Vols. He threw for a career-high 416 yards in 2016 and four TD passes in last season's win. In his final game at Vanderbilt Stadium, Shurmur put on a show with his first incompletion coming with 56 seconds left in the first half.

He finished 31 of 35 completing passes to nine different receivers with TD passes of 17 yards to Jared Pinkney, 26 yards to freshman Amir Abdur-Rahman and Cody Markel. Shurmur improved his own school record in a game by completing 88.6 percent of his passes.

Wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb and Khari Blasingame each ran for TDs, and Ryley Guay added a 43-yard field goal for the Commodores.

"Anytime you get a chance to beat UT, it's just a great feeling man," Vandy linebacker Jordan Griffin said.

Tennessee played without starting right guard Nathan Niehaus, who didn't dress for the game, and lost left guard Jahmir Johnson late in the final seconds of the first half for targeting. Review showed Johnson hit Vanderbilt safety LaDarius Wiley in the head after an interception by Commodores safety Frank Coppet.

That interception ended Jarrett Guarantano's school record at 167 straight passes without a pick.

TAKEAWAYS

Tennessee: The Vols lost two straight to end the season, outscored 88-30 in losses to Missouri and Vanderbilt when they needed only one victory to become bowl eligible in coach Jeremy Pruitt's debut season. ... Tennessee still leads this series 75-33-5.

Vanderbilt: Ke'Shawn Vaughn became only the sixth different running back to rush for 1,000 yards with the Commodores' eighth all-time 1,000-yard season. He ran six times for 25 yards, giving him 1,001 yards for the season. He also caught two passes for 33 yards more. But Vaughn took a hit to the head on Vandy's first TD drive, then he got hit by a pair of Tennessee defenders on his sixth and final run. He went to the locker room with an injured left arm and shoulder.

MASON'S PLACE IN HISTORY

Mason now is just the second Vandy coach to beat Tennessee at least three times, joining Dan McGugin who led the Commodores to six straight between 1920 and 1926. This also is Vanderbilt's largest margin of victory in this series since a 26-0 win over the Vols in 1954.

UP NEXT

Tennessee: National signing period.

Vanderbilt: Bowl announcement with options including Liberty, Music City and Belk.

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Passing

Tenn Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Chryst 4 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
J. Guarantano 29 13 44.8 1 139 43 1 56.5
Vand Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Shurmur 35 31 88.6 3 367 41 0 138.9

Rushing

Tenn Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Chandler 7 88 12.6 75 1
T. Jordan 5 27 5.4 19 0
Vand Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Blasingame 20 70 3.5 21 1
K. Vaughn 6 25 4.2 7 0

Receiving

Tenn Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Jennings 2 51 25.5 43 0
M. Callaway 3 36 12.0 17 1
Vand Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Bolar 6 93 15.5 41 0
K. Lipscomb 8 86 10.8 23 0

Fumbles

Returning

Tenn KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Callaway 0 - 0 0 1 25.0 0 25
Vand KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Wakefield 1 21.0 0 21 0 - 0 0

Punting

Tenn Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Doyle 8 299 37.4 47
Vand Punt Yds Avg LgPu
P. Thome 3 166 55.3 62

Takeaways

Vand Int Yds InTD
F. Coppet 1 13 0

Team Stats Comparison

Tenn Vand
Points For 13 38
Total Yards 242 467
Rushing Yards 103 100
Passing Yards 139 367
Passing Completions / Attempts 13/33 31/35
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 12 29
Penalties - Yards 3/25 3/43
Time Of Possession 57:57 3:03
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/11 5/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 8/37 3/55

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Tenn Vand
Vand 13:22 TD Jared Pinkney 17 yd pass from Kyle Shurmur (Ryley Guay kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter Tenn Vand
Vand 4:27 TD Kalija Lipscomb 2 yd run (Ryley Guay kick) 0 14
Vand 14:09 FG Ryley Guay 43 yd FG 0 17
3rd Quarter Tenn Vand
Tenn 0:12 TD Ty Chandler 75 yd run (Brent Cimaglia kick) 7 17
4th Quarter Tenn Vand
Vand 0:31 TD Amir Abdur-Rahman 26 yd pass from Kyle Shurmur (Ryley Guay kick) 7 24
Vand 5:58 TD Khari Blasingame 1 yd run (Ryley Guay kick) 7 31
Tenn 6:29 TD Marquez Callaway 17 yd pass from Jarrett Guarantano (failed 2pt pass) 13 31
Vand 12:27 TD Cody Markel 2 yd pass from Kyle Shurmur (Ryley Guay kick) 13 38

Game Information

Stadium: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 35,887
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