2010 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

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2010 Vanderbilt Commodores football
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Conference Southeastern Conference
Eastern Division
2010 record 2–10 (1–7 SEC)
Head coach Robbie Caldwell (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Jimmy Kiser (1st year)
Defensive coordinator Jamie Bryant (2nd year)
Home stadium Vanderbilt Stadium
Seasons
« 2009 2011 »
2010 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#22 South Carolina x   5 3         9 5  
Florida   4 4         8 5  
Georgia   3 5         6 7  
Tennessee   3 5         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         6 7  
Vanderbilt   1 7         2 10  
Western Division
#1 Auburn x#   8 0         14 0  
#12 Arkansas   6 2         10 3  
#8 LSU   6 2         11 2  
#10 Alabama   5 3         10 3  
#15 Mississippi State   4 4         9 4  
Ole Miss   1 7         4 8  
Championship: Auburn 56, South Carolina 17
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University during the 2010 college football season. The team's head coach was Robbie Caldwell, who had been serving as interim head coach following the unexpected retirement of previous head coach Bobby Johnson in July 2010.[1] Vanderbilt has been a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) since the league's inception in 1932, and has participated in that conference's Eastern Division since its formation in 1992. The Commodores played their seven home games at Vanderbilt Stadium at Dudley Field in Nashville, Tennessee, which has been Vanderbilt football's home stadium since 1922. The Commodores finished the season 2–10, 1–7 in SEC play. Caldwell resigned at the end of the season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 6:30 p.m. Northwestern* Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN CSS L 21–23   37,210
September 11 6:00 p.m. #19 LSU Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN ESPNU L 3–27   36,940
September 18 11:21 a.m. at Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS (Rivalry) SECN W 28–14   51,667
October 2 11:00 a.m. at Connecticut* Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT Big East Network L 21–40   40,000
October 9 6:00 p.m. Eastern Michigan* Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN ESPNU W 52–6   33,107
October 16 11:21 a.m. at Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA (Rivalry) SECN L 0–43   92,746
October 23 6:00 p.m. #19 South Carolinadagger Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN SECRN L 7–21   33,425
October 30 6:00 p.m. at #19 Arkansas Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR SECRN L 14–49   70,430
November 6 11:21 a.m. Florida Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN SECN L 14–55   33,848
November 13 11:21 a.m. at Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY (Rivalry) SECN L 20–38   60,391
November 20 6:30 p.m. Tennessee Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN (Rivalry) CSS L 10–24   37,017
November 27 6:30 p.m. Wake Forest* Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN SECN L 13–34   21,338
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Game notes[edit]

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 10 0 7 6 23
Vanderbilt 0 9 6 6 21
  • Location: Nashville, TN
  • Game start: 6:35 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:17
  • Game attendance: 37,210
  • Game weather: 78, Sunny
  • Referee: Dennis Lipski
  • Television network: CSS

Northwestern jumped out to a 10–0 lead in the first half led by first year starting QB Dan Persa. Vanderbilt scored its first TD late in the first half on a TD run by Warren Norman, but the extra point was missed. Vanderbilt scored a field goal as time expired in the first half to make the score 10–9. Persa threw for another TD in the 3rd quarter to extend the lead to 17–9. Vanderbilt rallied late in the 3rd quarter on a 36-yard pass from Larry Smith to TE Brandon Barden, but Vanderbilt could not convert the two-point conversion that would have tied the game, making the score 17–15 at the end of the third quarter. Persa added a third TD pass in the 4th quarter, but the extra point was not converted due to a mishandled snap, keeping the margin to one possession. Vanderbilt later blocked a Northwestern field goal attempt and scored late in the 4th quarter, but was unable to convert again on the two point play to tie the game at 23–23. Vanderbilt nearly got a final possession in the game, after appearing to stop Persa short of a first down on 3rd and 6 with under two minutes remaining, but Vanderbilt was flagged for an illegal hit, allowing Northwestern to run out the clock.

Overall Record Last Meeting Result[2]
0–1–1 1952 Tie, 20–20

LSU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 LSU 0 10 0 17 27
Vanderbilt 0 0 3 0 3
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 36,940
  • Game weather: 78, Cloudy
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Herm Edwards (color)

After an uneventful first quarter in which neither offense could put a drive together, LSU scored early in the second quarter off of a 30-yard run by Russell Shepard. LSU added a field goal as time expired in the first half to increase the lead to 10–0. Vanderbilt scored a field goal on their first possession of the second half and then got the ball back off of an interception thrown by Jordan Jefferson. Vanderbilt, however, failed to produce on offense for the remainder of the game, with all further drives resulting in punts. LSU added a field goal and two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to end the game with the score 27–3. Vanderbilt struggled on offense throughout the game, producing just 4.4 yards per pass and 2 yards per rush against a solid LSU defense.

Mississippi[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 14 7 7 28
Ole Miss 0 7 7 0 14
  • Location: Oxford, MS
  • Game start: 11:21 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:28
  • Game attendance: 51,667[3]
  • Game weather: 81, Clear
  • Referee: Penn Wagers
  • TV announcers (SECN): Dave Neal (play-by-play), Andre Ware (color), Cara Capuano (sideline)

After a defense-dominated first quarter in which both teams ended all drives with punts, Vanderbilt put together a 13-play 96-yard drive capped off by at 35-yard run by Zac Stacey for at touchdown. Vanderbilt increased their lead to 14–0 after returning a Jeremiah Masoli interception for a touchdown later in the second quarter. Ole Miss bounced back, scoring a touchdown on their next drive to put the score at 14–7 at the half. The Rebels tied the game in the third quarter on a 28-yard run by Masoli, but the Commodores immediately answered on their next possession with an 80-yard touchdown run by Warren Norman. Larry Smith added a 15-yard touchdown rush in the 4th quarter while the Vanderbilt defense shut out the Rebels for the remainder of the game to give the Commodores the win 28–14.

Connecticut[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 21 0 0 21
Connecticut 7 14 10 9 40
  • Location: East Hartford, CT
  • Game start: 12:08 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:16
  • Game attendance: 40,000
  • Game weather: 60, Sunny
  • Referee: Steve Shaw
  • Television network: Big East Network

Eastern Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eastern Michigan 3 0 3 0 6
Vanderbilt 7 24 14 7 52
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 6:05 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 33,107
  • Game weather: 85, Fair
  • Referee: Penn Wagers
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Herm Edwards (color)

Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 12 10 21 0 43
  • Location: Athens, GA
  • Game start: 12:21 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 92,746
  • TV announcers (SECN): Dave Neal (play-by-play), Andre Ware (color), Cara Capuano (sideline)

South Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 South Carolina 0 7 7 7 21
Vanderbilt 0 7 0 0 7
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 33,425
  • Television network: SECRN

Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 14 0 0 0 14
#19 Arkansas 6 26 3 14 49

Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 7 34 14 0 55
Vanderbilt 0 0 7 7 14
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 11:21 a.m.
  • Game attendance: 33,848
  • Television network: SECN

Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 3 10 0 7 20
Kentucky 3 7 14 14 38

Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 7 7 0 10 24
Vanderbilt 0 3 0 7 10
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Television network: CSS

Wake Forest[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 10 14 3 7 34
Vanderbilt 3 3 0 7 13
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Television network: SECN

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Low, Chris (July 14, 2010). "Vanderbilt coach Johnson retires". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ Northwestern Wildcats record against Vanderbilt Commodores
  3. ^ "Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Mississippi Rebels Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on September 21, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2010.