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Vanderbilt Commodores football
2014 Vanderbilt Commodores football team
Vanderbilt Commodores.png
First season 1890
Athletic director David Williams II (as Vice-Chancellor for Student Life)
Head coach Derek Mason
1st year, 1–2 (.333)
Home stadium Vanderbilt Stadium
Field Dudley Field
Year built 1922
Stadium capacity 40,550
Stadium surface FieldTurf (Legion 46)
Location Nashville, Tennessee
League NCAA Division I
Conference SEC
(1932–present)
Division SEC Eastern Division
(1992–present)
Past conferences SIAA
 (1895–1921)
Southern Conference
 (1922–1931)
All-time record 583–584–50 (.500)
Postseason bowl record 4–2–1 (.643)
Claimed national titles 0
Unclaimed national titles 2 (1921, 1922)
Conference titles 14 (0 SEC)
Division titles 0
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 6[1]
Colors

Black and Gold

          
Fight song Dynamite!
Mascot Mr. C
Marching band Spirit of Gold Marching Band
Rivals Ole Miss Rebels
Tennessee Volunteers
Sewanee Tigers
Kentucky Wildcats
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Website vucommodores.com

The Vanderbilt Commodores football team represents Vanderbilt University in the sport of American football. The Commodores compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They are currently coached by Derek Mason. Vanderbilt plays their home games at Vanderbilt Stadium, located on the university's Nashville, Tennessee campus.

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History[edit]

Early History (1890-1903)[edit]

Vanderbilt and the University of Nashville played the first college football game in the state of Tennessee in 1890.[2] In 1894 Vanderbilt was among the seven founding members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Just after the turn of the century, the team enjoyed fairly substantial success, with a composite record of 20–3–2 from 19011903.[3]

Dan McGugin era (1904-1934)[edit]

Coach McGugin

That same year, Vanderbilt began one of its oldest rivalries: the Vanderbilt-Ole Miss rivalry.[4] Even so, Dan McGugin's arrival as coach from his brother-in-law Fielding H. Yost's Michigan program in 1904 showed an immediate impact.[5] The 1904 squad outscored its opposition by 474 to four in winning all nine games.[6] McGugin's tenure spanned the years 1904-17 and 1919-34 with a record of 197–55–19.[7]

In 1922, Vanderbilt hosted Michigan to inaugurate Dudley Field.[8] The game ended in a 0-0 tie and figures prominently in the program's history.[8] VU football historian Bill Traughber chronicles the event:

The game between Vanderbilt and Michigan had a carnival-like atmosphere.
Dignitaries and politicians were invited to participate at Dudley Field, the largest football-only stadium in the South at that time. The guest of honor for the dedication game was Cornelius Vanderbilt, the great-great grandson of the university's namesake.
Accompanied by his wife, Vanderbilt arrived at Nashville's Union Station on the morning of the game, his first trip to the city. The day's first event was a luncheon for the young Vanderbilt couple, which was held at the Hermitage Hotel and hosted by Vanderbilt University Board of Trust.
Thousands of Vanderbilt students and alumni met downtown for a parade with Tennessee Governor Alf Taylor riding in the lead automobile. Decorated in orange and black, their automobile began the parade at Twelfth and Broadway, weaving through the side streets to a reviewing stand at the foot of the Capitol Building.[9]

A young Earnest Albert Craft, born in 1898, employed with the construction team that built the Dudley Field wooden stands was in attendance the day of the game vs. Michigan. Earnest was called on to raise the first American flag during the national anthem. Later, Rev. Earnest Albert Craft would become city councilman of in the West Nashville area and 40 year pastor of Sylvan Park Free Will Baptist Church in Nashville. Clippings of this event are documented in archives of the old Nashville Banner newspaper. A copy of this newspaper account is held today by grandson by adoption, Albert D. Mitchell. Albert, named after E. A. Craft, lives on the west side of Nashville in Bellevue. He was a graduated of Cohn High School and later return to teach and coach at Cohn High School, finally retiring from the Metro Nashville School system in 1898.

1922 was also the year that Vanderbilt entered the Southern Conference as a charter member.[10] The Commodores tied for the conference championship in 1922 and 1923 and continued to finish in the upper half of the conference standings for the next decade.[11] Vanderbilt football has not won a conference championship since 1923; as of the 2014 season, it is one of the longest such droughts in FBS.

In 1932, Vanderbilt—at the pinnacle of its athletics dominance in the South[12]—joined the other SoCon schools south and west of the Appalachians in founding the Southeastern Conference. The other charter members were Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Sewanee, Georgia Tech, and Tulane.[13]

Coach McGugin retired after the 1934 season.[14] He remains the most successful Vanderbilt head football coach in the history of the program.[15] He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1951.[16][17]

Ray Morrison era (1935-1939)[edit]

Coach Ray Morrison retook the reins of his alma mater following the retirement of his predecessor, Dan McGugin.[18] Morrison posted a 29–22–2 overall record[19] but his teams were inconsistent, with three winning seasons but two losing, failing to duplicate the success of his successful predecessor.[20] He won SEC Coach of the Year honors in 1937 before being replaced after five seasons.[21]

Sanders, Alley and Bartling (1940-1948)[edit]

Coach Sanders

Henry Sanders had a successful stint as head coach at Vanderbilt, compiling a 36–22–2 (.617) record there from 1940-1942 and 1946-1948.[22] His record is the best of any Vandy head football coach while the school has been a member of the SEC.[23] Highlights included

  • A stunning upset of #7 ranked Alabama on November 22, 1941, in a driving rainstorm in Nashville;[24] up to that time, only the second time in Commodore history where they defeated a ranked team.[25]
  • The first top-20 ranking in the school history in 1947, where the team was ranked #10 after opening the season with two wins. The team defended its ranking with a defeat of #18 Mississippi, the first time Vanderbilt played a ranked school while ranked.
  • An eight game winning string to end the 1948 season, including a ranking in the final poll and a defeat of arch rival Tennessee. This still stands as the second[26] longest single-season win streak in Vanderbilt football history.[27]

Sanders left the Commodores after the 1942 season to serve in World War II but returned to lead the Commodores for three more seasons before leaving to accept the head football coach position at UCLA.[28] He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1996.

Ernest Alley led the Commodores for the 1943 season while Sanders was away at war. He posted a 5–0 record before departing to become an assistant at Auburn.

Doby Bartling led the Commodores for two seasons (1944-1945) until Sanders returned. Bartling posted a 6–6–1 overall record in those two seasons.[29]

Bill Edwards era (1949-1952)[edit]

Bill Edwards was hired as Vanderbilt's head football coach and athletic director in 1949, replacing Henry Russell Sanders when Sanders left to become head coach at UCLA.[30] Vanderbilt gave the 43-year-old coach a three-year contract paying a $12,500 salary ($123,899 in today's dollars).[30] "I don't like to leave the Cleveland Browns and Paul Brown in particular," he said at the time. "I'll never forget my experiences with the Browns over the past two years."[30] Edwards remained at Vanderbilt for four seasons, building up a 21–19–2 record.[31][32] He instituted a modern T formation offense to replace Sanders's more traditional single-wing formation.[33] He resigned in 1953 under pressure from Vanderbilt alumni following a 3–5–2 season.[34]

Arthur Guepe era (1953-1962)[edit]

Vanderbilt lured Arthur Guepe from Virginia in 1953 and he coached the Commodores for ten seasons (1953-1962).[35] Guepe's 1955 Vandy team, beat 8th-ranked Auburn in the Gator Bowl and finished 8–3.[36] His Vandy teams won more Southeastern Conference games (19) than any Commodore coach before or since.[37]

After retiring from coaching after the 1962 season, Guepe said matter-of-factly and without bitterness: "There is no way you can be Harvard Monday through Friday and try to be Alabama on Saturday."[38] His message to the Vanderbilt chancellor and trustees was unambiguous--to be competitive in the arena of big-time college football, Vanderbilt would have to ease some of its rigorous standards for admissions and academic eligibility. To their great credit, Vanderbilt officials refused to follow these suggestions, and Vanderbilt has maintained the integrity of its admissions and eligibility standards to this day.

John Green era (1963-1966)[edit]

John Green was hired away from his post as defensive coordinator at Florida as the new head football coach after Guepe's retirement.[39] Green's Commodores struggled mightily under his watch, failing to win more than three games in a single season under his watch and posting a dismal 7–29–4 record in Green's four seasons.[40][41] Green was fired after the 1966 season because of these miserable struggles and low attendance and fan support at home games.

Bill Pace era (1967-1972)[edit]

Bill Pace, previously an assistant at Arkansas, took over as the Commodores head coach after Green's firing.[42] He too, would find winning difficult at Vanderbilt, posting only one winning record (a 5–4–1 1968 season) en route to a 22–38–3 overall record in his six seasons at the helm.[43] Pace resigned after the 1972 season[44] but remained the school's athletics director for another year before resigning that position as well.[44]

Steve Sloan era (1973-1974)[edit]

In 1973, Steve Sloan took over as head coach.[45] In his first season, Vanderbilt finished at 5–6, including a 1–6 record in conference play.[46] During his second season, however, Vanderbilt finished at 7–3–1 and qualified for a post-season bowl game.[47] The team was placed in the Peach Bowl against Texas Tech.[48] The two teams played to a 6-6 tie in the game.[49] It was Vanderbilt's first bowl game since 1955 and only the second in school history. Sloan left Vanderbilt after two seasons to accept the head football coach position at Texas Tech.[50]

Fred Pancoast era (1975-1978)[edit]

Fred Pancoast arrived as head football coach at Vanderbilt from Memphis.[51] In Pancoast's first season at the helm of the Commodores, the team posted a 7–4 record.[51][52] That season, unfortunately, would be Pancoast's only winning season, as three consecutive 2–9 seasons followed.[51][52] Amid dissatisfaction and frustration among the athletics department and fan base, like several of his predecessors, Pancoast resigned after the 1978 season.[51] His final record in four years at VU is 13–31.[52][53]

George MacIntyre era (1979-1985)[edit]

George MacIntyre, previously Ole Miss' offensive coordinator, became the Commodores' head coach in 1979.[54] Following three losing seasons (1–10 in 1979, 2–9 in 1980, and 4–7 in 1981), Vanderbilt went 8–4 in 1982 and earned a berth in the Hall of Fame Classic Bowl, a game they lost.[55] This would be Vanderbilt's only winning season with MacIntyre as coach, and MacIntyre would have an overall 25–52–1 record in seven seasons as head coach.[56] After the 1985 season, MacIntyre resigned from Vanderbilt, and in doing so echoed the reasoning of his predecessors, blaming the "continuing rise in academic standards, both in admissions and in the retaining of student athletes" for Vanderbilt's losing seasons.[57]

Watson Brown era (1986-1990)[edit]

Watson Brown, older brother of former Texas head coach Mack Brown, came to Vanderbilt from Rice.[58] Brown could never get the Commodores pointed in the right direction or find success, failing to post a winning record or win more than four games in a single season in his five-year tenure as head coach.[59] After posting 1–10 records in 1989 and 1990,[59] Brown was fired.[60]

Gerry DiNardo era (1991-1994)[edit]

In December 1990, Gerry DiNardo took the head coach job at Vandy, starting in the 1991 season.[61] DiNardo went 5–6, 4–7, 5–6, and 5–6 in his four seasons at the helm.[62] DiNardo's two biggest wins were the Commodores victory over #17 Georgia on October 19, 1991 and #25 Ole Miss on September 19, 1992. These were the first times Vanderbilt defeated a ranked team in years, and there was hope that DiNardo would restore the glories of the past and recruit well despite high academic requirements for acceptance and enrollment.

Despite pleas from the fan base and administration to stay, DiNardo left the Commodores after the 1994 season to accept the head football coach position at LSU.[63]

Rod Dowhower era (1995-1996)[edit]

Rod Dowhower was brought to Vanderbilt from his position as an assistant coach for the NFL's Cleveland Browns amid high hopes that he would build on the momentum of his predecessor DiNardo's tenure.[64] However, this never came to pass, as things went downhill very quickly and steadily, as Dowhower's teams was only able to salvage two 2–9 seasons (that included only one conference victory),[65] after which Dowhower resigned under pressure.[66][67]

Woody Widenhofer era (1997-2001)[edit]

Long-time and well-respected NFL assistant coach Woody Widenhofer was brought to Vanderbilt amid hopes that he was the right hire and that he would resurrect the seemingly dead Commodores football program.[68] He, like his predecessors struggled to find success on the football field, and the high academic standards of the university limited his recruiting possibilities. Widenhofer's best season was a mediocre 5–6 1999 season.[69] Other than that, the Commodores were unable to win more than three games in a single season,[70] leading to Widenhofer's resignation after five seasons.[71] While his on-the-field results weren't very successful, the NCAA announced that Widenhofer graduated a perfect 100% of his players in 2001, the best in the entire country.

Bobby Johnson era (2002-2009)[edit]

2004 Vanderbilt-Navy Game

Bobby Johnson was hired in 2002 as the head football coach.[72] Johnson had previously coached at NCAA Division I-AA power Furman, leading the Paladins to the Division I-AA title game in 2001, his final year. However, at the time, some questioned the wisdom of hiring a I-AA coach to lead a program in what has widely been reckoned as the strongest football conference in the nation.[73]

Vanderbilt officials had pursued and offered the position initially to Gary Barnett and Tyrone Willingham, both of whom had steered small, private universities (Northwestern and Stanford, respectively) to football success. Both turned down the job for different reasons.[73]

The same critics that questioned Johnson's initial hiring also derided the loyalty given to Coach Johnson by the Vanderbilt administration after his first three seasons at the school led to three consecutive 2–9 records.[74] During this time, however, Johnson was continuing to recruit players that had been passed over by major-power schools, but whom Johnson and his staff believed could be molded into SEC-caliber players.

In 2005, Vanderbilt finished with a 5–6 record, the program's best finish since 1999.[75] This included a win in Knoxville against cross-state rival Tennessee.[76]

All-SEC Quarterback Jay Cutler, the team's offensive captain that season and the offensive player of the year in the SEC, was selected 11th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos[77] and named starting quarterback for the last five games of his rookie season. Cutler currently starts at quarterback for the Chicago Bears.[78]

In the 2006 season, Vanderbilt finished with a 4–8 record with sophomore Chris Nickson at quarterback.[79] The 2006 team's peak performance came with a 24–22 defeat of conference rival #16 ranked Georgia at Sanford Stadium, the first time Vanderbilt had ever defeated a ranked opponent on the road.[80] The team came within seconds of defeating Arkansas and Alabama in consecutive weeks.[81]

Vanderbilt fans approached the 2007 season with considerable optimism, given the return of many experienced starters, including WR Earl Bennett and the closeness of the Arkansas and Alabama losses. Vanderbilt started the year strong with a decisive victory over Richmond, but hopes for a win against Nick Saban's Alabama squad fizzled in a 24-10 loss marked by several controversial penalties.[82] Vanderbilt rebounded with strong wins against Ole Miss and Eastern Michigan, but the Ole Miss victory came at a cost, as quarterback Chris Nickson suffered an injury that negatively impacted his future performance and led to his mid-season replacement by Mackenzi Adams. While Vanderbilt appeared to be en route to a convincing homecoming win against #21 Georgia, a late-game Bulldog rally coupled with a costly Vanderbilt fumble in the final minutes of the fourth quarter led to a disappointing 20-17 loss.[83] Vanderbilt rebounded with a stunning upset of #6 ranked South Carolina 17-6 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia,[84] beating a top 10 team for the first time in 33 years and a Steve Spurrier-coached team for the first time ever. It was the highest ranked team Vanderbilt had beaten since defeating #6 LSU in 1937. In the following home game against Miami (Ohio), junior wide receiver Earl Bennett made history by breaking the SEC record for most career receptions. Vanderbilt would go on to win the game 24-13.[85] With a 5–3 record entering the last four games of the season, the Commodores seemed primed for bowl eligibility. After a lopsided defeat against Florida and a close loss to Kentucky, the Commodores went to Knoxville to play Tennessee at Neyland Stadium for the first time since their 2005 win. Despite entering as heavy underdogs, Vanderbilt jumped out to a 24–9 lead at the end of the third quarter, but the Volunteers scored 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win the game by one point.[86] Vanderbilt went on to lose its final game of the series against Wake Forest 31-17.[87]

In 2008, Vanderbilt began the season winning their first five games, beating Miami (OH), South Carolina, Rice, Ole Miss, and Auburn.[88] Vanderbilt lost its next four games, however on November 15, 2008, Vanderbilt defeated Kentucky to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1982.[89] The Commodores finished the 2008 regular season with losses to Tennessee and Wake Forest, completing the regular season with a 6–6 record (4–4 in the SEC).[90]

Their 2008 finish was good enough for the Commodores to earn an invitation to play Boston College in the Music City Bowl on December 31, 2008.[91] In a come-from-behind win, Vanderbilt narrowly beat Boston College by a score of 16-14, to win its first bowl game in fifty-three years.[92]

The 2008 Vanderbilt Commodore football team is also noteworthy because it won the 2008 Academic Achievement Award from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). This award recognizes graduate rate successes on the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level. Vanderbilt was recognized for graduating 95 percent of its 2001 freshman class, the highest graduation rate among all 119 FBS teams.[93]

Junior cornerback D.J. Moore received All-SEC first team honors for the second straight season and second team All-American honors following the 2008 season.[94] He was later drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.[95]

The upward trajectory of Vanderbilt football took a step back in 2009. Despite returning 18 starters from the 2008 bowl-championship season, the Commodores finished a disappointing 2–10.[96] Numerous injuries contributed to the team's troubles, as several starters were lost with season-ending injuries, including Ryan Hamilton (Safety), Jared Hawkins (RB), James Williams (OL), and Larry Smith (QB). In addition, transfer WR and projected starter Terrence Jeffers was not academically eligible to play the entire season.

2011 vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

On July 14, 2010, Bobby Johnson announced his retirement.[97] With less than two months until the season opener, the move was a shock to many players and fans. Said Johnson, "I’ve decided to retire, not resign".[98]

Robbie Caldwell (2010)[edit]

On August 2, 2010, Vanderbilt Vice-Chancellor of Student Life David Williams, who has overseen intercollegiate athletics since Vanderbilt dissolved its athletic department in 2003, announced that the "interim" tag would be dropped from Robbie Caldwell's title, and that they had agreed to a new contract to be the full-time head coach.[99] Vanderbilt did not release the terms of the contract, but it is known to have been a multiyear contract.[100]

Caldwell was popular in his first public appearance at SEC Media Days, and has been a sought-after guest among sports talk shows.[101] His first major coaching decision came on August 6, 2010, when he hired Herb Hand, former offensive co-coordinator at the Tulsa to be the offensive line coach at Vanderbilt.[102]

On September 18, 2010, after close home losses to Northwestern and LSU, Caldwell picked up his first win as a head coach, as Vandy defeated the Ole Miss Rebels 28-14 in Oxford, MS.[103] He became the first Vanderbilt coach since 1975 to win his road debut.[104] Caldwell won his second game 52-6 against Eastern Michigan. However, starting with a 43-0 loss to Georgia, the Commodores began a six-game losing streak going into the season ending game against Wake Forest.[105] On November 27, hours before kickoff against Wake Forest, Robbie Caldwell announced that he would resign as head coach effective that evening saying, “Having the opportunity to be Vanderbilt’s head football coach has been a dream come true and I greatly appreciated the chance to serve, and I gave it my best. However, after a lot of reflection, I’ve realized it is time for me to step aside and let someone else pick up the hard work and efforts of our staff.”[106]

James Franklin era (2011-2013)[edit]

James Franklin, formerly offensive coordinator at Maryland, took over the Vanderbilt football program as head coach.[107] Franklin started out the 2011 season bringing the Commodores to a 3–0 start with wins against Elon, Connecticut, and SEC rival Ole Miss.[108] This was the best start for a new Vanderbilt coach in 68 years. After losing three games including a close loss to Georgia, Vanderbilt improved to 4 wins with a homecoming victory against Army.[109] After losing a 31-28 game against SEC opponent Arkansas and Florida 26-21,[110] the Commodores under Franklin defeated conference opponent Kentucky at home in Nashville by an impressive 38-8, improving to 5 wins on the season.[111] After a close loss to in-state and SEC rival Tennessee, Vanderbilt capped the season with a 41-7 road win against Wake Forest, finishing the season 6–6,[112] with a 2–6 record in the SEC, and earning a trip to the Liberty Bowl in Memphis against the Cincinnati Bearcats; with a loss of 31-24, Vandy finished 6–7.[113]

Franklin became the first Vanderbilt head coach to lead a Commodore team to a bowl game as a first-year head coach. As Franklin is the first coach to bring a Vanderbilt team to a bowl game two years in a row, he also has the most bowl appearances as a Vanderbilt head coach. He has the most wins for consecutive years (15) since 1926–27.[114] "Anchor Down" was established as the team's motto during the 2012 season and carried over into the 2013 season.

Coach Franklin was on the radar for a number of teams looking for a new head coach. On January 9, 2014 coach Franklin was rumored to have accepted a job as head coach of Penn State Nittany Lions, though neither university had confirmed the report. Finally, on January 11, 2014, Penn State officially announced that James Franklin had become the 16th head coach of the Nittany Lions effectively ending his tenure as the Vanderbilt Commodores head coach.[115]

Derek Mason era (2014-present)[edit]

On January 17, 2014, Derek Mason, formerly Stanford associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator, was announced as the new Vanderbilt head coach.[116] The Derek Mason era got off to a bad start his mistake-prone Commodores was outscored in a 37-7 loss to visiting Temple at home. It was Vanderbilt's worst opening-season home loss in the school's history of football, and the worst opening game loss since 1998 a 42-0 loss to Mississippi. The Commodores had seven turnovers, leading to 27 points for Temple.[117] After back to back home losses coach Mason won his first game against UMass in a hard fought game 34-31. Vanderbilt did not score a offensive TD for nine quarters. Vanderbilt was also the last team in D1 to score a offensive TD.[118] Vanderbilt had been out scored 10-78 in the two prior games before the win.[119]

Current Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Year
Derek Mason Head Coach 1st
Karl Dorrell Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks Coach 1st
David Kotulski Defensive Coordinator / Inside Linebackers Coach 1st
Charles Bankins Running Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator 4th
Gerry Gdowski Wide Receivers Coach 1st
Keven Lightner Offensive Line Coach 1st
Frank Maile Defensive Line Coach 1st
Kenwick Thompson Outside Linebackers 1st
Ryan Anderson Defensive Graduate Assistant 2nd
Tom Bossung Head Athletic Trainer 16th
Cedric Calhoun Assistant Sports Performance 1st
Kevin Colon Associate Director of Student Athletics 4t
Jason Grooms Director of Football Operations 1st
John Haskins Player Personnel 1st
Bill Hughan Football Strength and Conditioning Director 1st
Kevin Threlkel Offensive Administrative Assistant 4th
Matt Ruland Assistant Recruiting Coordinator 1st
Luke Wyatt Head Equipment Manager 32nd
Tyler Barnes Defensive Graduate Assistant 2nd
Rod Chance Quality Control Offense 1st
A.J. Haase Offensive Graduate Assistant 1st
Chandler Henley Offensive Graduate Assistant 1st
Charles Walker Defensive Quality Control 1st

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Milestones[edit]

1890[edit]

  • First football game

1891[edit]

1892[edit]

1893[edit]

1894[edit]

1896[edit]

1897[edit]

  • First conference title (SIAA)

1899[edit]

  • First game against Texas.

1901[edit]

  • Largest margin of victory over rival Georgia, 47–0.
  • SIAA champions.

1903[edit]

  • First game against Alabama
  • SIAA co-champions.

1904[edit]

  • Dan McGugin's first year, an undefeated 9–0.
  • Averaged 52.7 points per game, the most in college football, and allowed 4 points all year.
  • SIAA champions
  • Beat Centre 97–0

1905[edit]

  • First game against Michigan.
  • Outscored opponents 372–22 from 1903 to 1905
  • Record of 22–2–1 over this same span
  • SIAA champions
  • Largest margin of victory over rival Sewanee, 68–4.

1906[edit]

1907[edit]

  • Tied Navy 6–6.
  • Home win streak ended at 26 by Michigan.
  • SIAA champions for seventh straight year.

1910[edit]

  • Held Yale to a scoreless tie at Yale Field.
  • SIAA champions

1912[edit]

  • Third straight SIAA title

1915[edit]

  • A legitimate "point-a-minute" team, scoring 514 points in 510 minutes of play.
  • SIAA champions
  • Largest margin of victory over rival Ole Miss, 91–0.

1916[edit]

  • Largest margin of victory over rival Kentucky, 45–0

1918[edit]

  • Largest margin of victory over rival Tennessee, 76–0

1921[edit]

1922[edit]

  • Founding member of the Southern Conference
  • Shared Southern title at 8–0–1
  • Tied Michigan 0–0 at the dedication of Dudley Field, the first stadium built exclusively for college football in the South.
  • Nation's top ranked defense as measured by points against per game (1.8). Allowed no points at home.

1923[edit]

  • Last conference title in football
  • Lynn Bomar was one of the first Southern players to make first team on Walter Camp's list of All-Americans.
  • Beat Georgia and Tennessee by a combined 86 to 14.

1924[edit]

1930[edit]

  • Beat Minnesota at Memorial Stadium 33–7.

1932[edit]

1948[edit]

  • Finished #12 in final AP poll

1954[edit]

  • First night game at Dudley Field, against Baylor.

1955[edit]

1956[edit]

2012[edit]

  • The longest road winning streak (4) since 1950.
  • Longest win streak (7) since 1948.[114]
  • Most times scoring 40 (5) or more points since 1915.
  • First Vandy player (Zac Stacy) to rush for over 3000 yards in career (3,148)
  • First time since 1949–1951 that Vanderbilt beats Rival Ole Miss in consecutive years.
  • Jordan Matthews set a single-season record with 1,262 yards receiving.
  • Kicker Carey Spear school record 81 points.
  • Largest margin of victory over Rival Tennessee (23) 41–18 since 1954 (26-0)
  • Largest margin of victory against secondary rival Kentucky (40) since 1916 when Vanderbilt won 45-0
  • First time a Vanderbilt team to a bowl in back to back years
  • First win at home vs Tennessee in 30 years
  • First 8 win season since 1982
  • Longest rush from scrimmage 90 Zac Stacy.
  • First winning record in the regular season since 1982
  • Four straight wins in SEC play for the first time since 1949
  • The first time in Vanderbilt history a player (Zac Stacy) has rushed for over 1000 yards back to back years.
  • The first 9 win season since 1915[121]

2013[edit]

  • First back to back 9 win seasons in school history
  • Three years and three bowls games.
  • Jordan Matthews SEC record with 263 career receptions and 3,759 career yards.
  • Jordan Matthews single-season SEC reception record at 112.
  • Coach James Franklin improved his record at Vanderbilt to 24-15, equaling Dan McGugin’s school-record win total after the first three seasons by a Commodores coach. McGugin went 24-2 from 1904-06.
  • Carey Spear set Vanderbilt’s single-season scoring record with 99 points.
  • Jerron Seymour set the single-season Vanderbilt record for touchdown at 14.
  • Vanderbilt beat Florida, at "the Swamp" for the first time since 1945.
  • Vanderbilt beat Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee in the same season for the first time in school history.
  • The Commodores were 10-2 in November under James Franklin and 8-0 the last two years.

Rivals[edit]

Ole Miss[edit]

Ole Miss is Vanderbilt's cross-divisional rival in the SEC.

Vanderbilt and Ole Miss have played 87 times since 1894.[122] Ole Miss leads the series 48–37–2.[123] The largest margin of victory was by 91 points won by Vanderbilt in 1915. Vanderbilt also holds the longest win streaks in the series (18) from 1894 to 1938.

Georgia[edit]

Having started in 1893, the Georgia-Vanderbilt football series has been played annually since 1968. The two are divisional opponents in the SEC East. The series, which rotates between Nashville, Tennessee and Athens, Georgia, stands with Georgia leading 54–19–2[124]

Kentucky[edit]

Having started in 1896, the Kentucky-Vanderbilt football series has been played annually since 1953.[125] The two are divisional opponents in the SEC East. The series, which rotates between Nashville, Tennessee and Lexington, Kentucky, stands at 41–41–4 with the average score being Vanderbilt 17-Kentucky 15.6.[126]

Tennessee[edit]

Vanderbilt and Tennessee have played 107 times since 1892 , Tennessee leads the series 73–30–5.[127] When the rivalry first started Vanderbilt dominated by taking 19 of the first 24 with 3 ties. After 1928, UT has dominated the rivalry with a record of Vanderbilt 71–11–2. The largest margin of victory for Vanderbilt was by 76 points in 1918 at Old Dudley Field in Nashville. (Vanderbilt 76, Tennessee 0) The largest defeat was 65 points in 1994 at Vanderbilt Stadium (Tennessee 65, Vanderbilt 0). The longest win streaks for Vanderbilt is (9) from 1901 to 1913. The longest win streak for Tennessee is 22, from 1983 to 2004.[128]

Sewanee[edit]

Vanderbilt and the Sewanee Tigers were both founding members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA), the Southern Conference, and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). It is the oldest of Vanderbilt's rivalries;[129] dating back to 1891 when Vanderbilt played its second football game. Vanderbilt leads the series 40–8–4.[130] The largest margin of victory was in 1905 when Vanderbilt won 68–4. Usually played towards the end of the season on Thanksgiving Day, the two teams have not met again since 1944.

Records[edit]

Bowl records[edit]

Vanderbilt has a record of 4–2–1 in bowl games.

Win Loss Tie
Result Date PF Opponent PA Bowl
W December 31, 1955 25 Auburn 13 Gator Bowl
T December 28, 1974 6 Texas Tech 6 Peach Bowl
L December 31, 1982 28 Air Force 36 Hall of Fame Bowl
W December 31, 2008 16 Boston College 14 Music City Bowl
L December 31, 2011 24 Cincinnati 31 Liberty Bowl
W December 31, 2012 38 NC State 24 Music City Bowl
W January 4, 2014 41 Houston 24 BBVA Compass Bowl

National championship selections[edit]

Season Coach Selector Record
1921 Dan McGugin Berryman 7-0-1
1922 Dan McGugin Berryman 8–0-1
National championship selections 2
Berryman is considered a 'major selector' in the NCAA Division I FBS Record Book.

Conference championships[edit]

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1897 SIAA R. G. Acton 6-0-1 3-0-1
1901 SIAA W. H. Watkins 6-1-1 6-0-1
1903 SIAA James H. Henry 6-1-1 5-1-1
1904 SIAA Dan McGugin 9-0 5-0
1905 SIAA Dan McGugin 7-1 6-0
1906 SIAA Dan McGugin 8-1 6–0
1907 SIAA Dan McGugin 5-1-1 4-0
1910 SIAA Dan McGugin 8-0-1 5-0
1911 SIAA Dan McGugin 8-1 6–0
1912 SIAA Dan McGugin 8-1-1 4-0-1
1915 SIAA Dan McGugin 9-1 5-0
1921 SIAA Dan McGugin 7-0-1 4-0-1
1922 Southern Dan McGugin 8–0-1 3-0
1923 Southern Dan McGugin 5-2-1 3-0-1
Conference Championships 14
† Denotes co-champions

Year-by-year results[edit]

Conference Champions Bowl Eligible

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Year Conference Coach Conference Overall Notes
Win Loss Tie Pct. Win Loss Tie Pct.
1890 None Elliott H. Jones 1 0 0 1.000
1891 None Elliott H. Jones 3 1 0 .750
1892 None Elliott H. Jones 4 4 0 .500
1893 None W. J. Keller 6 1 0 .857
1894 SIAA Henry Thornton 2 0 0 1.000 7 1 0 .875
1895 SIAA C. L. Upton 3 1 0 .750 5 3 1 .611
1896 SIAA R. G. Acton 3 0 1 .875 3 2 2 .571
1897 SIAA R.G. Acton 3 0 0 1.000 6 0 1 .929 SIAA Champions
1898 SIAA R. G. Acton 1 2 0 .333 1 5 0 .167
1899 SIAA James L. Crane 4 0 0 1.000 7 2 0 .777
1900 SIAA James L. Crane 2 3 1 .417 4 4 1 .500
1901 SIAA W. H. Watkins 5 0 1 .917 6 1 1 .813 SIAA Champions
1902 SIAA W. H. Watkins 6 1 0 .857 8 1 0 .889
1903 SIAA James H. Henry 5 1 1 .786 6 1 1 .813 SIAA Co-Champions
1904 SIAA Dan McGugin 5 0 0 1.000 9 0 0 1.000 SIAA Champions
1905 SIAA Dan McGugin 6 0 0 1.000 7 1 0 .875 SIAA Champions
1906 SIAA Dan McGugin 6 0 0 1.000 8 1 0 .889 SIAA Champions
1907 SIAA Dan McGugin 4 0 0 1.000 5 1 1 .786 SIAA Champions
1908 SIAA Dan McGugin 3 0 1 .875 7 2 1 .750
1909 SIAA Dan McGugin 4 1 0 .800 7 3 0 .700
1910 SIAA Dan McGugin 5 0 0 1.000 8 0 1 .889 SIAA Champions
1911 SIAA Dan McGugin 5 0 0 1.000 8 1 0 .889 SIAA Champions
1912 SIAA Dan McGugin 4 0 1 .900 8 1 1 .850 SIAA Champions
1913 SIAA Dan McGugin 3 1 0 .750 5 3 0 .625
1914 SIAA Dan McGugin 1 4 0 .200 2 6 0 .250
1915 SIAA Dan McGugin 5 0 0 1.000 9 1 0 .900 SIAA Champions
1916 SIAA Dan McGugin 3 1 1 .700 7 1 1 .833
1917 SIAA Dan McGugin 3 2 0 .600 5 3 0 .625
1918 SIAA Ray Morrison 4 0 0 1.000 4 2 0 .667 Dan McGugin did not coach due to service in World War I.
1919 SIAA Dan McGugin 3 1 2 .667 5 1 2 .750
1920 SIAA Dan McGugin 3 3 0 .500 5 3 1 .611
1921 SIAA Dan McGugin 4 0 1 .900 7 0 1 .938 SIAA Co-Champions
1922 Southern Dan McGugin 3 0 0 1.000 8 0 1 .944 Southern Conference Co-Champions
1923 Southern Dan McGugin 3 0 1 .875 5 2 1 .688 Southern Conference Co-Champions
1924 Southern Dan McGugin 3 3 0 .500 6 3 1 .650
1925 Southern Dan McGugin 3 3 0 .500 6 3 0 .667
1926 Southern Dan McGugin 4 1 0 .800 8 1 0 .889
1927 Southern Dan McGugin 5 0 2 .857 8 1 2 .818
1928 Southern Dan McGugin 4 2 0 .666 8 2 0 .800
1929 Southern Dan McGugin 5 1 0 .833 7 2 0 .778
1930 Southern Dan McGugin 5 2 0 .714 8 2 0 .800
1931 Southern Dan McGugin 3 4 0 .428 5 4 0 .556
1932 Southern Dan McGugin 4 1 2 .625 6 1 2 .778
1933 SEC Dan McGugin 2 2 2 .500 4 3 3 .550
1934 SEC Dan McGugin 4 3 0 .571 6 3 0 .667
1935 SEC Ray Morrison 5 1 0 .833 7 3 0 .700
1936 SEC Ray Morrison 1 3 1 .300 3 5 1 .389
1937 SEC Ray Morrison 4 2 0 .667 7 2 0 .778
1938 SEC Ray Morrison 4 3 0 .571 6 3 0 .667
1939 SEC Ray Morrison 1 6 0 .143 2 7 1 .250
1940 SEC Red Sanders 1 5 1 .214 3 6 1 .350
1941 SEC Red Sanders 3 2 0 .600 8 2 0 .800
1942 SEC Red Sanders 2 4 0 .333 6 4 0 .600
1943 SEC E. H. Alley 0 0 0 .000 5 0 0 1.000 Red Sanders did not coach due to service in World War II.
1944 SEC Doby Bartling 0 0 0 .000 3 0 1 .875 Red Sanders did not coach due to service in World War II.
1945 SEC Doby Bartling 2 4 0 .333 3 6 0 .333 Red Sanders did not coach due to service in World War II.
1946 SEC Red Sanders 3 4 0 .429 5 4 0 .556
1947 SEC Red Sanders 3 3 0 .500 6 4 0 .600
1948 SEC Red Sanders 4 2 1 .643 8 2 1 .773 Finished #12 in final AP poll
1949 SEC Bill Edwards 4 4 0 .500 5 5 0 .500
1950 SEC Bill Edwards 3 4 0 .429 7 4 0 .636
1951 SEC Bill Edwards 3 5 0 .375 6 5 0 .545
1952 SEC Bill Edwards 1 4 1 .250 3 5 2 .400
1953 SEC Art Guepe 1 5 0 .167 3 7 0 .300
1954 SEC Art Guepe 1 5 0 .167 2 7 0 .222
1955 SEC Art Guepe 4 3 0 .571 8 3 0 .727 Defeated Auburn 25–13 in Gator Bowl
1956 SEC Art Guepe 2 5 0 .286 5 5 0 .500
1957 SEC Art Guepe 3 3 1 .583 5 3 2 .600
1958 SEC Art Guepe 2 1 3 .583 5 2 3 .650
1959 SEC Art Guepe 3 2 2 .571 5 3 2 .600
1960 SEC Art Guepe 1 6 0 .143 3 7 0 .300
1961 SEC Art Guepe 1 6 0 .143 2 8 0 .200
1962 SEC Art Guepe 1 6 0 .143 1 9 0 .100
1963 SEC Jack Green 0 5 2 .143 1 7 2 .250
1964 SEC Jack Green 1 4 0 .200 3 6 1 .350
1965 SEC Jack Green 1 5 0 .167 2 7 1 .200
1966 SEC Jack Green 0 6 0 .000 1 9 0 .100
1967 SEC Bill Pace 0 6 0 .000 2 7 1 .250
1968 SEC Bill Pace 2 3 1 .417 5 4 1 .550
1969 SEC Bill Pace 2 3 0 .400 4 6 0 .400
1970 SEC Bill Pace 1 5 0 .167 4 7 0 .364
1971 SEC Bill Pace 1 5 0 .167 4 6 1 .409
1972 SEC Bill Pace 1 5 0 .167 3 8 0 .273
1973 SEC Steve Sloan 1 5 0 .167 5 6 0 .455
1974 SEC Steve Sloan 2 3 1 .417 7 3 2 .667 Tied Texas Tech 6–6 in Peach Bowl
1975 SEC Fred Pancoast 2 4 0 .333 7 4 0 .636
1976 SEC Fred Pancoast 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1977 SEC Fred Pancoast 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1978 SEC Fred Pancoast 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1979 SEC George MacIntyre 0 6 0 .000 1 10 0 .091
1980 SEC George MacIntyre 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1981 SEC George MacIntyre 1 5 0 .167 4 7 0 .364
1982 SEC George MacIntyre 4 2 0 .667 8 4 0 .667 Lost to Air Force 28–36 in Hall of Fame Bowl
1983 SEC George MacIntyre 0 6 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1984 SEC George MacIntyre 2 4 0 .333 5 6 0 .455
1985 SEC George MacIntyre 1 4 1 .250 3 7 1 .318
1986 SEC Watson Brown 0 6 0 .000 1 10 0 .091
1987 SEC Watson Brown 1 5 0 .167 4 7 0 .364
1988 SEC Watson Brown 2 5 0 .286 3 8 0 .273
1989 SEC Watson Brown 0 7 0 .000 1 10 0 .091
1990 SEC Watson Brown 1 6 0 .143 1 10 0 .091
1991 SEC Gerry DiNardo 3 4 0 .429 5 6 0 .455
1992 SEC Gerry DiNardo 2 6 0 .250 4 7 0 .364
1993 SEC Gerry DiNardo 2 6 0 .250 5 6 0 .455
1994 SEC Gerry DiNardo 2 6 0 .250 5 6 0 .455
1995 SEC Rod Dowhower 1 7 0 .125 2 9 0 .182
1996 SEC Rod Dowhower 0 8 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
1997 SEC Woody Widenhofer 0 8 0 .000 3 8 0 .273
1998 SEC Woody Widenhofer 1 7 0 .125 2 9 0 .182
1999 SEC Woody Widenhofer 2 6 0 .250 5 6 0 .455
2000 SEC Woody Widenhofer 1 7 0 .125 3 8 0 .272
2001 SEC Woody Widenhofer 0 8 0 .000 2 9 0 .182
2002 SEC Bobby Johnson 0 8 0 .000 2 10 0 .167
2003 SEC Bobby Johnson 1 7 0 .125 2 10 0 .167
2004 SEC Bobby Johnson 1 7 0 .125 2 9 0 .182
2005 SEC Bobby Johnson 3 5 0 .375 5 6 0 .455
2006 SEC Bobby Johnson 1 7 0 .125 4 8 0 .333
2007 SEC Bobby Johnson 2 6 0 .250 5 7 0 .417
2008 SEC Bobby Johnson 4 4 0 .500 7 6 0 .539 Defeated Boston College 16–14 in Music City Bowl
2009 SEC Bobby Johnson 0 8 0 .000 2 10 0 .167
2010 SEC Robbie Caldwell 1 7 0 .125 2 10 0 .166
2011 SEC James Franklin 2 6 0 .250 6 7 0 .462 Lost to Cincinnati 24–31 in Liberty Bowl
2012 SEC James Franklin 5 3 0 .625 9 4 0 .692 Defeated NC State 38–24 in Music City Bowl #20 C/# 23 AP
2013 SEC James Franklin 4 4 0 .500 9 4 0 .692 Defeated Houston 41–24 BBVA Compass Bowl #23 C/# 24 AP
2014 SEC Derek Mason 0 1 0 .000 1 2 0 .333
1890 2012 Totals 280 426 32 .398 583 584 50 .500 14 Conference Championships
1932 2013 SEC 133 388 17 .261 325 507 27 .388 6 Bowl Appearances
1922 1931 Southern 42 17 5 .695 75 21 7 .762 2 Southern Conference Championships
1894 1921 SIAA 107 26 10 .783 183 56 16 .749 12 SIAA Championships

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Recruiting[edit]

Vanderbilt Commodores Football Scout.com team recruiting rankings:

Class

Scout.com

Rank

Commits

Top Commit

2014

50 22 Nifae Lealao

2013

19 26 Zach Cunningham

2012

45 22 Brian Kimbrow

2011

50 21 Dillon van der Wal

2010

54 25 Blake Gowder

2009

72 18 Walker May

2008

74 21 Tristan Strong

2007

87 14 Ryan van Rensburg

2006

61 26 Jonathan Massey

2005

76 25 Mackenzi Adams

2004

62 20 Brad Allen

2003

61 22 Jonathan Loyte

2002

59 20 Grant Brigham

Commodores currently in the NFL[edit]

Player Years at VU NFL Team
Casey Hayward 2008–2012 Green Bay Packers
Reshard Langford 2004–2008 Kansas City Chiefs
D.J. Moore 2006–2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Earl Bennett 2005–2007 Cleveland Browns
Curtis Gatewood 2004–2007 Arizona Cardinals
Jonathan Goff 2004–2007 New York Giants
Chris Williams 2004–2007 St. Louis Rams
Jay Cutler 2002–2005 Chicago Bears
Jovan Haye 2002–2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jamie Winborn 1999–2001 Tennessee Titans
Myron Lewis 2005–2009 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Thomas Welch 2005–2009 St. Louis Rams
Tim Fugger 2007–2011 New York Jets
Ryan Seymour 2008–2012 San Francisco 49ers
Zac Stacy 2009–2012 St. Louis Rams
Wesley Johnson 2009–2013 Pittsburgh Steelers
Jordan Matthews 2009–2013 Philadelphia Eagles

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College Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Vanderbilt Commodore football personnel have been inducted into the National Football Foundation's National College Football Hall of Fame.[134]

Players[edit]

Name Position Years at VU
John J. Tigert Halfback 1901–1903
Josh Cody Tackle 1914–1916, 1919
Lynn Bomar End 1921–1924
William Spears Quarterback 1925–1927
Carl Hinkle Center 1935–1937

Coaches[edit]

Name Years at VU
Dan McGugin 1904–1917, 1919–1934
Ray Morrison 1918, 1935–1939
Jess Neely 1920–1922
Red Sanders 1940–1942, 1946–1948
Bill Edwards 1949–1952

Jess Neely never coached at Vanderbilt.

Commodores All-Americans[edit]

Player Year Pos
Casey Hayward 2011 CB
D.J. Moore 2008 DB
Earl Bennett 2006 WR
Jamie Winborn 1999 LB
Jamie Duncan 1997 LB
Bill Marinangel 1996 P
Boo Mitchell 1988 WR
Chris Gaines 1987 LB
Ricky Anderson 1984 P
Leonard Coleman 1983 DB
Chuck Scott 1983 TE
Jim Arnold 1982 P
Allama Matthews 1982 TE
Preston Brown 1979 Back
Barry Burton 1974 TE
Bob Asher 1969 T
Chip Healy 1968 LB
George Diedrich 1958 G
Charley Horton 1955 RB
Bill Wade 1951 QB
Bob Werickle 1951 T
Bucky Curtis 1950 Receiver
Bob Gude 1941 C
Carl Hinkle 1937 C
Pete Gracey 1932 C
John Brown 1929 G
Dick Abernathy 1928 End
Bill Spears 1927 QB
Henry Wakefield 1924 End
Lynn Bomar 1923 End
Josh Cody 1914, 1915, 1919 T
Irby Curry 1916 Back
Lewis Hardage 1912 Back
Ray Morrison 1911 QB
W.E Metzer 1910 G
Owsley Manier 1906 Back

Conference recognition[edit]

Vanderbilt Commodores personnel, including coaches and players, have received recognition from the Southeastern Conference for their performances on the football field.[134]

Most valuable player[edit]

Name Year
Bob Goodridge 1967
Bill Wade 1951
Jack Jenkins 1941
Carl Hinkle 1937
Willie Geny 1935

Offensive player of the year[edit]

Name Year
Jay Cutler 2005

Freshman of the year[edit]

Name Year
Kwane Doster 2002
Warren Norman 2009

Best blocker[edit]

Name Year
Jack Jenkins 1941, 1942

Best wide receiver[edit]

Name Year
Earl Bennett 2005–2007

Coach of the year[edit]

Name Year
Bobby Johnson 2008
George MacIntyre 1982
Art Guepe 1955
Red Sanders 1941
Ray Morrison 1937

Future opponents[edit]

Non-division opponents[edit]

Vanderbilt plays Ole Miss as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the West division among the other six schools. [135]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
at Ole Miss vs Ole Miss at Ole Miss vs Ole Miss at Ole Miss vs Ole Miss at Ole Miss vs Ole Miss at Ole Miss vs Ole Miss at Ole Miss
vs Texas A&M at Auburn vs Alabama at Arkansas vs LSU at Texas A&M vs Mississippi State at Alabama vs Auburn at LSU vs Arkansas

Non-conference opponents[edit]

Note: all the games subject to change.

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
at Middle Tennessee vs Middle Tennessee at Middle Tennessee vs Middle Tennessee vs Northern Illinois vs Houston at Northern Illinois
vs WKU at Georgia Tech vs WKU
at Houston at WKU
vs Austin Peay

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