2010 Vanderbilt Commodores Football Team
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2010 Vanderbilt Commodores Football Team
2010 Vanderbilt Commodores football
Vanderbilt Commodores logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2010 record2–10 (1–7 SEC)
Head coachRobbie Caldwell (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorJimmy Kiser (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorJamie Bryant (2nd season)
Captain
Home stadiumVanderbilt Stadium
(Capacity: 39,773)
Seasons
← 2009
2011 →
2010 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 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
No. 1 Auburn x$#   8 0         14 0  
No. 12 Arkansas %   6 2         10 3  
No. 8 LSU   6 2         11 2  
No. 10 Alabama   5 3         10 3  
  4 4         9 4  
Ole Miss   1 7         4 8  
Championship: Auburn 56, South Carolina 17
    1. – 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

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 46:30 p.m.Northwestern*CSSL 21-2337,210
September 116:00 p.m.No. 19 LSU
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
ESPNUL 3-2736,940
September 1811:21 a.m.at Ole MissSECNW 28-1451,667
October 211:00 a.m.at Connecticut*Big East NetworkL 21-4040,000
October 96:00 p.m.Eastern Michigan*
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
ESPNUW 52-633,107
October 1611:21 a.m.at GeorgiaSECNL 0-4392,746
October 236:00 p.m.No. 19 South Carolinadagger
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
SECRNL 7-2133,425
October 306:00 p.m.at No. 19 ArkansasSECRNL 14-4970,430
November 611:21 a.m.Florida
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
SECNL 14-5533,848
November 1311:21 a.m.at KentuckySECNL 20-3860,391
November 206:30 p.m.Tennessee
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN (rivalry)
CSSL 10-2437,017
November 276:30 p.m.Wake Forest*
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
SECNL 13-3421,338
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summaries

Northwestern

1 234Total
Northwestern 10 076 23
Vanderbilt 0 966 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 quarterback 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

1 234Total
#19 LSU 0 10017 27
Vanderbilt 0 030 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

1 234Total
Vanderbilt 0 1477 28
Ole Miss 0 770 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

1 234Total
Vanderbilt 0 2100 21
Connecticut 7 14109 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

1 234Total
Eastern Michigan 3 030 6
Vanderbilt 7 24147 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

1 234Total
Vanderbilt 0 000 0
Georgia 12 10210 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

1 234Total
#19 South Carolina 0 777 21
Vanderbilt 0 700 7
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 33,425
  • Television network: SECRN

Arkansas

1 234Total
Vanderbilt 14 000 14
#19 Arkansas 6 26314 49

Florida

1 234Total
Florida 7 34140 55
Vanderbilt 0 077 14
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 11:21 a.m.
  • Game attendance: 33,848
  • Television network: SECN

Kentucky

1 234Total
Vanderbilt 3 1007 20
Kentucky 3 71414 38

Tennessee

1 234Total
Tennessee 7 7010 24
Vanderbilt 0 307 10
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Television network: CSS

Wake Forest

1 234Total
Wake Forest 10 1437 34
Vanderbilt 3 307 13
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Television network: SECN

See also

References

  1. ^ Low, Chris (July 14, 2010). "Vanderbilt coach Johnson retires". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats record against Vanderbilt Commodores". Archived from the original on 2014-12-27. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Mississippi Rebels Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on September 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010.

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