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Sep 20, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores receiver C.J. Duncan (19) scores on an eight yard touchdown reception during the first half against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

14. Vanderbilt Commodores (1-3, 0-2 SEC)

Last Week’s Result: Lost to South Carolina 48-34

Well, it was fun while it lasted. After finding a way to beat UMass a week ago, the Commodores gave South Carolina all they could handle Saturday night in Nashville.

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  • Darrius Sims was the star of the game for Vanderbilt. The sophomore defensive back returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and added a second TD return later in the contest. Running back Ralph Webb did his part as well by adding 97 rushing yards. The pesky Commodores played with much more gusto than they have showed thus far this season, and they were still very much in the game late in the fourth quarter.

    Had starting quarterback Patton Robinette not gone down with an injury, Vandy might have been able to pull out the victory. The sophomore signal caller was 4-for-5 passing for 55 yards and a touchdown, but was forced to leave the game in the second quarter.

    “We’ll take a look at the tape and fix what needs to be fixed,” Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason said after the game. “Our kids got better tonight … When we get it right, we look pretty good.”

    They got better, but the ‘Dores are still last in our SEC Power Rankings. However, with a win in Lexington next Saturday, the Commodores would assuredly climb out of the cellar.


    Next Week: at Kentucky