Initially down 7-3 to an Austin Peay team that has only won one game in the last three years, Vanderbilt needed a spark to get them started.
Wide receiver Trent Sherfield and quarterback Johnny McCrary provided exactly that. Sherfield erupted for 240 yards, breaking Earl Bennett’s school record of 223 yards set back in 2007. Coming into Saturday, Sherfield had just 6 catches for 116 yards in his career. “This could get them going this year. No team needs to underestimate Vanderbilt,” said Junior Noah Schurman.
McCrary, not to be outdone, had a record night of his own. The quarterback finished 28 of 33 (84.8 percent) passing, breaking the previous record of 81 percent set in 1961. This percentage is also good for fourth in the SEC all time. “Record breaking game for a team that isn’t thought of as good very often. Great effort,” said Senior Clay Frazier following the win.
After giving up a touchdown and going down 7-3 in the 1st quarter, Vandy went on a 44-0 run to finish out the game to win 47-7. “They have been the laughing stock of the SEC, and it’s good to see them win big for once,” said junior Brody Dean.
With this great effort from the Commodores, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them notch out a couple more wins this year. Just in time for the SEC schedule to get going.