4. Vanderbilt was … fun?
When Vanderbilt has been decent over the years, it’s been with a nasty defense and a good-enough offense that’s able to get by.
Not this team.
Vandy go to a bowl game with offensive explosion and the the talent to keep up the pace in games like this. On the flip side of the norm, it would’ve been nice if the defense could’ve shown up just a wee bit, but if you’re a Commodore fan, you like this trend.
Kyle Shurmur might be done, but he showed off the passing game all season long – rolling for 286 yards against the Bears.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn ran wild in the open field, averaging close to 19 yards per run with 243 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries. As a team, the Commodores busted out 287 rushing yards … and lost.
The defensive mindset has to eventually return under head coach Derek Mason – and it will – but if Vanderbilt can be sold as the fun program with the potential to put up numbers like this on a semi-regular basis, then this loss might just be a step forward.