Scores

Final

E Michigan 7

(2-3, 1-1 MAC)

Vanderbilt 30

(3-1, 1-1 SEC)

7:00 PM ET, September 29, 2007

Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
EMU 0 0 7 07
VAN 10 9 8 330

Top Performers

Passing: C. Nickson (VAN) - 168 YDS, 2 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: C. Jackson-Garrison (VAN) - 23 CAR, 76 YDS

Receiving: E. Bennett (VAN) - 9 REC, 93 YDS, 1 TD

Vanderbilt 30, E. Michigan 7

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Earl Bennett caught nine passes for 93 yards and a touchdown to lead Vanderbilt's 30-7 rout of Eastern Michigan on Saturday night, giving the Commodores their first consecutive wins in a year.

Vanderbilt (3-1) forced a season-high five turnovers and need three victories in their final eight games to qualify for their first bowl appearance since 1982. The Eagles (2-3, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) managed just 173 total offensive yards, and lost to an SEC school for the third-straight time since 2001 to snap their two-game winning streak.

Bennett electrified an unusually rowdy crowd of 37,220 with a 47-yard touchdown reception from Chris Nickson to give the Commodores an early 10-0 lead. The two-time All-SEC receiver closed within 10 catches of breaking the SEC career record for receptions, held by Kentucky's Craig Yeast with 208.

Andy Schmitt was 13-for-24 with 111 yards passing for Eastern Michigan, which didn't cross midfield until halfway through the third quarter. Schmitt threw four interceptions, including one that D.J. Moore returned 24 yards for a touchdown to blow the game open 27-7.

Travis Lewis caught a 14-yard touchdown pass and Ken Bohnet added another 39 yards receiving for the Eagles, who abandoned the running game after just 8 yards on the ground in the first half.

Vanderbilt's offense was sloppy throughout, committing five turnovers and fumbling four other times. Nickson was 14-for-28 with 168 yards passing and threw all five interceptions for the Commodores, who also failed to convert on several third-and-short situations.

The consecutive victories were the first for Vanderbilt since last September when they defeated Tennessee State and Temple. The Commodores have enjoyed consecutive victories on just four occasions in the last eight years.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EMU
VAN
1st Downs1023
Total Yards173341
Passing111168
Rushing62173
Penalties9-859-87
3rd Down Conversions5-165-15
4th Down Conversions1-22-2
Turnovers64
Possession27:0932:51

Passing Leaders

Eastern MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Schmitt13/241114.614
VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nickson14/281686.024

Rushing Leaders

Eastern MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Walker13342.6012
Jones294.505
VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson-Garrison23763.3014
Nickson12675.6015

Receiving Leaders

Eastern MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bohnet4399.8020
Lewis2199.5114
VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bennett99310.3147
Walker46015.0120

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREMUVAN
FG05:43Bryant Hahnfeldt 22 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 39 yds, 4:54
03
TD03:03Earl Bennett 47 Yd Pass From Chris Nickson (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 61 yds, 1:27
010
SECOND QUARTEREMUVAN
FG00:00Bryant Hahnfeldt 45 Yd 013
THIRD QUARTEREMUVAN
TD11:40Sean Walker 17 Yd Pass From Chris Nickson (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 020
TD05:49Travis Lewis 14 Yd Pass From Andy Schmitt (Zach Johnson Kick) 720
TD03:11D.J. Moore 24 Yd Interception Return (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 727
FOURTH QUARTEREMUVAN
FG02:06Bryant Hahnfeldt 27 Yd 730