Scores

Final

E Michigan 6

(0-6, 0-3 MAC)

Vanderbilt 52

(2-3, 1-1 SEC)

Coverage: ESPNU

7:00 PM ET, October 9, 2010

Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
EMU 3 0 3 06
VAN 7 24 14 752

Top Performers

Passing: L. Smith (VAN) - 253 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: W. Norman (VAN) - 14 CAR, 75 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Cole (VAN) - 4 REC, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Vanderbilt QB Larry Smith throws for two TDs, runs for another in rout

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Quarterback Larry Smith threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another as Vanderbilt rolled to a 52-6 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday night.

The Commodores (2-3) scored 24 points in the second quarter, including 17 in the last seven minutes of the half, as they snapped a nine-game losing streak at home.

Smith completed his last eight passes of the half, starting with a 65-yard catch-and-run touchdown to Udom Umoh with 4:21 to go. It was the longest play of both players' careers.

Smith hooked up with Mason Johnston -- his first career catch -- for a 1-yard touchdown and a 31-3 lead with 22 seconds left in the half.

Eastern Michigan (0-6) has lost 18 straight, the second-longest streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision -- with its last win coming on Nov. 28, 2008, against Central Michigan.

Vanderbilt and Eastern Michigan entered the contest with a combined 3-30 record since the start of the 2009 season.

The Eagles played like a team with nothing to lose early. They threw downfield on the first play of the game and later ran a flea-flicker on a fourth-and-2 at the Vanderbilt 36 on the first play of the second quarter. Both times, however, quarterback Alex Gillett overthrew open receivers.

Devontae Payne replaced Gillett for the remainder of the half but didn't do much better, going 1-for-5 for 5 yards. Gillett came back in the second half and the Eagles finished with just 209 yards of offense.

The Eastern Michigan defense didn't perform much better. The Eagles allowed 558 yards, including 353 passing yards. Before Saturday the Eagles ranked 112th in the nation in total defense, allowing 459.8 yards per game.

Though the game was in hand by halftime, the Commodores didn't let up. They took a 38-6 lead on a career-long 67-yard touchdown run by Zac Stacy midway through the third quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, Vanderbilt recovered an onside kick and marched down the field for another score.

Smith didn't play after the third quarter. His replacement, Jared Funk, threw his first career completion -- a 57-yard touchdown pass to John Cole.

Cole's 54-yard punt return set up Vanderbilt's first score. Smith kept it on the next play for a 1-yard rushing touchdown with 13:47 left in the first quarter. Warren Norman's 19-yard touchdown run gave Vanderbilt a 14-3 lead with 10:13 left in the first quarter.

Eastern Michigan fumbled on its next offensive play at its own 38. The Commodores settled for a field goal as Smith twice overthrew open receivers in the end zone.

Smith adjusted after that, though, not throwing another incompletion before halftime. On Vanderbilt's final drive of the first half, he accounted for all 74 yards. He completed seven passes for 65 yards and rushed once for 9 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EMU
VAN
1st Downs1024
Total Yards209558
Passing104353
Rushing105205
Penalties2-206-39
3rd Down Conversions3-155-11
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers22
Possession33:0027:00

Passing Leaders

Eastern MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Gillett10/20995.001
VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith16/272539.420

Rushing Leaders

Eastern MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Welch18553.1017
Greene12453.8016
VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stacy59018.0167
Norman14755.4219

Receiving Leaders

Eastern MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Burke44511.3018
Hoskins24120.5024
VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cole410325.8157
Umoh26934.5165

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREMUVAN
TD13:47Larry Smith 1 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 07
FG05:51Sean Graham 22 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTEREMUVAN
TD10:13Warren Norman 19 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 314
FG06:59Ryan Fowler 22 Yd 317
TD04:21Udom Umoh 65 Yd Pass From Larry Smith (Ryan Fowler Kick) 324
TD00:22Mason Johnston 1 Yd Pass From Larry Smith (Ryan Fowler Kick) 331
THIRD QUARTEREMUVAN
FG08:50Sean Graham 42 Yd 631
TD08:00Zac Stacy 67 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 638
TD03:32Warren Norman 11 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 645
FOURTH QUARTEREMUVAN
TD13:12John Cole 57 Yd Pass From Jared Funk (Ryan Fowler Kick) 652