Scores

Final

Richmond 13

(1-3, 1-2 away)

Vanderbilt 37

(4-0, 2-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 24, 2005

Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
RICH 3 3 7 013
VAN 0 17 14 637

Top Performers

Passing: J. Cutler (VAN) - 263 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: C. Jackson-Garrison (VAN) - 11 CAR, 119 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Shields (RICH) - 8 REC, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Vanderbilt 37, Richmond 13

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jay Cutler threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns as Vanderbilt improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1984 with a 37-13 victory over Division I-AA Richmond on Saturday night.

Cutler, 28-of-40 with no interceptions, set the school's total yardage record with 6,769 and also broke the touchdown record with 44 in front 38,446, the largest crowd at Vanderbilt Stadium in four years.

Cassen Jackson-Garrison rushed for 119 yards on 11 carries, including a 61-yard touchdown run. Freshman receiver Earl Bennett had 11 catches for 124 yards.

Quarterback Stacy Tutt led the way for Richmond (1-3) with 277 total yards as the Spiders gained a season-high 337 yards.

Vanderbilt (2-0 Southeastern Conference) put together three TD drives of 80 yards or more and scored on five consecutive possessions after opening the game with a punt.

Vanderbilt, which had more than 400 yards in every game this season, gained 513 yards against the Spiders.

Jeff Jennings scored two touchdowns, one receiving and one rushing, giving him seven on the season.

The Commodores broke open a relatively close game with two touchdowns to start the third quarter. Cutler hit Jennings with a 5-yard TD pass to cap an 80-yard drive and Jackson-Garrison scored on a 61-yard run six plays later as Vanderbilt built a 31-6 lead.

Vanderbilt led 17-6 at halftime on a 5-yard touchdown run by Jennings, a 5-yard reception by Erik Davis and a 43-yard field goal by Bryant Hanhfeldt.

Vanderbilt has beaten a Division I-AA school in each of coach Bobby Johnson's four seasons at the school by an average score of 39-11.

Vanderbilt is two wins from becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 1982.

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