Scores

Final

Tenn St 9

(2-2, 1-0 OVC)

Vanderbilt 38

(1-3, 0-2 SEC)

7:00 PM ET, September 23, 2006

Vanderbilt Stadium, NASHVILLE, TN

1 2 3 4 T
TNST 0 3 0 69
VAN 7 3 11 1738

Top Performers

Passing: C. Nickson (VAN) - 108 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Hawkins (VAN) - 9 CAR, 54 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: E. Bennett (VAN) - 4 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Vanderbilt 38, Tennessee State 9

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Vanderbilt forced three turnovers and turned them into touchdowns in a span of 2:15 in the second half, sparking a 38-9 victory over Division I-AA Tennessee State on Saturday night.

The Commodores (1-3) led 10-3 late in the third quarter, but downed Brett Upson's 32-yard punt at the Tennessee State 1.

Two plays later, Vanderbilt's Jonathan Goff applied pressure to quarterback Antonio Hefner, who threw the ball into the back of one of his linemen. Vandy's Marcus Buggs picked off the deflection just before stepping out of the back of the end zone for a touchdown.

On the following kickoff, Funtaine Hunter forced a fumble that Vandy's Jared Hawkins recovered at the TSU 7. Two plays later, Commodore quarterback Chris Nickson scored on a 5-yard run for a 24-3.

On the Tigers' next play from scrimmage, Vanderbilt safety Reshard Langford picked off a pass from Hefner and returned it 21 yards to the Tennessee State 33. Nickson hit Earl Bennett with a 33-yard TD pass on the next play.

A solid defensive effort helped the Commodores to a 10-3 halftime lead. The Tigers (2-2) didn't record a first down until midway through the second quarter.

The Commodore offense failed to take advantage of two scoring opportunities on their first two possessions.

After driving to the TSU 2, Bryant Hahnfeldt missed a 19-yard field goal, and only minutes later, Tennessee State's Shaun Richardson dropped Cassen Jackson-Garrison before the goal line on a fourth-and-goal play from the 1.

Vanderbilt did score on its next possession when Nickson hit Marlon White with a 5-yard touchdown pass with 1:11 remaining in the first quarter. Hahnfeldt added a 26-yard field goal on the next Commodore drive for a 10-0 lead.

TSU added a 25-yard Eric Benson field goal with 2:08 remaining in the half. The drive was set up when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted Nickson at the Vanderbilt 39 and returned it to the 12.

The Tigers scored their lone touchdown when Hefner hit Chris Johnson with a 15-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

The meeting was the first between the two universities, located only a few miles apart.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TNST
VAN
1st Downs1417
Total Yards252308
Passing181129
Rushing71179
Penalties7-581-5
3rd Down Conversions4-104-10
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers42
Possession31:2128:39

Passing Leaders

Tennessee StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Young1/12222.000-
Heffner10/211597.612-
VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Adams3/4215.300-
Nickson9/131088.321-

Rushing Leaders

Tennessee StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams12282.309
Wright4256.3013
VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson-...14715.1015
Hawkins9546.0114

Receiving Leaders

Tennessee StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Belvin46616.5031
Morrow22412.0017
VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bennett48120.3133
Bright2136.507

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTNSTVAN
TD1:11MARLON WHITE 5 YD PASS FROM CHRIS NICKSON (BRYANT HAHNFELDT KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 38 yards.
07
SECOND QUARTERTNSTVAN
FG11:24BRYANT HAHNFELDT 26 YD FG
Drive info: 6 plays, 20 yards.
010
FG2:08ERIC BENSON 25 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, 3 yards.
310
THIRD QUARTERTNSTVAN
TD1:35MARCUS BUGGS 0 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (BRYANT HAHNFELDT KICK)317
TD0:25CHRIS NICKSON 6 YD RUN (BRYANT HAHNFELDT KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 7 yards.
324
FOURTH QUARTERTNSTVAN
TD14:20EARL BENNETT 33 YD PASS FROM CHRIS NICKSON (BRYANT HAHNFELDT KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 33 yards.
331
TD9:49CHRIS JOHNSON 15 YD PASS FROM ANTONIO HEFFNER (FAILED 2PT PASS)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
931
TD4:08JARED HAWKINS 6 YD RUN (BRYANT HAHNFELDT KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 66 yards.
938