NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Cassen Jackson-Garrison and Jared
Hawkins each ran for two touchdowns to help Vanderbilt rout Temple
43-14 on Saturday night.
The Vanderbilt defense forced three turnovers and held the Owls
(0-5) to 270 yards.
Vanderbilt was on the verge of a 24-0 halftime lead after Brett
Upson's punt pinned the Owls at their own 22 with 23 seconds left.
But Temple's Adam DiMichele handed off to Tim Brown, who spun
through a host of Commodores defenders and dashed untouched down
the right sideline for a 78-yard scoring run as time expired. It
was the third-longest rushing play in Temple history.
Jackson-Garrison had first-half scoring runs of 43 and 16 yards,
and Chris Nickson threw a 30-yard touchdown to Bright. Vanderbilt's
Bryant Hahnfelt also added a 51-yard field goal in the first
Temple tried to capitalize on the momentum of their second
quarter touchdown with an onside kick by Danny Murphy to open the
But Vanderbilt's Broderick Stewart recovered the ball at the
Commodore 48, starting a 5-play scoring drive capped by Jared
Hawkins' 13-yard touchdown run.
The Owls responded with a 15-play, 80-yard drive to cut the
Vanderbilt lead when DiMichele hit Marcus Brown with a 10-yard
touchdown pass. It was DiMichele's first career touchdown pass, and
Brown's first career touchdown reception.
But Vanderbilt answered with two quick scores in the game's next
Nickson hit Bright for a 38-yard touchdown pass, and after
Temple fumbled on its own 16, Hawkins added an 8-yard scoring run
two plays later. Hahnfelt missed both extra points.
Steve Spurrier, the visor-slinging, slick-talking "Head Ball Coach" who is the second-winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history, announced his resignation on Tuesday.
USC athletic director Pat Haden spoke Tuesday about the decision to fire head coach Steve Sarkisian, calling it "very difficult," while also defending his handling of the situation.
Steve Sarkisian has been plagued of late by apparent substance-related circumstances, including arriving to team facilities appearing intoxicated Sunday, according to sources.
Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier has been suspended for the year after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance found in a supplement, coach Jim McElwain announced Monday.
Tennessee defensive tackle Shy Tuttle will miss the rest of the season with a broken fibula and torn ankle ligament.
Former NFL safety Tyler Sash died from an accidental overdose after mixing two powerful pain medications, and a history of injuries was a contributing factor, a medical examiner said.