Scores

Final

Miami (OH) 13

(4-5, 3-1 MAC)

Vanderbilt 24

(5-3, 2-3 SEC)

2:00 PM ET, October 27, 2007

Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
M-OH 3 7 3 013
VAN 7 3 7 724

Top Performers

Passing: D. Raudabaugh (M-OH) - 212 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Jackson-Garrison (VAN) - 14 CAR, 75 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: E. Bennett (VAN) - 8 REC, 85 YDS

Vanderbilt 24, Miami (Ohio) 13

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Vanderbilt's Earl Bennett became the leading receiver in Southeastern Conference history on Saturday, making eight catches to help the Commodores to a 24-13 victory over Miami (Ohio).

The junior has 215 catches, breaking Craig Yeast's mark of 208.

"I think it's pretty remarkable to pass that in two and a half years," Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson said. "He's been extremely consistent, works hard and has been a total team player. I'm happy for Earl. I'm glad to see his name at the top."

Bennett entered the game with 46 receptions this season, the second-highest in the Southeastern Conference. He is attempting to lead the league in catches for the third consecutive season.

"It means a lot," said Bennett, who finished with 85 yards receiving. "I never thought I would be in this position."

The RedHawks (4-5) led 13-10 midway through the third quarter, but the Commodores surrendered just 86 yards of total offense after that. Miami rushed for only 26 yards for the day. Vanderbilt also recorded five sacks.

It was the second straight strong second-half showing by Vandy's defense, ranked No. 19 nationally. Last week, the Commodores blanked South Carolina in the second half en route to a 17-6 win.

At 5-3, Vanderbilt is one win from bowl eligibility. The Commodores have not played in the postseason since 1982.

Vanderbilt took the lead for good at 17-13 with 4:54 remaining in the third quarter when reserve quarterback Chris Nickson capped a 70-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.

Starter Mackenzi Adams left the game because of a chest injury earlier in the quarter and did not return.

With the Vanderbilt defense in control, the Commodores put the game away with 6:46 left when tailback Cassen Jackson-Garrison scored on a 14-yard run, pushing the score to 24-13.

Three straight Vanderbilt turnovers in the second quarter helped allow Miami to grab a 10-7 halftime lead.

First, Adams was intercepted in the RedHawks' end zone by Jordan Gafford. Next Jared Hawkins fumbled at the Commodores' 46-yard line. Then, Vanderbilt's Thomas Welch fumbled a kickoff return at his own 38.

The score went up 10-7 with 6:16 left before halftime when quarterback Daniel Radabaugh connected with Jamal Rogers for a 40-yard touchdown pass on third-and-15.

Vanderbilt tied it on a 27-yard field goal by Bryant Hahnfeldt with 0:16 left in the half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
M-OH
VAN
1st Downs1624
Total Yards238411
Passing212121
Rushing26290
Penalties3-414-38
3rd Down Conversions5-158-12
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers04
Possession27:4732:13

Passing Leaders

Miami (OH)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Raudabaugh18/372125.710
VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Adams9/141087.701

Rushing Leaders

Miami (OH)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Sykes10494.9014
Team1-1-1.000
VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson Garrison14755.4115
Hawkins10616.1014

Receiving Leaders

Miami (OH)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris45413.5023
Rogers14040.0140
VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bennett88510.6040
Walker23015.0016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERM-OHVAN
TD09:24Jeff Jennings 1 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 68 yds, 5:36
07
FG00:25Nathan Parseghian 42 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 60 yds, 4:13
37
SECOND QUARTERM-OHVAN
TD06:16Jamal Rogers 40 Yd Pass From Daniel Raudabaugh (Nathan Parseghian Kick) 107
FG00:16Bryant Hahnfeldt 26 Yd 1010
THIRD QUARTERM-OHVAN
FG10:20Nathan Parseghian 39 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 45 yds, 4:40
1310
TD04:54Chris Nickson 2 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 70 yds, 5:26
1317
FOURTH QUARTERM-OHVAN
TD06:46Cassen Jackson Garrison 15 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 50 yds, 1:19
1324