Scores

Final

Vanderbilt 34

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Miami (OH) 13

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

7:30 PM ET, August 28, 2008

Yager Stadium, Oxford, OH

1 2 3 4 T
VAN 17 10 0 734
M-OH 3 7 3 013

Top Performers

Passing: D. Raudabaugh (M-OH) - 244 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: C. Nickson (VAN) - 20 CAR, 166 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: E. Harris (M-OH) - 4 REC, 52 YDS, 1 TD

Nickson rushes Commodores past RedHawks

Associated Press

OXFORD, Ohio -- Quarterback Chris Nickson rushed for a career-high 166 yards and two touchdowns and passed for another TD to lead Vanderbilt to a 34-13 victory over Miami of Ohio in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.

An interception and a punt return by D.J. Moore lead to 10 Vanderbilt points during a six-minute span of the first quarter as the Commodores pulled away.

The victory was the first for Vanderbilt since Oct. 27, when it beat Miami 24-13. Vanderbilt then needed one more victory to become bowl eligible, but lost the final four games of the regular season.

Miami's only lead Thursday night came on a 37-yard field goal by Nathan Parseghian early in the first quarter.

Vanderbilt when ahead 7-3 when Nickson and Sean Walker hooked up for a 49-yard completion and then a 4-yard touchdown pass.

Moore's interception on the RedHawks' ensuing possession led to a 42-yard field goal by Bryant Hahnfeldt. Moore later returned a punt 91 yards to the Miami 1, and Nickson plunged in from there to put the Commodores on top 17-3.

The RedHawks answered with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Raudabaugh to Eugene Harris. But Vanderbilt countered in just three plays, including a 59-yard run by Nickson and a 14-yard touchdown run by Nickson.

Nickson was 9-of-16 for 91 yards.

Raudabaugh was 19-of-41 for 244 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VAN
M-OH
1st Downs1717
Total Yards360340
Passing91244
Rushing26996
Penalties2-257-45
3rd Down Conversions8-154-15
4th Down Conversions0-11-2
Turnovers23
Possession32:4327:17

Passing Leaders

VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nickson9/16915.710
Miami (OH)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Raudabaugh19/412446.013

Rushing Leaders

VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nickson201668.3259
Hawkins13513.9114
Miami (OH)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Merriweather10595.9020
Rogers23216.0021

Receiving Leaders

VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Walker25326.5149
Reinert11313.0013
Miami (OH)RECYDSAVGTDLG
O'Connell36120.3030
Harris45213.0130

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVANM-OH
FG11:08Nathan Parseghian 37 Yd 03
TD08:01Sean Walker 4 Yd Pass From Chris Nickson (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 73
FG06:23Bryant Hahnfeldt 42 Yd 103
TD00:11Chris Nickson 1 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 173
SECOND QUARTERVANM-OH
TD06:58Eugene Harris 30 Yd Pass From Daniel Raudabaugh (Nathan Parseghian Kick) 1710
TD05:33Chris Nickson 14 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 2410
FG00:14Bryant Hahnfeldt 32 Yd 2710
THIRD QUARTERVANM-OH
FG06:42Nathan Parseghian 29 Yd 2713
FOURTH QUARTERVANM-OH
TD05:40Jared Hawkins 3 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 3413