Scores

Final

W Carolina 0

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Vanderbilt 45

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:30 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
WCU 0 0 0 00
VAN 14 7 7 1745

Top Performers

Passing: L. Smith (VAN) - 153 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: W. Norman (VAN) - 18 CAR, 105 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Green (VAN) - 1 REC, 46 YDS, 1 TD

Freshmen set Vanderbilt rushing records in rout

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Warren Norman ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns to lead Vanderbilt to a 45-0 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday night.

Norman, a freshman tailback, scored on runs of 2 and 9 yards. Fellow freshman Zac Stacy rushed for 133 yards on 20 attempts. Norman and Stacy are the first freshmen in Vanderbilt history to run for more than 100 yards in the same game.

It was the first time any two Commodore runners gained more than 100 yards in the same game since September 21, 2002, when Kwane Doster and Norval McKenzie did it in a loss to Mississippi.

Larry Smith completed 10 of 18 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown before leaving the game with 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter with dehydration and cramps. After starting Vanderbilt's Music City Bowl victory over Boston College last December, Smith was named this season's starter by Commodores coach Bobby Johnson earlier in the week.

One of Johnson's reasons for selecting Smith, a redshirt sophomore, over Mackenzi Adams and Jared Funk was Smith's strong arm and ability to throw the ball downfield. Adams came into the game following Smith's injury, and Funk played the final two series.

Smith found Justin Green on a 46-yeard touchdown pass to open the scoring. Green tipped the ball to himself at the goal line before corralling it in the end zone.

The touchdown catch was Green's first. He had four receptions as a redshirt freshman in 2007, but failed to record a catch in limited action as a sophomore last season.

Vanderbilt was the 117th-ranked offense in 2008, averaging just 256.2 yards per game, but the Commodores surpassed 300 yards before halftime against Western Carolina.

Vanderbilt carried a 21-0 lead into halftime after touchdown runs by Norman and Stacy. Norman's 7-yard touchdown run capped a five-play, 57-yard drive that took just 1:30. On the first play of the second quarter, Stacy's 9-yard touchdown concluded an 80-yard drive that spanned 2:26.

Catamounts quarterback Zack Jaynes was 13-for-26 for 74 yards and one interception. Michael Johnson was the leading rusher with 46 yards on 13 carries.

Western Carolina has lost 20 of its past 21 road games. The Catamounts had won four of their previous five season openers prior to Saturday.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WCU
VAN
1st Downs433
Total Yards115620
Passing74187
Rushing41433
Penalties2-153-24
3rd Down Conversions0-137-17
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers41
Possession25:1634:44

Passing Leaders

Western CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jaynes13/26742.801
VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith10/181538.510

Rushing Leaders

Western CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson13463.5019
Wilson155.005
VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stacy201336.7113
Norman181055.8216

Receiving Leaders

Western CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pittman22010.0014
Johnson3155.006
VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Green14646.0146
Barden33812.7018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWCUVAN
TD07:19Justin Green 46 Yd Pass From Larry Smith (Ryan Fowler Kick) 07
TD04:04Warren Norman 7 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERWCUVAN
TD14:54Zac Stacy 9 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 021
THIRD QUARTERWCUVAN
TD07:40Warren Norman 2 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 028
FOURTH QUARTERWCUVAN
TD06:45Kennard Reeves 7 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 035
TD04:37Ryan van Rensburg 2 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 042
FG00:54Ryan Fowler 25 Yd 045