Saturday, September 3, 2011
Vanderbilt beats Elon in Franklin's debut
By Chris Low
James Franklin will surely point to all sorts of things his team can do better in what was his head coaching debut Saturday night.
A lot went right, too, starting with the way the Commodores finished the game.
After Elon pulled within 21-14 early in the third quarter, Vanderbilt scored the game's final 24 points to roll to a 42-14 victory.
While the Commodores were outgained in total offense (323 yards to 309 yards), they forced three turnovers and didn't have any turnovers of their own. They went for it three times on fourth down and converted all three and scored a defensive touchdown on Trey Wilson's 21-yard interception return.
It was also a good sign for the Commodores to see some new faces making big plays. Sophomore receiver Chris Boyd had a pair of touchdown catches, and Wesley Tate also scored on a 23-yard touchdown run.
They have to continue to develop playmakers on the offensive side of the ball if they're going to be any kind of factor in the East this season.