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Vandy allows 23 yards to Houston in first half of BBVA Compass Bowl, leads 24-0

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Vanderbilt has never won bowl games in consecutive seasons, but they are well on their way to doing just that with a big halftime lead in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Vanderbilt owns a 24-0 lead over Houston and has held the Cougars to just 23 offensive yards.

Jordan Matthews caught a pass on the left side of the field to Patton Roinette and sprinted down field with a blocker ahead of him for a 50-yard touchdown just five minutes in to the game. Later in the half Robinette ran in from eight yards out for his second touchdown of the quarter to give Vanderbilt a 14-0 lead while the Houston offense was forced to punt on eight out of nine offensive possessions in the half. The only time Houston did not punt the football away the drive ended with a lost fumble. In the second quarter Matthews added another 50-yard touchdown reception and has 143 receiving yards on five catches.

Vanderbilt kicker Carey Spear kicked a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter to extend the lead to 17-0. With the kick, Spear became Vanderbilt’s single-season scoring record holder with 93 points. Jack Jenkins had held the record since 1941.

It is hard to say what Houston needs to do in the second half to even make a game of this one. Nothing has worked on either side of the football.

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4 Responses to “Vandy allows 23 yards to Houston in first half of BBVA Compass Bowl, leads 24-0”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Jan 4, 2014 3:57 PM

    This game just got a lot more interesting.

  2. boomgrounder says: Jan 4, 2014 4:01 PM

    Update 24-24 end of 3rd Qtr.

  3. omniscient48 says: Jan 4, 2014 4:01 PM

    Unfortunately for Coach Franklin and Vandy, there are two halves.

  4. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 4, 2014 4:05 PM

    Good coaches make changes at half-time. It is 60 minutes of playing time, not 30. Vandy will have to change some things quickly now to have any chance of winning the game.

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