MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur passed for 296 and three touchdowns Saturday night to give Commodores’ head coach Derek Mason his first season-opening win in a 28-6 victory over the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
Shurmur was nearly flawless early completing 13 of his first 14 passes including two touchdown strikes to Kalija Lipscomb as the Commodores built a 21-0 lead. The Blue Raiders’ defense would tighten up after that holding the ‘Dores to just a single touchdown the rest of the way, but the lead would prove to be insurmountable for a Middle Tennessee offense that was mostly stuck in neutral.
The Blue Raiders avoided the shutout early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Brent Stockstill found Richie James for a 22-yard touchdown. James was one of the lone bright spots for the Blue Raiders hauling in 10 catches for 112 yards to go along with the touchdown. James, who is just a junior, now has 15 100-yard receiving games, a new school record.
Vanderbilt will return to the field at home in Nashville Saturday against Alabama A&M. Middle, meanwhile, will make a road trip to Syracuse with former Orange head coach Scott Shafer now serving in the role as defensive coordinator for the Blue Raiders.
- The Road Report: College Football America Week 12 - November 17, 2017
- Sooners squash Frogs’ playoff hopes in 38-20 win - November 16, 2017
- Longhorns closing in on bowl eligibility with win over Kansas - November 16, 2017
- Cumberland crushes Kentucky Christian 62-23 - November 15, 2017
- Whitwell boots Gordonsville from TSSAA playoffs - November 15, 2017
- CFP Selection Committee releases third set of Top 25 rankings - November 14, 2017
- FWAA-NFF Super 16 reshaped by Georgia, Notre Dame losses - November 12, 2017
- North Dakota’s 2017 state champions are crowned - November 11, 2017
- High School Headlines: More state champs to be crowned this weekend - November 10, 2017
- The Road Report: College Football America Week 11 - November 9, 2017