YPSILANTI, Mich. —- Well it seems that when your offense needs a lift like a miracle cure the doctor should order the Eastern Michigan University football team treatment and will make your team feel better.
Vanderbilt University scored 24 unanswered points in the second quarter and never looked back as the Commodores defeated Eastern Michigan University 52-6 Saturday night in of the home country music – Nashville, Tennessee.
“I have never seen a game get away from you that fast,” Eastern Michigan University football coach Ron English said after the game. “I think at this level, when you do not take advantage of opportunities or put pressure on the other team, particularly when you are not really talented yourself, you are going to struggle, I think that is what happen here.”
The chances English was talking about was the a couple of pass plays that almost developed into big plays and might have turned the momentum in favor of the Eagles, instead the pass found the turf instead.
Opening drive of the night Eagles starting quarterback Alex Gillett’s first play of the game the Eagles tried to complete a long pass play but instead the ball sailed over the receiver and rested harmlessly on the turf instead of hitting a big play the Eagles offense went three plays and then punted the ball away.
Vanderbilt punt returner John Cole took the ball back 54 yards and set up the Commodores first touchdown of the night a one yard plunge by Vanderbilt’s quarterback Larry Smith.
“That was big for us because we have not been able to capitalize in the first quarter all year,” Cole said explaining how his punt return energized Vanderbilt. “So that was big for the offense to get started.”
Smith took full advantage of the 112th ranked defense in the nation. He completed 16 of 27 for 259 yards and two touchdowns, he was not sacked nor did the defense intercept a pass.
“We came out here and executed pretty well,” Smith said. “It was huge for us as far as a big confidence boost.”
The Commodores offense produced 558 yards of offense including 353 passing yards against the Eagles.
“Great team effort. Offensively, it took us a little while,” Vanderbilt University football coach Robbie Caldwell said about his team’s domination of the Eagles. “I am very proud of the team stepping up and we did what we were supposed to do. We put all phases of the game together.”
Late in the first quarter, with the ball resting on the Vanderbilt 36 yard line the Eagles looking at a fourth and two English tried a flea-flicker, tight end Josh Leduc streaking up the seam and getting behind Vanderbilt’s pass coverage but the pass was thrown short and the Commodores took control of the game.
The offense seemed to make some strides in finding some rhythm but English decided that a change at quarterback might have some kind of positive effect taking out Gillett and stepping into the pocket Devontae Payne but instead finding lighting English watch his offense struggle and bog down.
The Eagles offense only scored two field goals by Sean Graham but the offense could only net 203 yards of offense.
“I thought the defensive line played a tremendous game,” Vanderbilt linebacker Nate Campbell said. “Overall, I thought we have a great plan and really carried it out. Everyone on the defense really played fast tonight.”
The Eagles next game they will be back in action in the Mid-American Conference Saturday afternoon with another road trip into the cornfields that surround Muncie, Indiana and Ball State University, kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
“We have to find a way to finish. We have six games left and we have to turn this thing around,” English said. “We played some opponents that were better but I would like to have a better showing than this.”
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.