Embarrassing low crowd turnout watches Vanderbilt struggle with UNLV
Vanderbilt is off to a rough start this season, and struggled in the first half with a 24-10 halftime deficit against UNLV.
Crowds are regularly an issue in Nashville, but typically the problem is the opposing team’s fans usually invade the Commodores’ home stadium. This time, not many showed up at all.
Capacity is about 40,000 to watch the Commodores, but this year they’re off to a 1-4 start, including 0-3 in the SEC. Against an opponent in a similar position, UNLV, which is also 1-4, left many fans to pass on the sporting event for other plans on a fall Saturday in Music City.
The Vanderbilt defense provided little resistance for UNLV, which was 5-for-6 on third down conversions and had 249 yards in the first half, 108 passing and 141 rushing.
Vanderbilt QB Riley Neal was 7-for-14 passing for 87 yards in the first half. QB Deuce Wallace was 1-for-6 for 10 yards.
One bright spot was RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn had 11 carries for 92 yards, in the first half, with a touchdown, an 8.4 yard average.
Here’s a glimpse at the crowd to start the game from Mike Grimala:
The crowd at kickoff for UNLV-Vanderbilt. Using my scientific method of counting the people in one section and then extrapolating that to the entire stadium, I’d put actual attendance around 2,500. pic.twitter.com/dU1jSwoKZ8
— Mike Grimala (@MikeGrimala) October 12, 2019