Inside the Numbers: Vanderbilt looks to improve against Georgia
The Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Athens, Ga., to face the No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs. on Saturday. The Commodores are looking to bounce back from a 1-4 start with an upset on the road. Here’s a look inside the numbers.
422: Ralph Webb leads Vanderbilt with 422 rushing yards and a touchdown on 77 attempts. Webb has been the feature back in Vanderbilt’s offense this season and has been one of the few consistent bright spots on a struggling offense. However, he saw limited carries facing an early deficit against Kentucky last week, which should be a similar case against heavily favored Georgia.
419: Darrius Sims’ all-purpose yards total is second only to Webb’s 438. Sims has single-handedly kept Vanderbilt in striking distance during his last two games with returns for touchdowns. His three touchdowns are the most by any individual player on the Commodores’ roster.
-6: Vanderbilt’s turnover margin. The Commodores have turned the ball over 14 times this season and have forced eight. Oddly enough, most of Vandy’s first few scores were off turnovers, including a fumble return by Oren Burks to give the Commodores their only score of a 37-7 opening game blowout to Temple. Vanderbilt must cut down on offensive lapses in order to turn around its season.
139: Vanderbilt’s total offense against Kentucky last Saturday. The Commodores struggled to see any offensive production in their 17-7 loss with Wade Freebeck throwing for just 85 yards on 8-of-25 passing. Vanderbilt will have a tall task matching points with one of the nation’s best run offenses on Saturday.