October 28, 2013
Monday morning thoughts
Vanderbilt fell 56-24 to Texas A&M on Saturday. After re-watching much of the game again, VandySports.com's Chris Lee has some Monday morning thoughts about the game and the state of VU football.
Slow starts Appropriately, it's Halloween this week, because Vanderbilt once again provided us with a first 20 minutes or so that resembled a horror film with the same villain who always manages to hang around no matter what you do to him. A&M led 28-0 before Vanderbilt had the ball for its fourth possession, and three of those touchdowns came in the first quarter. If you're keeping track, the Commodores have now been out-scored by an astonishing 82-7 margin in the first quarter of their four Southeastern Conference games.
Everybody knows the Aggies can score on anyone, so A&M's fast offensive start was no shock. Part of the problem was that the offense couldn't stay on the field or generate points during those four early A&M TDs. My initial impression was that the slow start was mostly the start of quarterback Patton Robinette and the offensive line, but when you're watching a hurricane like the one we saw Saturday, it's easy to miss some other details.
So, I went back and watched the first three offensive drives again. In no particular order, here's what I saw:
- On the first two offensive snaps, Jerron Seymour had good holes to run through and just failed to hit them. This probably explains some of his absence for parts of the first half.
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