Commodores Fall in Season Finale

Vandy drops game against Tennessee

by The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jaylen Wright ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns on five carries, with Jabari Small running for two more scores as ninth-ranked Tennessee never trailed in a 56-0 win over Vanderbilt on a rainy Saturday night.

The Volunteers (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference ) rebounded from losing two of their last three games to clinch their first 10-win regular season since 2003 and first overall since 2007. Tennessee won its fourth straight in the series and this one was never in doubt as the Vols led 21-0 at halftime and added 21 more in the third for their first shutout in this rivalry since a 48-0 win in 2003.

Wright scored on runs of 50 and 83 yards, while Small ran for a 48-yarder. Dylan Sampson added an 80-yarder in the fourth as Tennessee ran for six TDs. The Vols ran for more yards (362) than Vanderbilt managed in total offense (254).

Vanderbilt (5-7, 2-6) missed becoming bowl eligible in head coach Clark Lea’s second season. The Commodores’ had their a two-game SEC winning streak snapped.

They also more than doubled their two-win total of last year.