Dores Fall to Tigers

Will Sheppard becomes the sixth Commodore to rank in the top 10 all-time in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt was handed a 38-21 loss to No. 23 Missouri Saturday at FirstBank Stadium.

Ken Seals threw for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns while collecting a rushing touchdown in his first start of the season. Seals drove the Commodores 76 yards in eight plays and ran for a 6-yard TD putting Vanderbilt up 7-3 in the first quarter.

The Commodores scored on their first two possessions of the fourth quarter. The first came on a 31-yard score from Seals to Will Sheppard, to give the receiver his SEC-leading seventh receiving touchdown of the season. Seals struck again on the next possession, this time finding Junior Sherrill for a 45-yard touchdown to make it a 10-point game at 31-21 with 9:36 left to play.

Vanderbilt’s (2-4, 0-2 SEC) offense put up 300 yards for the fifth-consecutive game.

Seals’ TD run in the first quarter was the second rushing touchdown of his career. He threw a 31-yard TD pass to Will Sheppard and a 45-yarder to Junior Sherrill in the fourth quarter trying to rally the Dores. Seals finished with 259 yards passing.

Will Sheppard is now one of six Commodores in program history to rank in the top 10 in receptions (137), receiving yards (1,826) and receiving touchdowns (20).

Vanderbilt visits No. 22 Florida on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. on the SEC Network.