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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Jordan Matthews already owns the SEC records for career receptions and yardage. He's also set a single-season conference mark for catches in this, his senior season.
We've come to except the unexpected from the Vanderbilt wide out, who arrived in Nashville as a two-star recruit -- but he's put on a show in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
With Houston's All-AAC safety Trevon Stewart draping him, Franklin made a one-handed grab for a 39-yard gain to set the Commodores up to take a 17-0 lead in the second quarter.
That comes after he took a screen pass in the first frame and raced down field for a 50-yard touchdown and went 50 yards again late in the second to put Vanderbilt up 24-0.
It was expected Matthews would have a big day against the Cougars, who came into the game ranked 116th in FBS in pass defense, giving up 276.0 yards per game. But Matthews went over 100 yards for the 19th time in his career and needed less than two quarters to do it.
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We’re just three short bowl games left before college football season is completely through. Despite the lack of 2014 NFL Draft talent Houston possesses (though there are a few worth watching, particularly CB Zach McMillian), the surprising 8-4 Vanderbilt Commodores feature three potential Top 100 picks.
Lead by Jordan Matthews at receiver on offense and Andre Hal at cornerback...
Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, wide receiver Jordan Matthews, cornerback Andre Hal and running back Jerron Seymour talk to the media after the Commodores' 41-24 win in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As his name swirls as a possible candidate to fill various college football and NFL coaching vacancies, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and the Commodores have stayed the course.
It comes with the rarefied air of playing in a bowl game three consecutive seasons when Vanderbilt (8-4) faces Houston (8-4) on Saturday at noon in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham...
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- They chanted, pleading him to stay.
James Franklin stood with his players in front of the Vanderbilt fans, joining them in singing the school's alma mater after a 41-24 win over Houston in the BBBVA Compass Bowl when it began.
"WE WANT FRANKLIN ... WE WANT FRANKLIN."
Meanwhile, Jordan Matthews stood near mid-field, posing with fans and fellow students...
Penn State is moving quickly in their coaching search, and are set to interview Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, according to Pete Rousell and CoachingSearch.com. Franklin has been a rumored choice ever since Bill O’Brien began entertaining overtures from the…Read more →
The Vanderbilt Commodores earned a historic victory on Saturday in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Look inside to see the post game celebration.
Patton Robinette threw two 50-yard touchdown passes to Jordan Matthews, and Vanderbilt recovered after blowing a 24-point lead to beat Houston 41-24 on Saturday in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Robinette, starting after senior Austyn Carta-Samuels had season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, also had an 8-yard scoring run as Vanderbilt built a 24-0 lead in the first...
On Saturday the Houston Cougars and Vanderbilt Commodores will face off in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Vanderbilt and Houston both enter this game with 8-4 records.
Coverage of the Compass Bowl will air on ESPN beginning at 1:00 pm ET from Legion Field in Birmingham, AL.
The Odds: The Vanderbilt Commodores are a 2.5 point favorite against the Houston Cougars in the Compass Bowl. The over...