September 30, 2007

The good, the bad and the ugly of Saturday night

Vanderbilt improved to 3-1 on Saturday night with a 30-7 rout of Eastern Michigan at Dudley Field. VandySports.com's Chris Lee breaks down the highlights, lowlights and other notable happenings from the game.

The good
The play of the defensive line
Not to get too carried away with things-after all, it was Eastern Michigan-but the continued play of the defensive line is something that the coaching staff has to be tickled over. After holding a decent Ole Miss rushing attack in check in the last game two weeks ago, the Commodore defense limited the Eagles to 62 yards on 30 carries.

"Our defensive line has had two fine games," said Coach Bobby Johnson. "We have a very quick line and I think our coaches do a great job of (teaching) technique. They make calls that use the speed and agility that our defensive line has."

Starting end Steven Stone, a redshirt sophomore, continues to be a force. Stone showed promise as a pass-rusher last year-and had a team-leading third sack on Saturday night-but it was his play against the run that really drew notice against EMU. Stone had six solo stops on the night, which ranked second on the team.

Curtis Gatewood had another solid game opposite Stone, and their backup, Broderick Stewart, continues to wreak havoc in pass-rush situations, recording a sack and an additional tackle for loss among his four stops.

In the middle, sophomore Greg Billinger held his own, and picked off his first career pass. And Theo Horrocks was his usual steady self against the run.

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