GAMEDAY College Football

Vanderbilt 42, Elon 31

By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mike Wright scored a program record six touchdowns throwing for 245 yards and running for 84 more as Vanderbilt beat Elon 42-31.

With the victory, the Commodores now have matched coach Clark Lea's win total for all of his debut season in the first two games to start this season. It's Vanderbilt's first 2-0 start since 2018 as the Commodores spoiled Elon's season opener.

Matthew McKay and Elon sure made it interesting late after pulling within 11. The Phoenix recovered an onside kick. Vanderbilt forced a turnover and stopped a pair of fourth-and-1 attempts in the final 3:19, the second just outside its own goal line with 49 seconds left.

Wright, who scored four touchdowns in Vanderbilt's season-opening win in Hawaii, topped the previous record matched by Earl Bennett against Kentucky in 2005 and set by Frank Mordica with five TDs against Air Force in 1978.

The quarterback put Vanderbilt ahead to stay with a 5-yard TD run, then dropped the ball into Jayden McGowan's hands for a 75-yard catch and run up the Vanderbilt sideline. Wright then made it a 21-0 lead with a 6-yard TD to Will Sheppard late in the first quarter. His 26-yarder to Sheppard made it 28-10 before halftime.

Wright became Vandy's first quarterback with multiple TD runs in consecutive games since Greg Zolman in 1999 with a 44-yard run early in the third for his fifth TD of the game and a 35-10 lead. He took the record to himself with a 9-yard TD pass to Ray Davis with 10:02 left in the fourth.

The game started 30 minutes late because of weather. Play continued despite lightning delaying the start of an MLS game between Nashville and Austin just three miles away for nearly an hour.

This was a big difference from Vanderbilt's season opener last year against a FCS opponent. East Tennessee State ruined Lea's debut. Elon came in receiving votes in both of the top FCS polls but leaves still looking for its first win over a FBS team since moving to the FCS level.

Elon outgained Vanderbilt 495-424 and held the ball for more than 34 minutes. McKay finished with 270 yards and two TD passes while running for 52 yards and two more TDs.

THE TAKEAWAY

Elon: Quarterback Joey Baughman hurt his right leg and was helped to a cart and taken to the locker room just before halftime. He was 1 of 2 for 10 yards passing, and Baughman also ran four times for 20 yards.

Vanderbilt: These Commodores are proving to be very offensive, scoring 21 points in the first quarter for 84 points through the first five quarters this season. It's their best offensive start since opening the 1970 season with 91 points. ... They also can score quickly. Four drives took 1:57 or less.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ElonVandy
Vandy TD 10:17 Mike Wright 5 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 7
Vandy TD 6:48 Jayden McGowan 75 yd pass from Mike Wright (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 14
Vandy TD 1:34 Will Sheppard 6 yd pass from Mike Wright (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 21
Elon TD 1:24 Chandler Brayboy 75 yd pass from Matthew McKay (Skyler Davis kick) 7 21
Second Quarter ElonVandy
Elon FG 2:32 Skyler Davis 48 yd FG 10 21
Vandy TD 0:35 Will Sheppard 26 yd pass from Mike Wright (Joseph Bulovas kick) 10 28
Third Quarter ElonVandy
Vandy TD 12:26 Mike Wright 44 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 10 35
Elon TD 8:24 Matthew McKay 5 yd run (Skyler Davis kick) 17 35
Elon TD 0:00 Jackson Parham 22 yd pass from Matthew McKay (Skyler Davis kick) 24 35
Fourth Quarter ElonVandy
Vandy TD 10:02 Ray Davis 9 yd pass from Mike Wright (Joseph Bulovas kick) 24 42
Elon TD 5:21 Matthew McKay 5 yd run (Skyler Davis kick) 31 42
Team Stats
  Elon Vanderbilt
First downs 23 17
  Rushing 7 6
  Passing 13 9
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-15, 27% 5-13, 38%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 42-152 33-179
Passing Yards 343 245
Return Yards 112 2
Completions-Attempts-Int 20-34-0 18-29-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--5 0-0
Punts 7 7
Punts-Average 35.4 49.4
Fumbles Lost 1-1 2-0
Penalties - Yards 6-54 7-54
Time of Possession 34:29 25:31
Elon Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. McKay 19 32 333 2 0
J. Baughman 1 2 10 0 0
Vanderbilt Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Wright 18 29 245 4 0
Elon Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. McKay 13 52 4.0 2
W. Dixie III 11 50 4.5 0
J. Baughman 4 20 5.0 0
J. Hampton 12 19 1.6 0
D. Moyer 2 11 5.5 0
Vanderbilt Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Davis 20 95 4.8 0
M. Wright 11 84 7.6 2
C. Gillespie 2 0 0.0 0
Elon Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Parham 8 143 17.9 1
C. Brayboy 4 105 26.3 1
B. Daughtry 2 40 20.0 0
J. Miller II 3 24 8.0 0
C. Da-Silva 1 23 23.0 0
M. Griffin 1 7 7.0 0
J. Hampton 1 1 1.0 0
Vanderbilt Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. McGowan 4 118 29.5 1
W. Sheppard 6 58 9.7 2
B. Bresnahan 2 24 12.0 0
D. Boddie Jr. 2 23 11.5 0
R. Davis 3 17 5.7 1
J. Ball 1 5 5.0 0
Elon Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Vanderbilt Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Elon Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Yurk 7 248 35.4
Vanderbilt Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Hayball 7 346 49.4
Elon Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Jones 5 71 14.2
Vanderbilt Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Sheppard 2 2 1.0
Elon Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Brayboy 2 41 20.5
Vanderbilt Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Elon Missed FG
Player Length
Vanderbilt Missed FG
Player Length




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