GAMEDAY College Football

Vanderbilt 24, Colorado State 21

Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Joseph Bulovas connected a 38-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining, Ken Seals accounted for three scores and Vanderbilt beat Colorado State 24-21 to snap an 11-game losing streak.

Seals drove the Commodores into field-goal range courtesy of a pass-interference penalty and a targeting call. Bulovas jumped up in excitement after making the kick, hugging his holder. His teammates soon joined in once the final horn sounded.

Seals threw two TD passes and ran in another for the Commodores (1-1), who earned their first win under new coach Clark Lea. It was Vanderbilt's first victory since knocking off East Tennessee State 38-0 on Nov. 23, 2019. The Commodores were coming off a loss to ETSU, an FCS team, last week.

Seals' short TD run in the third quarter gave the Commodores a 21-14 lead, but the Rams tied it with 3:07 remaining when Todd Centeio found a wide open Trey McBride on fourth-and-goal at the 3.

Both teams were in dire need of a confidence boost. Colorado State also lost last week to an FCS opponent (South Dakota State).

Trailing 14-7 in the first half and being statistically dominated, the Commodores steadily began to gain momentum by capitalizing on Colorado State's miscues. The Rams (0-2) missed two field goals and threw an interception.

Before the game, the Commodores players walked in wearing matching gray suits. It just took a bit for the team to be that in sync on the field.

Seals finished with 236 yards passing and two TDs, one to Cam Johnson and another to Chris Pierce Jr.

Cornerback Jaylen Mahoney turned in a big defensive play for Vanderbilt when he picked off a Centeio pass near midfield. Nine plays later, Seals hit Johnson over the middle for a 9-yard score to tie the game at 14.

Rams tailback David Bailey scored once on a run and another on a catch.

Colorado State's offense had everything going in the first half from a statistical standpoint, outgaining Vanderbilt by a 305-120 margin. But the Rams didn't exactly translate the yards discrepancy into points as they led just 14-7 at the break. Cayden Camper pushed a pair of field goals wide right and, just before halftime, McBride drew a costly unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that moved the Rams out of field goal range.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter VandyColoSt
ColoSt TD 12:57 David Bailey 3 yd pass from Todd Centeio (Cayden Camper kick) 0 7
Second Quarter VandyColoSt
ColoSt TD 14:08 David Bailey 20 yd run (Cayden Camper kick) 0 14
Vandy TD 0:47 Chris Pierce Jr. 20 yd pass from Ken Seals (Joseph Bulovas kick) 7 14
Third Quarter VandyColoSt
Vandy TD 9:36 Cam Johnson 9 yd pass from Ken Seals (Joseph Bulovas kick) 14 14
Vandy TD 5:32 Ken Seals 1 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 21 14
Fourth Quarter VandyColoSt
ColoSt TD 3:07 Trey McBride 3 yd pass from Todd Centeio (Cayden Camper kick) 21 21
Vandy FG 0:19 Joseph Bulovas 38 yd FG 24 21
Team Stats
  Vanderbilt Colorado State
First downs 21 20
  Rushing 4 8
  Passing 11 12
  Penalty 6 0
3rd Down Efficiency 6-18, 33% 4-15, 27%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 37-104 33-207
Passing Yards 238 238
Return Yards 6 13
Completions-Attempts-Int 27-42-0 20-38-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--22 0-0
Punts 9 7
Punts-Average 45.7 46.9
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 9-62 11-115
Time of Possession 35:27 24:33
Vanderbilt Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Seals 27 42 238 2 0
Colorado State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Centeio 20 38 238 2 1
Vanderbilt Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Davis 17 77 4.5 0
R. Griffin 9 24 2.7 0
D. Boddie Jr. 2 3 1.5 0
K. Seals 9 0 0.0 1
Colorado State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Bailey 15 80 5.3 1
T. Centeio 11 75 6.8 0
A. Vivens 7 52 7.4 0
Vanderbilt Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Pierce Jr. 4 76 19.0 1
C. Johnson 9 66 7.3 1
W. Sheppard 4 42 10.5 0
D. Boddie Jr. 6 38 6.3 0
R. Davis 4 16 4.0 0
Colorado State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. McBride 8 114 14.3 1
D. Wright 4 43 10.8 0
E. Scott 3 38 12.7 0
D. Bailey 3 36 12.0 1
A. Vivens 1 5 5.0 0
C. Butler 1 2 2.0 0
Vanderbilt Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Mahoney 1 0
Colorado State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Vanderbilt Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
H. Smith 9 411 45.7
Colorado State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Stonehouse 6 298 49.7
Vanderbilt Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Johnson 2 6 3.0
Colorado State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Wright 1 8 8.0
G. Robinson 1 5 5.0
Vanderbilt Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Ziglor III 1 0 0
Colorado State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Vanderbilt Missed FG
Player Length
Colorado State Missed FG
Player Length
C. Camper 39
C. Camper 46




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