Etling TD pass, run lead Pats over Giants to end preseason
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — It takes a lot to put a smile on Bill Belichick's face and get a handshake from the stoic New England Patriots coach in the fourth game of the preseason. Third-string quarterback Danny Etling did it all on one play.
In a meaningless game Thursday night in which neither team played their starters, Etling added a lighthearted moment to the contest and iced the Patriots' 17-12 win with an 86-yard run on an option keeper that totally fooled the New York Giants' defense.
Vanderbilt leans on Shurmur looking for 2nd bowl in 3 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt's all-time leading rusher is gone, currently trying to earn a job in the NFL with the New England Patriots.
With Ralph Webb out of the picture, luckily for the Commodores they have quarterback Kyle Shurmur back to follow up one of the best seasons in school history and help Vanderbilt earn its second bowl berth in three years. Coach Derek Mason calls Shurmur one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference to lead that group.
Brady, Smith sit as Patriots beat Redskins 26-17
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England might have found a running back in undrafted free agent Ralph Webb.
Washington may have lost one with a knee injury to second-round pick Derrius Guice.
Webb ran for two touchdowns and also scored on a pair of 2-point conversions on Thursday night as the defending AFC champions rallied from a 17-0 first-half deficit to beat Washington 26-17 in the teams' exhibition openers.
Vandy whips Tennessee 42-24 to cap Vols’ dismal season
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt's Ralph Webb ended his career as the sixth-leading rusher in Southeastern Conference history.
He may prefer to be known as the guy who helped change the direction of the Vanderbilt-Tennessee rivalry.
Webb ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns in his final college game Saturday as Vanderbilt whipped Tennessee 42-24 to beat the Volunteers for the fourth time in the last six years. Vanderbilt had gone 1-28 against Tennessee from 1983-2011.
COLUMBIA — Ralph Webb is having an un-Ralph Webb season, heading into Saturday’s game at South Carolina with a mere 408 rushing yards this season.
Vanderbilt’s No. 1 career rusher, who is on pace to finish in the top seven of the SEC’s career rushers — in which he’d surpass Leonard Fournette, Carnell “Cadillac” Williams and Emmitt Smith — has been looking for a breakout game.
Patterson leads Mississippi over Vanderbilt 57-35
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Shea Patterson was flinging the football all over the field, Jordan Wilkins was running in wide open spaces and the points were jumping on the scoreboard with remarkable speed.
After a three-game hiatus, Mississippi's offense was back.
Patterson threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns, Wilkins ran for 113 yards and Ole Miss dominated Vanderbilt in a 57-35 victory on Saturday.
Vandy ready to take to air to ease focus on Webb, run game
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defenses keep daring Vanderbilt to throw, determined to stop the Commodores' all-time leading rusher and one of the best ever in the Southeastern Conference.
So that's coach Derek Mason plans to do.
"We're not abandoning the run," Mason said Tuesday. "I just think you got to rethink what your process is and really put it in the hands of guys that can work for you now to help us balance out what we're going through right now."
Vanderbilt looking to expand offense with Webb, Shurmur
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig has been very busy this offseason trying to take full advantage of having the Commodores' all-time leading rusher back for a senior season.
Ralph Webb ranks 20th all-time in Southeastern Conference history with 3,342 yards rushing and could climb past some big names with a strong season. Ludwig has added some plays use both Webb and a talented group of running backs.
Webb is looking forward to every opportunity he gets.
Little-touted Vandy running back Webb on pace to finish among SEC’s best
HOOVER, Ala. • Ralph Webb made what’s become his annual trip to The Wynfrey Hotel to represent Vanderbilt at Southeastern Conference Media Days, but unlike many of those gathered for the preseason event, Webb runs under most radars.
Vanderbilt hoping QB Kyle Shurmur picks up where he left off
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Shurmur is happy doing whatever it takes to help Vanderbilt win whether that is handing the ball off or throwing down the field.
The way the quarterback has grown this season, coach Derek Mason believes the best is yet to come.
No. 24 Tennessee, Vandy end season jostling for bowl spots
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt center Barrett Gouger knows how he'd like to see Ralph Webb become the Commodores' all-time leading rusher: Break off a 28-yard run and get it over with quickly.
The way No. 24 Tennessee has defended the run lately, that could come on Webb's first carry. Not that the Commodores are taking that for granted no matter how the Vols have struggled.
"That doesn't necessarily mean it's just like an automatic thing for everyone," Gouger said.
Ralph Webb runs for 3 TDs as Vanderbilt routs Ole Miss 38-17
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Derek Mason had Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin talk to his football team about not being afraid of success and how to handle the roller-coaster of emotions during a game.
The Commodores showed Saturday night they listened very well.
Ralph Webb ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns, and Vanderbilt scored 31 straight points in beating Mississippi 38-17 Saturday night to snap a three-game skid to the Rebels.
No. 11 Auburn rides hot streak into Vanderbilt game
Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-3 SEC) at No. 11 Auburn (6-2, 4-1, No. 9 CFP), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: Auburn by 26.
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads 21-20-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Auburn has thrust itself into the SEC title and playoff mix with a five-game winning streak, but can't afford another slipup. Vanderbilt is seeking its third straight win, something the Commodores haven't managed since 2013.
Vanderbilt rallies to beat Tennessee State 35-17
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt went to its running game to make an impressive comeback against Tennessee State.
After falling behind by three points late in the first half, the Commodores rattled off three unanswered touchdowns en route to a 35-17 win over Tennessee State on Saturday.
No. 23 Florida wins as sluggish Gators hold off Vandy 13-6
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Florida Gators aren't in the mood to pick apart a road win in the Southeastern Conference, especially after last week's ugly loss.
No matter what they might need to fix.
Jordan Scarlett ran for a 4-yard touchdown with Eddy Pineiro adding a pair of field goals as No. 23 Florida held off Vanderbilt 13-6 Saturday.
Georgia Tech opens with long TD pass, beats Vandy 38-7
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech used its lopsided win over Vanderbilt to show future opponents — including No. 5 Clemson — it can do more than just run out of its option attack.
Justin Thomas threw an 81-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Marshall on the first play of the game, Dedrick Mills ran for three touchdowns and Georgia Tech beat Vanderbilt 38-7 on Saturday, holding the Commodores scoreless in the final three quarters.
Georgia Tech bracing for power runs from Vandy’s Webb
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech's relentless spread-option attack with its triple-option potential is known for causing sleepless nights for defensive coordinators.
Most of the Yellow Jackets' yards usually come on the ground.
This week Georgia Tech also has to worry about stopping the run when Southeastern Conference rushing leader Ralph Webb leads Vanderbilt against the Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
Webb runs for 211, Vanderbilt beats Middle Tennessee 47-24
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason turned the lights out in the locker room for 10 minutes during a weather delay that lasted for an hour, 44 minutes. He wanted his Commodores to picture themselves playing good football.
Aside from a blocked punt on the first play once the game resumed, Ralph Webb and the Commodores did just that.
Webb ran for a career-high 211 yards and two touchdowns as Vanderbilt easily handled the weather delay and beat Middle Tennessee 47-24 Saturday.