It's tough to take much away from a game featuring such disparate opponents. I think last night did underscore an important thing about Larry Smith - he is much better once he has had some time to get into a rhythm and when he is adequately protected. Granted, adequate protection is going to make every quarterback better, and certainly the offensive line is doing their best week in and week out to give him solid blocking. I hope the staff going forward helps Larry get into a rhythm at the start of games, maybe by calling some early screen passes or quick short routes.
Leading off, here's Coach Caldwell's post-game presser. Game recap links are after the jump.
The Commodores weren't perfect, but they had ample room for error in pummeling the Eagles 52-6 before an announced home crowd of 33,107. Vanderbilt (2-3) piled up its most points since a 58-0 win over The Citadel in 1999 in ending a seven-game home losing streak.
"I want to stop right there and apologize to Eastern Michigan," Caldwell said. "That was not an onsides kick. I'm embarrassed. It was supposed to be a sky kick and we missed the ball and it happened to fall right into our hands. We didn't know what to do with it."
I did notice this last night:
Sighting: Bobby Johnson cackling hysterically after we just recovered an intentional onside kick up 38-6. Wow. When does Funk go in?
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"Of course those two throws, if he had hit the first one he wouldn’t have had an opportunity to make the second one," Caldwell said. "He did a great job running the team, getting us in the right play. The thing that the public doesn’t see about Larry is his leadership and what he means to this team."
Finally, here's the video of the post game player interviews: