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Vanderbilt defense no-shows 54-21 loss to Ole Miss

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Not every day that you can give up 409 yards... in the first half.

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Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral completed his first 19 passes of the game — a school record, by the way — and Elijah Moore had 12 catches for 223 yards... in the first half.

In a complete and utter embarrassment for the Vanderbilt defense, the Commodores surrendered 409 yards of total offense before halftime. And things didn’t get any better after the half; in fact, they might have gotten worse. Faced with the deluge of offense from Ole Miss, Derek Mason elected to punt from the Ole Miss 42 (down 41-14) and again on a 4th and 2 at his own 45 (down 48-14.)

Anyway, Derek Mason finally called for the offense to stay on the field on a 4th and 5 around midfield once the team was down 54-14 in the fourth quarter, but that’s besides the point. This game was an embarrassment on the level of Woody Widenhofer’s 71-13 loss to Florida in 2001, after which Woody resigned three days later. All of this nonsense from the defense overshadowed the fact that Ken Seals had a pretty good day outside of the interception. Seals continues to be the lone ray of hope for the team.

Otherwise, I’m really not sure what more the Vanderbilt administration needs to see. This was an embarrassment in a season full of them.