Vanderbilt 41, Houston 24

Date - Saturday, January 4, 2014 1:00 PM
Location - Legion Field
Attendance - 42717

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Vanderbilt 14 10 0 17 41
Houston 0 0 24 0 24

Recap


Vanderbilt 41, Houston 24:
Jerron Seymour and Brian Kimbrow combined for 164 rushing yards and a pair of late touchdowns as the Commodores held off the Cougars in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala.

Seymour rushed for 89 yards on 20 carries and Kimbrow added 75 yards on 13 carries as Vanderbilt (9-4) scored 17 straight points in the fourth quarter and recorded back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time in school history. Jordan Matthews had five catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns - all in the first half - for the first multi-touchdown game of his career.

John O'Korn went 20-of-47 for 228 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions for Houston (8-5), which scored on four straight third-quarter possessions to tie game at 24. Markeith Ambles had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown and Deontay Greenberry added six catches for 96 yards and a score.

Matthews had a pair of 50-yard touchdown catches in the first half and quarterback Patton Robinette scored on an 8-yard run four plays after a Houston fumble as Vanderbilt jumped to a 24-0 halftime lead. Houston's third-quarter scoring spree started with Robinette's fumble at the Vanderbilt 14, setting up Kenneth Farrow's 6-yard TD run on the next play.

O'Korn added a 6-yard TD pass to Ambles and a 67-yard scoring pass to a wide-open Greenberry to tie the game with 19 seconds left in the third quarter, in which Houston outgained Vanderbilt 309-47. Kimbrow broke the tie with a 21-yard touchdown run with 9:28 left and interceptions by Jahmel McIntosh and Andre Hal led to 10 more Commodore points to seal the win.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Vanderbilt outgained Houston 232-22 in the first half and held the Cougars to one first down. ... Houston forced three turnovers to finish the year with 43 takeaways and a plus-25 turnover margin. ... Robinette finished 6-of-19 for 154 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and didn't complete a pass after the second Matthews' touchdown, finishing the game missing seven straight attempts.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 9:57
Vanderbilt   TD  Houston 0 - Vanderbilt 7
1st Quarter - 1:33
Vanderbilt   TD  Houston 0 - Vanderbilt 14
2nd Quarter - 10:27
Vanderbilt   FG  Houston 0 - Vanderbilt 17
2nd Quarter - 7:09
Vanderbilt   TD  Houston 0 - Vanderbilt 24
3rd Quarter - 10:12
Houston   TD  Houston 7 - Vanderbilt 24
3rd Quarter - 6:25
Houston   TD  Houston 14 - Vanderbilt 24
3rd Quarter - 3:19
Houston   FG  Houston 17 - Vanderbilt 24
3rd Quarter - 0:19
Houston   TD  Houston 24 - Vanderbilt 24
4th Quarter - 9:28
Vanderbilt   TD  Houston 24 - Vanderbilt 31
4th Quarter - 6:17
Vanderbilt   FG  Houston 24 - Vanderbilt 34
4th Quarter - 1:42
Vanderbilt   TD  Houston 24 - Vanderbilt 41
TEAMS

Team Records

  Vanderbilt Houston
W/L 9 - 4 - 0 8 - 5 - 0
Conference 4 - 4 - 0 5 - 3 - 0

Team Stats

  Vanderbilt Houston
Score 41 24
First Downs 14 12
3rd Down Efficiency 2-for-17
12%
1-for-17
6%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
1-for-3
33%
Total Yards 365 384
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 52-211 27-146
Average/Rush 4.1 5.4
Passing
Comp-Att 6-19 21-49
Passing Yards 154 238
Average/Pass Play 7.7 4.5
Penalties-Yards 2-10 8-72
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 2 2
Time of Possession 35:41 24:19

PLAYER STATS

Vanderbilt (9 - 4)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
P. Robinette 6/19 154 2 2
Houston (8 - 5)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. O'Korn 20/47 228 2 2
G. Ward Jr. 1/2 10 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Seymour 20 89 4.4 1
B. Kimbrow 13 75 5.8 1
P. Robinette 15 37 2.5 1
J. Matthews 1 8 8.0 0
W. Tate 3 2 0.7 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Spencer 3 69 23.0 0
J. O'Korn 7 38 5.4 0
K. Farrow 8 28 3.5 1
K. Brooks 2 8 4.0 0
R. Jackson 2 6 3.0 0
G. Ward Jr. 5 -3 -0.6 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Matthews 5 143 28.6 2
J. Krause 1 11 11.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Ambles 6 105 17.5 1
D. Greenberry 6 96 16.0 1
R. Jackson 2 26 13.0 0
D. Ayers 2 14 7.0 0
D. Spencer 2 4 2.0 0
G. Ward Jr. 1 -2 -2.0 0
R. Harper 1 -2 -2.0 0
L. McDuffey 1 -3 -3.0 0