September 2, 2007

The good, the bad and the ugly of Saturday night

Vanderbilt opened its season with a 41-17 romp over Richmond, scoring its most points in an opener since 1950. Here's a look back at the evening's highlights and lowlights.

What to like:
Earl Bennett's dominance continues
One of the truly stunning things about Saturday night was Richmond Coach Dave Clawsen{/db]'s decision to single-cover All-American wideout [db]Earl Bennett, who caught 13 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns.

"They didn't double me at all. … We just caught them off-guard with the defense they [were] in," said Bennett.

"They run the same defense they've been running, so watching film helped us a lot."

Bennett caught short passes, long passes, overthrown passes and everything in between in 3 quarters of work. He even returned three punts for 62 yards, including a 36-yarder that he threatened to take the distance before appearing to run into his own man as he charged down the right sideline.

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