Rodgers leads Vanderbilt to 49-7 rout of UMass

Rodgers leads Vanderbilt to 49-7 rout of UMass
October 27, 2012, 10:39 pm
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Vanderbilt coach James Franklin watches his player before an NCAA college football game against Massachusetts on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jordan Rodgers threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score to lead Vanderbilt to a 49-7 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday night.

Sluggish most of the first half, the Commodores (4-4) broke open a seven-point game with two late first-half touchdowns in 55 seconds. They added four touchdowns in the third quarter to claim successive wins for the first time since starting 3-0 last year.

Along with an interception return for a score by Trey Wilson, Jonathan Krause returned a punt 40 yards to the end zone. It marked the first time a Vanderbilt punt return went the distance since 1999.

Massachusetts (0-8) remains winless in its first year in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy, the school's all-time rushing leader, exited five minutes into the game with an injury. He later returned to the sideline wearing a splint on his right ankle.