Rare league road win a party for Vanderbilt
Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 7:00 pm
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt coach James Franklin finally has notched his first road win in the Southeastern Conference, a rarity for the Commodores.
Not that they get time to celebrate only the school’s fourth SEC road win since 2008. Vanderbilt hosts fourth-ranked Florida on Saturday.
“We’re talking about a team that’s doing it well in all aspects,” Franklin said Monday about the Gators. “They’re well-coached, they have schemes that create conflict, and they’re not going to give up yards. They’re going to run it down your throat and they’re going to play with a toughness and physicality.”
Still, road wins have been so few and far between at Vanderbilt that a little celebration was deserved. Vanderbilt has the SEC’s worst record in conference road games since 1992 at 14-68 counting the win over Missouri. That 19-15 win at Missouri marked Vanderbilt’s first road win since at Mississippi in 2010 and only the fourth since the Commodores won at Ole Miss and at Kentucky in 2008.
“Being able to win in the conference on the road is very challenging,” Franklin said. “If you look historically, I don’t think there’s any doubt that we realize the importance of winning on the road. Missouri’s won a lot of football games in the past 12 years. It was awesome. It was a great trip back.”
The celebration pretty much ended when the plane landed back in Nashville. A few hours of sleep, and then Franklin and his coaches got busy breaking down the Gators. Franklin spent most of his time talking about how impressed he is with the Gators (5-0, 4-0) and how coach Will Muschamp has put his stamp on the Florida program.
“There is toughness in this team,” Franklin said of Florida.
The Gators will be the third Top 10 team Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-2) has played this season. Published in The Messenger 10.9.12