Vanderbilt only views short span
Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 7:00 pm
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — James Franklin has used the idea of one game at a time and worrying only about the next six seconds to help his Vanderbilt Commodores ignore the past and shake off adversity.
Now he faces his biggest challenge yet: Helping his Commodores handle success.
Franklin has more wins in his first two seasons (13) than any Vandy coach not named Dan McGugin, who went 16-1 in 1904-05. The Commodores (7-4) need a win to match the most victories in the regular season since 1982 going into the finale at Wake Forest (5-6) on Saturday.
Franklin said Monday the Commodores have been through the gamut since they arrived with him the third different coach for the juniors and seniors along with a lack of success. Vanderbilt is 5-2 in November since Franklin arrived compared with a 3-32 record over the past decade combined.
“You talk about the negativity, and now it couldn’t be any more positive right now,” Franklin said. “And I’m probably more concerned about that than anything is I think a lot of times I think it’s easier to handle adversity than it is success.”
The list of success since Franklin has arrived is growing longer by the day.
The Commodores won their fifth Southeastern Conference game this season with a 41-18 rout of rival Tennessee last weekend, their fourth game scoring 40 or more points this season for the first time since 1916. They last won five SEC games in a season in 1935.
They also have won four SEC games by 23 or more points under Franklin, matching the total Vandy managed between 1957 through 2010. That win over Tennessee also marked the most points scored against its biggest rival since a 51-7 win in 1923.
A win against Wake Forest would be Vandy’s sixth straight, something the Commodores last did in 1955 when they capped the season beating Auburn in the Gator Bowl. They’re already in line for a second straight bowl
“We definitely have a lot of momentum coming off the victories that we have, but we can’t let that get to our head and approach it as one game at a time and worrying about the things we need to do from a Vanderbilt standpoint to take care of business,” cornerback Trey Wilson said.
Franklin has talked to reporters and his players alike about the Commodores accomplishing something that hadn’t been done in years and decades.
“As long as we keep taking the one game at a time approach, all those historical things will go away,” Wilson said.
Andre Hal became the sixth Commodore to earn SEC player of the week recognition after two interceptions against Tennessee. Published in The Messenger 11.20.12