East Tennessee State soccer used to be simply higher
Everyone knew that Vanderbilt soccer had an extended technique to cross underneath Clark Lea.
Turns out, its even longer.
Even with low expectancies coming into Leas first season, Saturday nights23-3loss to East Tennessee State is going down as a humbling and humiliating debut, very similar to Derek Masons Temple flop of 2014.
This one used to be much more alarming,no less than within the quick time period. Such a defeat uncovered how a long way Vanderbilts skill degree has plummeted andleft no doubt as to the ache the SEC is set to inflictthis season.
“This is a learning moment for us as a program,” Lea stated, “and an indicator of where we are and where we need to start building from.”
These Commodores are nowhere close to in a position to significantly competing within the sports activities easiest league. They’d most likely have bother within the Southern Conference, in reality, given how this visiting FCS group misplaced right here 38-0 two seasons in the past and used to be a three-touchdown underdog this time.
It wasnt simply that Vanderbilt misplaced. It used to be the best way that Vanderbilt misplaced.
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This wasnta fluke. The higher group received.
The Commodores didnt give thegame away till it used to be already misplaced. They didnt dedicate a turnover till the fourth quarter, after they have been already in desperation mode. ETSUs scoop-and-score of a Ken Seals fumble and next goal-line interceptionsthose miscues handiest solidified a outcome that had already taken form.
Vanderbilt had already trailed 10-3 at intermission in spite of having ruled area place for a lot of the primary part. Three of the house groups first 4 possessions led to ETSU territory, whilst the Buccaneers first 5 possessions all began at their very own 25 or worse.
Didnt topic. The Commodores have been whipped truthful and sq. via an FCS group that used to be extra competitive and efficient the place it issues maximum:close to the road of scrimmage.
Thats why ETSU had a179-82 edge in dashing yards.
Thats why it didnt topic whether or not Lea despatched Seals or Mike Wright available in the market at quarterback. Vanderbilts offensive line couldnt offer protection to both one. Both quarterbacks have been flushed and harassed all sport lengthy. Neither appeared relaxed within the pocket,nor must they’ve been.
The video games pivotal play got here two snaps after Wright had simply made a big-time run, scrambling for 15 yards on third-and-14. But then on second-and-3 on the ETSU 29, Vandy left take on Tyler Steen used to be overwhelmed via JaVarius Harrison, permitting a blindside sack to take the Commodores out of field-goal vary.
“We have a drive going and we have an unblocked edge player that creates a sack and kills the momentum of the drive,” Lea stated.
ETSU were given the ball again and drove 80 yards in 9 performs for the video games first landing. After every other Vanderbilt punt, ETSU then drove 53 yards in 9 performs for a area target.
At this level, the Buccaneers had each explanation why to assume that they had an actual shot. Nothing steered that issues have been about to pick out up for the Commodores.
And they didnt.
And the similar might wellbe stated aboutthe remainder of thisseason.
Vanderbilt has some skill at quarterback and extensive receiver. The protection has a couple of dudes that may play, however ETSU received the road of scrimmage fight on that facet, too. The Commodores protection did little to have an effect on the Buccaneers or alternate the damaging float of this sport.
Theres no fast repair for an SEC group getting driven round via an FCS opponent. No play name or pep communicate can magically alternate that.
The handiest treatment will berecruiting. And time. And numerous endurance. And exhausting paintings.
Lea wishes all of these items prior to a gentle turns into visual on the finish of this tunnel.
“This can be a critical learning moment for everyone involved as we move forward,” Lea stated.
In the period in-between, it is about tobe an extended first season for him on West End. If Vanderbilt didnt understand that prior to Saturday, it certain does now.
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