Vanderbilt blocked a punt for a touchdown and scored again with 1:08 left in the game to rally back for a 34-31 win over the UMass football team on Saturday afternoon. The Minutemen (0-3) led the entire way until giving up the second fourth quarter touchdown.
UMass had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Blake Frohnapfel's pass to Marken Michel was wide on second down from the Vanderbilt five-yard line and Blake Lucas missed a 22-yard field goal on third down.
The Minutemen jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Frohanpfel to Rodney Mills followed by a 53-yard fake punt touchdown reception to Mills again.
Vandy (1-2) answered in the second quarter with a touchdown by Patton Robinette's one-yard touchdown run making it 14-7 with 10:02 left in the second quarter. A Lucas 32-yard field goal with 8:43 remaining in the second made it 17-7, but nearly two minutes later, a UMass fumble was recovered by Vanderbilt in the endzone to pull the Commodores within four.
UMass once again responded with a nine-play, 78-yard drive that was finished by Lorenzo Woodley's two-yard touchdown plunge with 3:50 to go in the first half. Vandy closed the first half scoring just prior to halftime with a three-yard touchdown toss from Robinette to Scheu.
The third quarter was marked by Woodley's second touchdown of the game giving UMass a 31-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.
After the blocked punt, UMass was forced into a three-and-out situation, but the defense stepped up by holding Vanderbilt to just 17 yards and stopping a fourth-down conversion attempt.
UMass again was unable to score on the ensuing possession giving the ball back to Vanderbilt.
The Commodores took advantage with a pair of receptions by C.J. Duncan setting Vanderbilt up at the UMass four-yard line. Ralph Webb scored on the next play giving Vandy a 34-31 lead.
With 1:08 left on the clock and a kick return by Joe Colton to the UMass 40 yard line, the Minutemen were able to march down the field with a 19-yard pass to Tajae Shapre and a 16-yard run by Elgin Long. At the Vanderbilt 19-yard line, UMass drew a pass interference call spotting the ball at the UMass four yard line, but were unable to convert the game-winning points.
Frohnapfel was 17-of-34 for the game for 205 yards and a touchdown. Sharpe led the wide receivers with eight catches for 73 yards, while Mills had three catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Lorenzo Woodley ran for 43 yards and the two touchdowns.
Vanderbilt's Robinette was 15-of-21 for 147 yards and a touchdown. Webb had 116 yards on the ground and a touchdown.