Same Old Story: Vanderbilt Finds Way To Lose

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IISeptember 15, 2009

The Vanderbilt Commodores found a way to lose another big game on the road, falling 23-9 to the LSU Tigers.

QB Larry Smith was a terrible 11 of 24, passing for only 88 yards and one INT. Smith carried the ball 13 times for negative-six yards, but one touchdown.

Zac Stacy had another great game with 20 carries for 89 yards. The freshman is showing that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with.  Stacy also had two catches for 14 yards.

Vanderbilt was in the contest for most of the game, but couldn't get the job done.

They lost more than the game on Saturday, with this report coming out on Monday:

Vanderbilt has lost two starters to injuries for the rest of the season, with the worst being senior free safety Ryan Hamilton, who tore a pectoral muscle.

Coach Bobby Johnson confirmed the injuries. Hamilton is a co-captain who started his 34th straight game in last weekend's 23-9 loss at No. 9 LSU. Johnson said Hamilton played about a quarter and a half against LSU after tearing the muscle away from the bone.

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Hamilton will have surgery Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Commodores (1-1, 0-1 SEC) also lost starting right tackle James Williams to a dislocated left ankle. He will have surgery later this week. Vanderbilt hosts Mississippi State (1-1, 0-1) on Saturday night.

Vanderbilt's receivers have to step up and catch the ball:

"We've got to catch the ball better," Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson said. "We dropped several first downs, the ball went through our hands for an interception...We had a good chance to either score a touchdown or a field goal and make it a little tighter."