September 10, 2011

The Connecticut game, in a nutshell

Vanderbilt earned a 24-21 victory over visiting Connecticut on Saturday night.'s Jesse Johnson and Chris Lee take a look at the game's key moments and biggest stars in our weekly "game in a nutshell" feature.

Turning point: After Vanderbilt's 11-point second-half lead turned into a seven-point deficit in about a 15-minute span, Vanderbilt's Casey Hayward made one of the program's biggest plays in recent Commodore history. Hayward jumped in front of a UConn wideout on a ball he didn't think that quarterback Johnny McEntree would throw, reversed field to the left, followed a convoy of blockers, and scored a touchdown to put VU down a point with the point-after-touchdown pending with 6:45 left.

Hayward's play came at a time when VU's offense had become almost completely dysfunctional. The 'Dores gained 11 third-quarter yards, and picked up 48 of their 86 fourth-quarter yards on one play.

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