1982 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

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1982 Vanderbilt Commodores football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1982 record 8–4 (4–2 SEC)
Head coach George MacIntyre (4th season)
Offensive coordinator Watson Brown (2nd season)
Home stadium Vanderbilt Stadium
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Georgia $ 6 0 0     11 1 0
No. 11 LSU 4 1 1     8 3 1
No. 14 Auburn 4 2 0     9 3 0
Vanderbilt 4 2 0     8 4 0
Tennessee 3 2 1     6 5 1
Alabama 3 3 0     8 4 0
Florida 3 3 0     8 4 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 0 6 0     4 7 0
Kentucky 0 6 0     0 10 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1982 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University in the 1982 college football season. The team was led by head coach George MacIntyre, led Vanderbilt to a bowl game for the first time since 1974. The Vanderbilt squad finished the season with a record of 8–4. 1982 was Vanderbilt’s first winning season since 1975 and would prove to be the last for 25 more years.

Season[edit]

Vanderbilt was coming off of another losing season for the sixth straight year, compiling an overall record of 13–53 and only one SEC win and thirty-five losses. From 1976 to 1981 Vanderbilt lost 33 consecutive SEC games before defeating Ole Miss in 1981.

1982 Vanderbilt was a veteran team with 19 seniors and 26 juniors, led by Whit Taylor at QB and All-American’s TE Allama Matthews (1982), punter Jim Arnold (1982), Corner Back Leonard Coleman (1983), flanker/TE Chuck Scott (1983), and kicker Ricky Anderson (1984).

This good season Vanderbilt had would prove to be an odd year. The next 25 years Vanderbilt would not have a winning record. A few years they came within a game of being five hundred but never equaling the feat. From 1983 to 2007 Vanderbilt had a horrible record of 78 wins 200 losses and 1 tie.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 11 at Memphis* Liberty BowlMemphis, TN W 24–14   25,704
September 18 at No. 11 North Carolina* Kenan StadiumChapel Hill, NC L 10–34   51,696
September 25 at No. 4 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL L 21–24   60,210
October 2 Tulane* Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN W 24–21   40,000
October 9 No. 14 Florida Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN W 31–29   39,726
October 16 at No. 4 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 13–27   82,122
October 25 Ole Miss Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN (Rivalry) W 19–10   40,162
November 6 at Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY W 23–10   56,123
November 13 Virginia Tech*dagger Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN W 45–0   40,356
November 20 Chattanooga* Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN W 27–16   38,126
November 27 Tennessee Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN (Rivalry) W 28–21   41,683
December 31 vs. Air Force Legion FieldBirmingham, Al (Hall of Fame Classic) L 28–36   70,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central.

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Game summaries[edit]

Memphis[edit]

Vanderbilt started the game slow but scored 17 points in the second quarter and ending the game with 24 unanswered points before Memphis scored their final points. Whit Taylor key receiver was TE Allama Matthews for three touchdowns. Fullback Ernie Goolsby ran 21 times for 134 yards (This would be the only time in the 1982 season a Commodore player ran for over 100 yards.) Vandy only totaled 178 yards for the game. However, it was enough to win the game. Cornerback Leonard Coleman picked two interceptions, including a pick in the end zone in the third quarter to save a touchdown.

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 17 7 0 24
Memphis 7 0 0 7 14
  • MS-Hooper 1 run (Ingles kick)
  • VU-Matthews 9 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick)
  • VU-Matthews 15 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick)
  • VU-Anderson 37 field goal
  • VU-Matthews 5 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick)
  • MS-Becton 3 run (Ingles kick)

#11 North Carolina[edit]

Vanderbilt came into Chapel Hill facing the #11 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. Vanderbilt took a 10–3 lead into the second quarter before the Tar Heels tied it back up before half time. The Tar Heels defense was too much for Vandy and did not allow any more points from Vanderbilt. The Tar Heels scored 24 second-half points to Vandy’s 0.

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 10 0 0 0 10
North Carolina 3 7 17 7 34
  • NC-Barwick 25 field goal.
  • VU-Anderson 37 field goal.
  • VU-Jordan 11 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick).
  • NC-Horton 1 run (Barwick kick).
  • NC-Harrison 48 pass from Elkins (Barwick kick).
  • NC-Barwick 32 field goal.
  • NC-Anthony 3 run (Barwick kick).
  • NC-Horton 5 pass from Elkins (Barwick kick).

#4 Alabama[edit]

For the second game in as many weeks, Vandy played a ranked team in #4 Alabama. Vanderbilt scored first with a two-yard run from Whit Taylor. But Alabama would go on to score 24 unanswered points. But the Kurt Page to Allama Matthews combination would make it a close game, scoring 14 points in the third quarter. Vandy had one last gasp in the game, driving close to field goal range, but an intentional grounding penalty put Vandy out of range to score.

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 7 0 14 0 21
Alabama 14 10 0 0 24
  • VU-Taylor 2 run (Anderson kick).
  • UA-Turner 1 run (Kim kick).
  • UA-Lewis 4 run (Kim kick).
  • UA-Kim 37 field goal.
  • UA-Tuner 3 run (Kim kick).
  • VU-Matthews 16 pass from Page (Anderson kick).
  • VU-Matthews 11 pass from Page (Anderson kicke).

Tulane[edit]

Tulane turned the ball over three times to Vanderbilt. Vandy scored 17 points in the first half, holding off the Green Wave late charge to win the 1982 home opener, 24-21. The Green Wave outgained the Commodores by over 100 yards. However, the Vandy defense was able to make turnovers to stall the Green Wave from scoring. The Green Wave almost pulled off the win, but Vandy stopped the last-second effort to win the game.

1 2 3 4 Total
Tulane 7 3 3 8 21
Vanderbilt 7 10 0 7 24
  • TUL-Robinson 2 run (Woods kick)
  • VU-Matthews 9 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick)
  • VU-Anderson 47 field goal
  • TUL-Woods 53 field goal
  • VU-Matthews 9 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick)
  • TUL-Veals 2 run (Smith pass from McKay)

#14 Florida[edit]

The third time was the charm for the 1982 Vanderbilt team as they faced the third ranked team of the season in number 14-ranked Florida Gators. Watson Brown Vandy’s offensive coordinator changed the offense scheme to a one back, installing Jim Popp as a second tight end to try to derail the Florida All-American Wilber Marshall. Whit Taylor was 30 of 47 passing for 287 yards and three touchdowns, running for 64 yards.

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 14 7 8 29
Vanderbilt 7 14 3 7 31
  • VU-Edwards 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • UF-Young 1 run (Gainey kick)
  • UF-Williams 44 run (Gainey kick).
  • VU-Matthews 14 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick)
  • VU-Jordan 8 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick)
  • VU-Anderson 30 field goal
  • VU-Monaco recovers fumble in end zone (Anderson kick)
  • UF-Dixon 11 pass from Peace (Mularkey pass from Peace)

#4 Georgia[edit]

The game “between the hedges” would be the last game for the Commodores to lose for the regular season. Vandy had a 13–10 lead going into the fourth quarter. Terry Hoage picked off Vanderbilt QB Whit Taylor three times in the first half. The Commodores forced Georgia to turn over the ball deep in Georgia territory. Georgia held Vandy to two Ricky Anderson field goals. Georgia scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to secure a Georgia win.

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 6 0 7 0 13
Georgia 0 10 0 17 27
  • VU-Anderson 29 field goal
  • VU-Anderson 28 field goal
  • UG-Lastinger 1 run (Butler kick)
  • UG-Butler 28 field goal
  • VU-Edwards 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • UG-Butler 35 field goal
  • UG-Young 7 run (Butler kick)
  • UG-Walker 26 run (Butler kick)

Ole Miss[edit]

The sixth game of the year Vanderbilt was sporting a .500 record at 3 and 3. Scouts from four bowls were at the game. Ricky Anderson put Vandy ahead with two field goals, one from 49 yards. With Vandy ahead by two points (12–10), Vandy senior linebacker Joe Staley picked off a pass and returned it for forty yards to the Rebel eight. Vandy went on to score from the eight to seal the victory for Vanderbilt and start a five-game regular season winning streak.

1 2 3 4 Total
Ole Miss 0 7 3 0 10
Vanderbilt 6 0 0 13 19
  • VU-Anderson 31 field goal
  • VU-Anderson 49 field goal
  • UM-Humphrey 2 run (Gatlin kick)
  • UM-Gatlin 43 field goal
  • VU-Jordan 11 pass from Taylor (bad snap, conversion failed)
  • VU-Perry 8 pass from Taylor (Anderson)

Kentucky[edit]

Vandy spoiled Kentucky’s homecoming game in front of 56,123 Wildcat fans. A fourth-quarter interception by Vandy free safety Manuel Young stopped a drive that would have given the Wildcats the lead. Fullback Keith Edwards then made a one-hand catch from Whit Taylor for a 31-yard touchdown pass that clinched the game for the Commodores.

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 10 3 0 10 23
Kentucky 0 3 7 0 10
  • VU-Anderson 37 field goal.
  • VU-Matthews 10 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick).
  • UK-Caudell 41 field goal.
  • VU-Anderson 43 field goal.
  • UK-Phillips 11 pass from Jenkins (Caudell kick).
  • VU-Edwards 31 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick).
  • VU-Anderson 44 field goal.

Virginia Tech[edit]

Vandy and Virginia Tech both came into the game at five and three and looking to get a bowl bid. Neither team scored in the first quarter. The second quarter the Commodores woke up and scored 24 points in the second quarter and held the shutout, beating them 45–0. All-American Allama Matthews set a school record by catching four touchdown passes.

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia Tech 0 0 0 0 0
Vanderbilt 0 24 14 7 45
  • VU-Matthews 12 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick).
  • VU-Anderson 49 field goal.
  • VU-Matthews 3 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick).
  • VU-Scott 7 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick)
  • VU-Matthews 7 pass from Patton (Anderson kick).
  • VU-Matthews 30 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick).
  • VU-Perry 65 pass from Page (Anderson kick).

Chattanooga[edit]

Vanderbilt was looking for a sixth win and bowl eligible for the first time since 1974 and the first winning season since 1975. Vanderbilt was expected to run away with the game. However, the Moccasins had other plans. Vanderbilt and UTC were tied at ten going into the fourth quarter. Vandy took advantage of two fumbles by UTC recovered by defensive end Glenn Watson. Vandy kicked an onside kick. Vandy scored 17 points in a 2-minute, 34-second span. UTC plan to stop Vandy’s offence was to rush only two players, and the other nine to drop back or stop the run plays. Ricky Anderson's thirteenth and fourteenth field goals broke the Commodores single-season record held by Mark Adams in 1975.

1 2 3 4 Total
Chattanooga 0 10 0 6 16
Vanderbilt 0 3 7 17 27
  • UTC-Telchmann 28 field goal.
  • UTC-Gillesple 76 pass from Potter (Teichmann kick).
  • VU-Anderson 44 field goal.
  • VU-Matthews 12 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick).
  • VU-Anderson 26 field goal.
  • VU-Edwards 11 run (Anderson kick).
  • VU-Roach 24 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick).
  • UTC-Abbott 1 run (run failed).

Tennessee[edit]

The game was billed as the “Super Bowl of Tennessee” between Vanderbilt and Tennessee. Tickets were reportedly selling for $150.00 each. The game was a sellout; 41,683 fans and 3,800 watched on closed circuit TV. Both teams swapped the lead back and forth; neither team led by more than seven points.

The whole time the game was played it rained, drenching the field. The whole season Taylor took advantage of the short pass. Vanderbilt was able to throw the bomb that won the game. Taylor passed for two 42-yard passes for a touchdown. Whit Taylor made a 65-yard pass to Phil Roach to set up the game-winning one-yard run from Whit Taylor. The run was a quarterback keeper around the right end following a fake to Keith Edwards.

1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 7 7 0 7 21
Vanderbilt 7 7 7 7 28
  • UT-Coleman 3 run (Revelz kick).
  • VU-Perry 42 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick).
  • UT-Jones 1 run (Revelz kick).
  • VU-Scott 6 pas from Taylor (Anderson kick).
  • UT-Jones 42 run (Revelz kick).
  • VU-Taylor 1 run (Anderson kick).


Air Force[edit]

Vanderbilt and Air Force played a tight game for three quarters. Going into the fourth, Vandy was up 28 to 17, looking to come away with victory. But the Air Force pulled away with 19 unanswered points for the 36–28 win.

Vanderbilt QB Whit Taylor was named MVP of the game. Norman Jordan caught 20 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns.

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 7 14 7 0 28
Air Force 7 7 3 19 36
  • VU-Jordan 28 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick).
  • AF-Louthan 1 run (Pavlich kick).
  • AF-Brown 19 run (Pavlich kick).
  • VU-Roach 15 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick)
  • VU-Jordan 4 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick).
  • AF-Pavlich 21 field goal.
  • VU-Jordan 4 pass from Taylor (Anderson kick).
  • AF-Sundquist 3 run (pass failed).
  • AF-Kershner 3 run (pass failed).
  • AF-Louthan 46 run (Pavlich kick).

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Allama Matthews Tight end 12 322 Atlanta
Jim Arnold Punter 5 119 Kansas City

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vanderbilt Official Athletic Site - Football". Vucommodores.com. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  2. ^ "1983 NFL Draft Listing | Pro-Football-Reference.com".