Painful remembrance

Vanderbilt safety Andrew Williamson recalls Jeff Scott’s late touchdown run that snatched victory from the Commodores on the opening night of the 2013 season.

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The Rebels took over with about a minute and half left but Scott’s run came so fast that Vanderbilt had time to pressure Ole Miss one more time before Cody Prewitt’s interception sealed the deal.

Here’s Vanderbilt defensive lineman Adam Butler:

“I couldn’t believe it. I was disappointed in the fact that we didn’t pursue to the football and finish which we had been practicing all week. All week all we did was run to the football. We did pursuit drills twice at practice for plays like that. I couldn’t believe it when we gave up that long touchdown run.

I heared many excuses like I thought he was going to go out of bounds and stuff like that. It was disappointing to sit there and watch that again, because they played it about 10 times. They kept re-winding it, going through each player and telling them what they could have done differently.”

From the way tight end Stephen Scheu described it, there was definitely an emotional toll for Vanderbilt.

“It was tough. Nobody was saying anyting. The coaches were trying to be as upbeat as possible, and that was tough to do. Guys were crushed … crushed. We put everything we had into that game and that was tough for us as a team.”

Obviously the Commodores were able to bounce back. They went on to win nine games.

Now they have a new coach in Derek Mason and new schemes on both offense and defense.

But when Ole Miss visits Nashville on Sept. 13 — the game will be played at the Titans’ LP Field — there will be a little extra motivation for Vanderbilt.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was disappointed in the fact that we didn’t pursue to the football and finish which we had been practicing all week. All week all we did was run to the football. We did pursuit drills twice at practice for plays like that. I couldn’t believe it when we gave up that long touchdown run,” Butler said.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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