Wake Forest Week – Vanderbilt University Athletics – Official Athletics Site

• Vanderbilt are set to host Wake Forest on Saturday after picking up their second win of the campaign in the home opener against Elon. The Commodores cruised to a 42-31 victory over the Phoenix to improve to 2-0 on the season. Vandy last started a 2-0 season in 2018.

• This week’s match pits the head coach against Clark Lea against one of his former schools. Lea coached linebackers for Wake Forest during the 2016 season as part of Dave Clawson’s staff.

• Junior Quarterback mike wright accounted for a program-best six touchdowns in the win over Elon — four assists and two rushing. He became the first-ever Vanderbilt quarterback to tally six scores in a single game.

• First-year student Jayden McGowan had his first career 100-yard receiving game against Elon. McGowan finished the contest with four catches for 116 yards and a touchdown, and was named SEC Rookie of the Week on Monday.

• Senior running back Ray Davis had a career day against the Phoenix. He rushed for 95 yards on 20 carries, both of which are highs for his time at Vanderbilt.

• The Commodore defense forced its third turnover of the season with a fumble recovery against Elon. With three fumble recoveries this season, Vandy has already matched his 2021 total fumble recoveries.

• The Vandy offense is averaging 52.5 points per game at the start of the week. The Dores have scored 42 or more points in consecutive games for the first time since 2005.

• The Commodores’ 63 points in the season opener in Hawaii scored the most for the program since Vanderbilt beat Davidson, 63-8, in 1969. The 53-point victory was the program’s biggest since a 58-0 win over Presbyterian on September 1. 17, 2012.

• The Dores had a pair of defensive touchdowns against the Rainbow Warriors, returning two fumbles for the scores. It was the first time Vanderbilt had multiple defensive scores since the Commodore defense scored twice against LSU on Sept. 21, 2019.

• Vanderbilt has chosen eight team captains for the 2022 campaign: Ethan Barr, Ben Bresnahan, Daevion Davis, Jaylen Mahoney, Elijah McAllister, Anfernee Orji, Gavin Schoenwald and mike wright.

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