From Vanderbilt Athletics –
NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur completed 15-of-18 passes for 202 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to lead the Commodores to a 42-0 victory over Alabama A&M on Saturday.
Playing their home opener on a gorgeous afternoon in Nashville, the Commodores (2-0) set the tone early, scoring touchdowns on five of their first six possessions while storming out to a 35-0 halftime lead. Shurmur was 12-of-12 for 175 yards, including touchdown passes of 10, 45 and 25 yards, in the opening half.
The Vanderbilt defense — which posted its first shutout since a 40-0 win against Kentucky on Nov. 5, 2012 — limited the Bulldogs (0-2) to 103 yards of total offense. Vanderbilt did not surrender a first down in the opening half while holding A&M to 38 total yards.
Trent Sherfield finished with four catches for a game-high 69 yards, highlighted by a 25-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Jared Pinkney caught four passes for 51 yards, including a 10-yard TD pass in the first quarter and a 23-yard scoring reception in the third.
Shurmur, who sat out much of the second half, has now thrown seven touchdowns in the first two games of the season for the Commodores.
The win was Vanderbilt’s first victory in a home opener since 2011.