Last second field goal lifts Vandy to victory

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — – Vanderbilt kicker Joseph Bulovas kicked a 31-yard field goal as time ran out for a 30-28 win over UConn on Saturday night.

It was the second time in the game that Vanderbilt overcame a lead in Connecticut. Connecticut opened with field goals from 38 and 44 yards by Joe McFadden on the first two drives for a 6-0 lead. A pair of touchdowns in the final 5:21 gave Connecticut a 28-27 lead.

Vanderbilt wide receiver Will Sheppard caught touchdown passes with one each in the second and fourth quarters. It was his first two touchdown receptions of his career, as he had seven catches for 113 yards.

The return of Rocko Griffin Jr.’s first career rushing touchdown came on a 1-yard run with four minutes left in the second quarter to give Vanderbilt a 17-16 lead at the half.

Neither team scored in the third quarter.

The Commodores are 2/3 and ended a seven-game home loss streak. Connecticut falls back to 0-6, the Huskies’ 10th consecutive loss dating back to 2019. The team did not play in 2020.


UConn: Penalties were a big deal for the Huskies with 12 for 93 yards, including a personal foul in the first half that resulted in a player being ejected.

Vanderbilt: In the second quarter, Safety Max Worship intercepted a pass to fiddle the ball back to Connecticut while trying to run it back. It was Worship’s first career interception and gave the Commodores interceptions in back-to-back games against Purdue and LSU for the first time since 2019.


Connecticut is en route in Massachusetts on Saturday.

Vanderbilt kicks off a series of seven consecutive SEC games with a trip to Florida.


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