Head coach James Franklin and the Vanderbilt Commodores held off a resurgent Houston Cougars team in the second half of the BBVA Compass Bowl to cruise their way to a 41-24 victory on Saturday to cap their season.
Vanderbilt completely dominated the first half en route to a 24-0 lead.
The second half, though, was a different story as the high-paced Houston offense fought all the way back to tie things up at 24, scoring every point in the third quarter, before Vanderbilt took things back over by not allowing anything else from the Cougars in the final 15 minutes.
In replace of the injured Austyn-Carta Samuels, Patton Robinette didn’t have a breakout performance at quarterback, but he did just enough to keep Vandy in this one, throwing for 154 yards on 6-of-19 passing with two scores.
Vandy was led on the ground by the rushing duo of Jerron Seymour and Brian Kimbrow. Seymour finished the afternoon with 89 yards on 20 carries while Kimbrow added in 75 yards on 13 touches in helping the Commodores to their ninth win of the season.
Now, the only question remains is whether or not this was the last time we see Franklin coaching on the Vandy sidelines as his name has been running rampant as a top candidate for jobs at the NFL and collegiate level.