This was a clinic for the punters. Vanderbilt's Brett Upson averaged 48 yards, booting four 50-plus punts and twice pinning USC at its own 1. USC's Spencer Lanning averaged 42.2 yards, pinning Vanderbilt at its 3 late in the game.
The middle linebacker led USC with seven solo tackles and 12 total, after tying Chris Culliver for the team lead at Alabama. The undersized sophomore continues to improve after replacing the injured Rodney Paulk, lost for the season in the opener.
Neither team gave the ball away, which startled USC coach Steve Spurrier. "I'm trying to see here, and I see something that I can't remember ever seeing: Neither team had a turnover."
Each team gave up three sacks, and there were more hurries. USC shifted around its offensive line at halftime - left tackle Kyle Nunn was benched, Jarriel King moved to left tackle, Lemuel Jeanpierre over to left guard and Garrett Anderson was put in at center. But the troubles continued.
It took more than five minutes to review whether a Vanderbilt incompletion was really a fumble. But it only mattered for the spot, since Vandy recovered, and it was going to be fourth down with a little more than a minute left. Taking so much time for such a minor point caused the fans to boo.
- Seth Emerson