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Vanderbilt races past Arkansas in 45-31 victory

The Commodores took command in the second half.

Vanderbilt v Arkansas Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Vanderbilt Commodores racked up their fourth victory on Saturday, as they inch closer to bowl eligibility. The Commodores soundly defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 45-31 in a game in which they took complete command of in the second half.

Vandy scored 24 of their 45 points in the second half, including a 21-point outburst in the 4th quarter. They were primarily efforted by Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Khari Blasingame. Vaughn had three rushing touchdowns in the game and two of them came in the final quarter. Blasingame added on one of his own in the final minute and 20 seconds to put the exclamation point on the win.

Vaughn finished with 172 yards on the ground while Blasingame had 46.

It was otherwise pushed ahead by Jared Pinkney. Pinkney had two receiving touchdowns in the first half, one on a 40-yard reception. He had a game-high 93 yards on a team-high five receptions.

Arkansas’ performance was solid enough, just not quite enough to get a win. Ty Storey threw for 240 yards while going 23-for-36 on pass attempts. He tossed two touchdowns, one to Cheyenne O’Grady and another to Tyson Morris, but also threw two picks. Those interceptions landed in the hands of Joejuan Williams and Louis Vecchio.

Vanderbilt heads to Columbia in two weeks to play the Missouri Tigers, while the Razorbacks play the LSU Tigers in two weeks, as well.