Lincoln County's Brandon Barden caught the winning touchdown pass last night as the Vanderbilt Commodores upset the #13 Auburn Tigers 14-13 in Nashville. The #19 Commodores, 5-0 for the first time since World War II, should improve their poll ranking this week.
The big #87 caught 4 passes for 20 yards, with the longest being 12. He also made several key blocks during the game that was the focus of ESPN's GameDay roadshow.
[Backup QB Mackenzi] Adams threw a 1-yard pass to tight end Brandon Barden at the back of the end zone. He was well-covered by defenders, but Adams took advantage of the redshirt freshman's 6-5 height for the score.
"He was open quickly, but I wasn't ready to throw it," Adams said. "It was a little of a dangerous throw, but he went up high for it. It helps when guys help you out."
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For the season, Brandon has caught 8 passes for 84 yards (10.5 yard average) with two touchdowns. The first TD was also on national TD, against South Carolina opening week.
Barden, as a red-shirt freshman, splits playing time at tight-end with senior Jake Bradford. Commodore website: VUCommodores.com
Russell photos: see photos 5, 9, and 10
Howell photos: see photos 2
AP photos: see photos 2, 12, and 13