Vanderbilt quarterback Larry Smith (10) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Elon on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Larry Smith threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, and Vanderbilt beat Elon 45-14 Saturday night in coach James Franklin's debut with the Commodores.
Franklin showed his willingness to gamble with the team considered the worst in the Southeastern Conference, going for it on fourth down three times to keep drives alive scoring 17 points. Smith converted the second on fourth-and-3, running 16 yards for a TD.
The win snapped a seven-game skid for the Commodores who scored more points than they did in all but two games last season. When Trey Wilson picked off a pass and ran it 21 yards for a TD after Smith's second score, Vandy had almost as many points in 14 seconds as they averaged (16.9) per game in 2010.
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