Commodores win 34-13 because they had better athletes, and those athletes made big plays. Chris Nickson took over with a long strike to Sean Walker and then a short TD strike to Walker. He had a bunch of dazzling runs, finishing with 166 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
DJ Moore took over in the first half, too, with an interception then a sack and then on the next play a 91-yard punt return that fell inches short of paydirt.
Final yardage was close (360 VU to 340 Mia) but Commodores had 269 yards on the ground and held the Redhawk QB to 19-42-3 and 250 yards. Also converted 8 of 15 third downs compared to 4 of 15 for the Hawks.
A nice win. We needed this one to have a winning season and we'll see what happens next.
Next up: South Carolina next Thursday on ESPN.