In his final game for the Vanderbilt Commodores, senior receiver Jordan Matthews proved once again how good he can be catching the football. His big plays over the top helped Vandy put the Houston Cougars away early as they ran away with the BBVA Compass Bowl in a 41-24 romp on Saturday. It was another great chapter for Matthews with the Commodores as he leaves the school as one of the best ever.
Matthews broke the game open early with a 50-yard touchdown catch to open up the scoring early on. He capped the scoring in the first half with another 50-yard touchdown strike that put Vandy up 24-0 at the break and on their way to the easy win. The senior finished the day with five catches for 143 yards and the two touchdown strikes, providing a consistent deep threat for quarterback Patton Robinette.
He finishes his final season with Vanderbilt with 112 receptions for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns as a key piece to the Commodores’ 9-4 record in 2013. He leaves the school with 262 career receptions for 3,759 yards and 24 touchdowns over four seasons with back-to-back seasons of over 1,300-yards receiving. He will head to the NFL this spring as one of the top wide receiver prospects in the draft with the SEC career record for receiving yards.
Matthews’ departure from Vanderbilt will likely coincide with a great deal of transition for the program. In addition to losing their best receiver in the program’s history, head coach James Franklin is reportedly a finalist for the Penn State Nittany Lions head coaching job as well as getting connected to many openings in the NFL.