Vanderbilt overwhelms Austin Peay 38-3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austyn Carta-Samuels ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Vanderbilt beat Austin Peay 38-3 Saturday night.

Leading 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Commodores opened the game up in the second, scoring touchdowns on four straight possessions.

Carta-Samuels, making his third career start for Vanderbilt, had a 1-yard touchdown run with 9:23 remaining in the second. Later on in the quarter, he connected with receiver Jordan Matthews on a 39-yard touchdown play.

A week after posting a career-high 178 receiving yards against Mississippi, Matthews caught six balls for 111 yards. The senior has caught a touchdown pass in his last seven games.

Vanderbilt has scored at least 35 points in its last five games.

Carta-Samuels' second rushing touchdown came with 24 seconds remaining in the first half following an Austin Peay fumble deep inside its own territory.

Playing just the first half, Carta-Samuels finished 14-of-22 passing for 223 yards and the one touchdown.

Austin Peay failed to earn a first down in the first half. The Governors finished with just 139 yards of offense in the game.

After dropping its season opener last Thursday at home against Mississippi, Vanderbilt (1-1) evened its record.

In addition to Carta-Samuels' pair of touchdown runs, Vanderbilt also had rushing touchdowns from Brian Kimbrow and Jerron Seymour.

Playing their second SEC opponent in as many weeks, the Governors (0-2), from the Ohio Valley Conference, lost their 18th consecutive road game. With their one field goal, they did avoid being shut out in back-to-back contests. Prior to last week, Austin Peay had not been blanked in 84 straight games, dating back to 2005.

Vanderbilt is 13-0-1 all-time against opponents from the OVC, and they are 16-1 all-time versus Football Championship Subdivision teams.

Separated by just 50 miles, it was the first-ever meeting between the schools.

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