2005 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

The 2005 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Commodores offense scored 299 points while the defense allowed 321 points. Led by head coach Bobby Johnson in his 4th year, the Commodores won their first four games of the season but finished the season with only five wins.

2005 Vanderbilt Commodores football
Vanderbilt Commodores logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2005 record5–6 (3–5 SEC)
Head coachBobby Johnson (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorTed Cain (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorBruce Fowler (4th season)
Captain
Home stadiumVanderbilt Stadium
(Capacity: 39,773)
Seasons
← 2004
2006 →
2005 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 10 Georgia x$   6 2         10 3  
South Carolina   5 3         7 5  
No. 12 Florida   5 3         9 3  
Vanderbilt   3 5         5 6  
Tennessee   3 5         5 6  
Kentucky   2 6         3 8  
Western Division
No. 5 LSU xy   7 1         11 2  
No. 14 Auburn x   7 1         9 3  
No. 8 Alabama   6 2         10 2  
Arkansas   2 6         4 7  
Mississippi State   1 7         3 8  
Ole Miss   1 7         3 8  
Championship: Georgia 34, LSU 14
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama had all victories vacated by the NCAA in 2010. As such, the official record for Alabama is 0–2 (0–2).
Rankings from AP Poll

This was Jay Cutler's senior year. The leading receiver was Earl Bennett. Also on the team: Jonathan Goff, Thomas Welch and Chris Williams.

Vanderbilt started out with 4 wins and looked to make it 5 for the first time since the 1940s with a win over in state MTSU. The game was close and down to the last play of the game, but a failed Vanderbilt field goal attempt allowed MTSU to come away with the win. Vanderbilt then proceeded to drop its next 5 games and fall out of Bowl eligibility.

Positively, the season ended on a high-note as Vanderbilt recorded its first win over the rival Tennessee Volunteers since 1982- and their first win at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium since 1975- by defeating the Volunteers 28-24 on November 19. Vanderbilt's historic victory eliminated Tennessee from Bowl eligibility. Jay Cutler was later named SEC Offensive Player of the Year and drafted 11th overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2006 NFL Draft the following Spring.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16:00 p.m.at Wake Forest*ESPNUW 24–2025,384
September 106:00 p.m.at ArkansasW 28–2468,215
September 1711:30 a.m.Ole MissJPSW 31–2334,837
September 246:00 p.m.Richmond*
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
W 37–1338,446
October 16:00 p.m.Middle Tennessee State* 
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
ESPNGPL 15–1737,257
October 86:00 p.m.No. 11 LSU
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
ESPN2L 6–3437,309
October 156:15 p.m.No. 5 Georgia
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN (rivalry)
ESPN2L 17–3438,822
October 222:30 p.m.at South CarolinaESPNGPL 28–3576,427
November 56:15 p.m.at No. 13 FloridaESPN2L 42–49 OT90,140
November 121:00 p.m.Kentucky
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN (rivalry)
L 43–4829,506
November 1911:30 a.m.at TennesseeJPSW 28–24107,487
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Jay Cutler Quarterback 1 11 Denver Broncos

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