FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Vanderbilt needed 45 minutes to wear down Massachusetts and set up a dominant fourth quarter.
The Commodores scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and held the Minutemen to just 17 yards of offense in the final period, pulling away late for a 24-7 win on Saturday.
Austyn Carta-Samuels threw for two touchdowns and Jerron Seymour added a 1-yard touchdown run with 4:41 left in the game to seal the win for Vanderbilt (2-2).
"The 11 of us weren't getting it quite like we should have in the first three quarters, then I think in the fourth we got into a rhythm," said Carta-Samuels, who completed 18 of 27 passes for 219 yards and rushed for 38 more.
Carta-Samuels also caught a pass for a 21-yard gain that set up his 11-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews to put the Commodores up 17-7 with 13:44 left to play.
Vanderbilt gained 167 of its 406 total yards in the fourth quarter and possessed the ball for 10:47, stifling any hopes the Minutemen (0-4) had for a late rally.
Seymour, who rushed for 56 yards on 15 attempts, said running plays that were going two yards in the first half started opening up for big gains at the end.
"The O-line up front just got a push and they just kept blocking," Seymour said. "I can't credit them enough."
Wesley Tate helped wear down UMass with 14 carries for 64 yards and Jonathan Krause finished with 105 yards receiving on six catches, including a 42-yard pass from Carta-Samuels to put Vanderbilt up 7-0 with 4:34 left in the first quarter.
A.J. Doyle finished 20 of 28 for 133 yards and a touchdown for the Minutemen, who trailed 10-7 at halftime.
Doyle's 4-yard touchdown pass to Tajae Sharpe tied it at 7-7 with 1:49 left in the second period. It was the first time this season UMass scored in the second quarter, as Doyle methodically drove the offense 75 yards on 14 plays.
"It's about making the right reads and most of the time the first guy in my progression was open," Doyle said. "There will be chances we take to go deep, but as long as the defense will give me five yards to throw the ball, I will take it."