Northwestern jumped out to a 10–0 lead in the first half led by first year starting QB Dan Persa. Vanderbilt scored its first TD late in the first half on a TD run by Warren Norman, but the extra point was missed. Vanderbilt scored a field goal as time expired in the first half to make the score 10–9. Persa threw for another TD in the 3rd quarter to extend the lead to 17–9. Vanderbilt rallied late in the 3rd quarter on a 36 yard pass from Larry Smith to TE Brandon Barden, but Vanderbilt could not convert the two point conversion that would have tied the game, making the score 17–15 at the end of the third quarter. Persa added a third TD pass in the 4th quarter, but the extra point was not converted due to a mishandled snap, keeping the margin to one possession. Vanderbilt later blocked a Northwestern field goal attempt and scored late in the 4th quarter, but was unable to convert again on the two point play to tie the game at 23–23. Vanderbilt nearly got a final possession in the game, after appearing to stop Persa short of a first down on 3rd and 6 with under two minutes remaining, but Vanderbilt was flagged for an illegal hit, allowing Northwestern to run out the clock.
After an uneventful first quarter in which neither offense could put a drive together, LSU scored early in the second quarter off of a 30 yard run by Russell Shepard. LSU added a field goal as time expired in the first half to increase the lead to 10–0. Vanderbilt scored a field goal on their first possession of the second half and then got the ball back off of an interception thrown by Jordan Jefferson. Vanderbilt, however, failed to produce on offense for the remainder of the game, with all further drives resulting in punts. LSU added a field goal and two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to end the game with the score 27–3. Vanderbilt struggled on offense throughout the game, producing just 4.4 yards per pass and 2 yards per rush against a solid LSU defense.
After a defense-dominated first quarter in which both teams ended all drives with punts, Vanderbilt put together a 13-play 96 yard drive capped off by at 35 yard run by Zac Stacey for at touchdown. Vanderbilt increased their lead to 14–0 after returning a Jeremiah Masoli interception for a touchdown later in the second quarter. Ole Miss bounced back, scoring a touchdown on their next drive to put the score at 14–7 at the half. The Rebels tied the game in the third quarter on a 28 yard run by Masoli, but the Commodores immediately answered on their next possession with a 80 yard touchdown run by Warren Norman. Larry Smith added a 15 yard touchdown rush in the 4th quarter while the Vanderbilt defense shut out the Rebels for the remainder of the game to give the Commodores the win 28–14.