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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt went to its running game to make an impressive comeback against Tennessee State.After falling behind by three points late in the first half, the Commodores rattled off three unanswered touchdowns en route to a 35-17 win over Tennessee State on Saturday.The biggest thing was being ahead of the chains, being good on first and second downs so you dont have to be in those bad situations, Commodores quarterback Kyle Shurmur said. So if like were in third and short its so much better than third-and-8 or third-and-9.Vanderbilts Ralph Webb rushed for 125 yards and Khari Blasingame ran for 100 and three touchdowns.It felt good just to be out there making plays, Blasingame said. Those offensive linemen, they really did a good job moving people. Those holes were huge. You could have put a truck through those things.Shurmur completed 15 of 23 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown, giving Vanderbilt (4-4) its fifth homecoming win in the past six years. Vanderbilt fell behind 17-14 late in the first half before the rattling off three straight touchdowns.Ronald Butler completed 19 of 30 passes for 285 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for Tennessee State (5-2) in the second all-time meeting between the Nashville schools that are only three miles apart.Patrick Smith caught seven passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers, ranked 25th in the FCS polls.Butler got Tennessee State off to a great start by throwing two touchdown passes to Smith on the Tigers first two possessions, including a 93-yarder on the games opening possession. But Tennessee State was unable to make it stand as it gave up 350 rushing yards to the Commodores.I thought defensively we struggled in the first half, Commodores coach Derek Mason said. It was a rough start, but offensively, I thought they came on and did a really good job of answering back.Vanderbilt took its first lead at 21-17 with 1:46 left in the half after Darrius Sims had a 33-yard run to the 3 and Blasingame punched it in to cap a five-play, 78-yard drive.Ralph Webbs 49-yard run up the middle to the Tigers 24 got Vanderbilt off to a good start on the first play from scrimmage of the second half.Blasingames third touchdown, this one from 4 yards, increased the Commodores lead to 28-17 with 12:54 left in the third quarter.The Commodores Ryan White forced a fumble and Dare Odeyingbo recovered at the Vandy 30 early in the fourth quarter and Trent Sherfields 14-yard run capped the scoring for Vanderbilt with 6:08 left.Their personnel out-bigged us; they play big boy football, Tigers coach Rod Reed said. They brought three tight ends in at times and were able to run the power and lean on us a bit. (Vanderbilt) did what we thought they would do, we just missed some tackles.The Tigers fell to 0-3 against FBS opponents.THE TAKEAWAYTennessee State: The Tigers got off to a good start, leading for much of the first half, but the Commodores wore down Tennessee State with its running game. Tennessee State was able to move the ball with 410 yards of total offense but they gave up 501.Vanderbilt: The Commodores enjoyed their best running game of the season, rushing for 358 yards as Ralph Webb and Khari Blasingame both broke the 100-yard mark. The Commodores won their second straight game to reach the .500 mark.UP NEXTTennessee State: The Tigers visit Murray State next Saturday.Vanderbilt: The Commodores have a bye next week before visiting Auburn on Nov. 5. Cheap Baltimore Ravens Jerseys . 10 Texas A&Ms offence dominated as usual against SMU. Cheap Atlanta Falcons Jerseys . 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Then again, they were that when the preseason ended.And weve seen some player meltdowns (Odell Beckham Jr., Bills vs. Patriots) that should be troubling the league office.A look at the first four weeks, what they mean, and what might be ahead:REVIVALSStart with the Eagles (3-0), Rams (3-1) and Raiders (3-1).Whats going on in Philly is more like a throwback after Chip Kellys system worked temporarily. With rookie sensation Carson Wentz performing like a veteran star, a revitalized defense led by Fletcher Cox, and harmony everywhere, this is a story with staying power. The NFC East has no members with a losing record, but dont be fooled, its still a mediocre division. If the Eagles come back strong from the bye as they play four of their next five on the road -- including visits to all three division foes -- stamp them legitimate.Oakland was pegged by many as a playoff challenger as GM Reggie McKenzie has rebuilt the roster superbly. The Raiders are winning despite a sieve of a defense, and with Khalil Mack and David Amerson on hand, that unit should improve. Still, hanging with Denver seems too much to ask.The Rams are a feel-good story everywhere except in St. Louis. The franchise move has had little negative impact, and after an awful opener, Jeff Fishers group looks like a wild-card contender even without top overall pick QB Jared Goff on the field.REGRESSIONSIts gotten ugly early in Arizona, Carolina, Indianapolis, Miami, New Orleans, Detroit and the Jersey Meadowlands. All of those teams -- the Jets in the Big Apple -- are 1-3.Most alarming is seeing the Panther s and Cardinals down with the dregs of the league. Hey, they played for the NFC title in January, and now they have quarterbacks who have concussion issues, defenses that are stumbling around, and a division rival (Atlanta in the NFC South, Seattle in the NFC West) with a solid lead on them.Look for both to make turnarounds, although not approaching the success we saw from them last season.Injuries have also caused some of the other regressions, though the talent base with the Lions and Jets signals that they should be doing better. Not so in the Big Easy, where playing defense apparently is too hard, or in Indy, where being down on your Luck usually means Colts QB Andrew Luck has been sacked. Those problems figure to continue.INDIVIDUAL STANDOUTSSome of the guys wed expect to excel are doing just that, boosting their teams toward the top of the standings. 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Try ball-hawking cornerback Marcus Peters in Kansas City, punt returner Jamison Crowder in Washington, sacks demon Kerry Hyder in Detroit, running back Isaiah Crowell in Cleveland and receiver Stefon Diggs in Minnesota.THE KIDSThe 2016 rookie crop is already looking quite sharp.In todays NFL, with salary cap restraints, lack of patience by ownership and significant injuries, its imperative that the newcomers make an impact. Weve seen that happen with Wentz in Philly, QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas, receiver Michael Thomas in New Orleans, CB Jalen Ramsey and DE Yannick Ngakoue in Jacksonville, and LBs Deion Jones in Atlanta and Sua Cravens in Washington.SIDELINE BRILLIANCE AND BRAINLESSNESSIn the case of the Mikes, Minnesotas Zimmer already has one hand on the APs Coach of the Year award, and San Diegos McCoy already has one foot out the door.Sure, its only one month into a season that ends on New Years Day. To argue that we havent already seen some superb coaching and some inept decision making would be ignoring the results.Zimmer has the Vikings at 4-0 without the NFLs best running back, Adrian Peterson, and his regular quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater.The trade for Sam Bradford looks canny as long as the oft-injured QB can stay healthy. But Zimmers work gives you the feeling he can make things stay positive under most any circumstance.McCoys Chargers have become adept at blowing leads, and not only because of the execution on the field.Some coaches to keep an eye on over the next quarter of the season:Doug Pederson -- Can he keep the Eagles on track?Chuck Pagano -- Can he get the Colts back on track in a weak division?Dan Quinn -- Atlanta started 6-1 last season and finished 8-8. 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