College Football
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Vanderbilt vs Houston
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 4, 2014
Where: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

BBVA COMPASS BOWL STORYLINES

1. Houston and Vanderbilt meet at the BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., on Jan. 4 without important pieces of the offense. Commodores senior quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels, who started the last three regular-season games, will not play after having surgery on his left knee. Houston offensive coordinator Doug Meacham took the same position at Texas Christian after the regular season, leaving assistant head coach Travis Bush to return to play-calling duties.

2. Vanderbilt extended its streak to nine straight November wins, finishing the regular season with four straight victories - including the last two by a combined six points. The Cougars lost all four of their games by seven points or fewer, including three straight in November before ending the season with a 34-0 victory over Southern Methodist.

3. The Houston defense - ranked first in the country in takeaways (40) and turnover margin (plus-25) - will have its hands full with Jordan Matthews, the SEC's record-breaking receiver. The Cougars also have a 1,000-yard receiver in Deontay Greenberry.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Vanderbilt -2.5

ABOUT VANDERBILT (8-4, 4-4 SEC): Redshirt freshman Patton Robinette (40-of-69, 488 yards, two touchdowns, six rushing scores) made two starts for the Commodores, who are playing in their third straight bowl game for the first time in school history. Matthews broke his own single-season school record with 1,334 yards and owns Vanderbilt and SEC marks for career receptions (257), career yards (3,616), 100-yard games (18) and single-season receptions (107). Carta-Samuels, who injured his knee Oct. 19 and missed two games before returning, had the surgery after the regular season ended so he would be ready to participate in this spring's pro day activities.

ABOUT HOUSTON (8-4, 5-3 American Athletic Conference): Freshman John O'Korn, who started the last 10 games, went 239-of-399 for 2,889 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Adrian McDonald had five of the team's 23 interceptions and Trevon Stewart recovered six of the 17 fumbles. Bush called plays for 11 games in 2012 and was promoted to offensive coordinator - the Cougars' seventh in six years - Dec. 6.

PREDICTION: Vanderbilt 24, Houston 20

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Vanderbilt 8-4 W4 29.2 24.7 5-2 3-2 2-2 0-0 4-4
Houston 8-4 W1 33.9 20.2 4-2 4-2 6-2 0-0 5-3
Last Meeting
Vanderbilt Houston
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Vanderbilt N/A
Houston N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Vanderbilt N/A
Houston N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Vanderbilt N/A
Houston N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
Vanderbilt N/A
Houston N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Vanderbilt A. Carta-Samuels 68.7 2268 11 9
Houston J. O'Korn 59.9 2889 26 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Vanderbilt J. Seymour 144 627 4.4 13
Houston R. Jackson 137 655 4.8 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Vanderbilt J. Matthews 107 1334 12.5 5
Houston D. Greenberry 76 1106 14.6 10
Touchdowns Player TD
Vanderbilt J. Seymour 13
Houston D. Greenberry 10
Quickchart Matchup
Vanderbilt Off vs  Houston Def
366.7 yards
420 yards
3.5 yards/rush
3.5 yards/rush
7.9 yards/attempt
7 yards/attempt
Houston Off vs  Vanderbilt Def
422.5 yards
352.3 yards
4.1 yards/rush
4.1 yards/rush
7.3 yards/attempt
6.1 yards/attempt