by Barca Blog - I'm back with another edition of the Commodore Time Machine.
The front of the 1988 media guide featured senior quarterback Eric Jones (It's Showtime!), who received preseason Heisman hype after leading the SEC and ranking in the nation's top 10 in total offense and passing efficiency the previous season.
Vanderbilt opened the year against Mississippi State at Dudley Field. Trailing 13-10 lead going into the fourth quarter, the Commodores went ahead when Jones hit senior receiver Boo Mitchell for a 48-yard touchdown pass.
The Bulldogs responded with a touchdown of its own, but Vanderbilt took the lead for good when Mitchell hauled in a 50-yard scoring strike, this time from junior quarterback (and current Commodore color analyst) John Gromos. Gromos' only play of the day proved to be the game-winner.
The Commodores used two late defensive stands in the final three minutes to hold off the Bulldogs, 24-20.
Jones went on to lead the SEC in total offense for the second consecutive year, while Mitchell earned All-American status after breaking what once was the conference career receiving yardage record (2,964).
Bonus: Here's an action shot of Gromos