Doster's Yardage Performance Against Ole Miss Tops Nation, Establishes New Team, SEC Records 9/23/02

Kwane Doster, a true freshman from Tampa, Florida, established two Vanderbilt single-game records after an incredible performance in the Commodores' narrow 45-38 loss at Ole Miss.

Doster accounted for 344 all-purpose yards - 243 yards as a kick returner and 101 yards as a tailback. Both marks are national single-game highs, and eclipse Vanderbilt team records.

Dosterís 344 all-purpose yards is the most productive game ever by a Commodore, surpassing the 321-yard rushing performance by Frank Mordica against Air Force in 1978.

"It was great to see Kwane have that kind of production, and it was great for our team," Coach Bobby Johnson said. "I'd say that was a pretty good day's work."

Dosterís 243 return yards is the highest single-game total in the Southeastern Conference this season, and propelled him to the top of the SEC's all-purpose performers. He also ranks ninth nationally with 684 total yards - 225 yards rushing, three yards receiving and 456 yards on kickoff returns.

The 243-yard total in kickoff returns is a new SEC and team record. The previous SEC mark of 197 yards was set in 1984 by Kerry Goode, a former Alabama Crimson Tide player. The former Vanderbilt record of 168 yards was held by Doug Mathews against Florida in 1969.

His return performance was highlighted by a 95-yard kickoff return late in the third quarter that sparked Vanderbilt's rally from a 21-point deficit. It equalled the fifth-longest return in VU history.

Doster, who rushed for 353 yards as a prep senior last year, was just as productive at running back. He set personal highs in rushing yardage (101), rushing attempts (15) and longest carry (25 yards). Doster scored his first collegiate touchdown - from 24 yards - in the second quarter.



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