Illinois fans probably missed Ke’Shawn Vaughn quite a bit last night. The former Illini running back had a career performance in Vanderbilt’s Texas Bowl game against Baylor on Thursday night.
Vaughn rushed for a career-high 243 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries in the Texas Bowl. Both of his touchdown runs exceeded 60 yards, too.
His first touchdown came on a 68-yard run in the first quarter. His second came a quarter later, toting the ball 69 yards to the end zone. Vaughn also had a run of 66 yards in the game.
Ke'Shawn Vaughn led the SEC in yards per carry. Learn his name. 💨💨💨pic.twitter.com/36eOc9HD26
— MyBookie Sportsbook (@betmybookie) December 28, 2018
He. Could. Go. All. The. Way. AGAIN!!
Can't stop Ke'Shawn Vaughn. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/aKC8lTmV3Q
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 28, 2018
Unfortunately for Vanderbilt, Vaughn’s huge performance wasn’t enough to get a win in the Texas Bowl, falling to Baylor 45-38. Still, it was an explosive ending to a tremendous season.
Vaughn ended the season with 1,244 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. He also had 13 receptions for 170 yards and two scores.
That season is quite different than the ones he enjoyed while in Champaign. In two years with the Illini, Vaughn totaled 1,024 yards and eight touchdowns. He transferred after the 2016 campaign.
Even if it wasn’t in an Illinois uniform, it was nice to see Vaughn showcase his incredible ability this postseason.