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VU dominates WF; earns bowl eligibility
N.C. (AP) - Zac Stacy ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns and
Vanderbilt became bowl-eligible by beating sluggish Wake Forest 41-7 on
Quarterback Jordan Rodgers had 229 total yards
for the Commodores (6-6). Rodgers threw for 139 yards and one touchdown
and ran for 90 more.
Stacy scored on runs of 1 and 20 yards in
the second quarter as Vanderbilt built a 20-point halftime lead, then
iced the win for Vanderbilt with his 40-yard TD run midway through the
Larry Smith, the Commodores' former starting
QB, also hit a 45-yard flanker option pass for a score, and Ryan Fowler
made field goals of 33 and 30 yards, as Vanderbilt became bowl-eligible
for the first time since 2008.
Tanner Price threw for
157 yards and one touchdown before coming out of the game late in the
fourth quarter for the Demon Deacons (6-6), who had their
lowest-scoring game of the season.
Aided by Wake Forest
mistakes, Vanderbilt drove into the Demon Deacons' red zone on its
first two possessions but came away with only Fowler's field goals for
a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
Wake Forest finally got its
offense going near the end of the first quarter. Price hit 4 of 5
passes on a 10-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 10-yarder to Terence
Davis in the back of the end zone for a 7-6 Demon Deacons lead with
12:44 left in the second quarter.
But the Commodores responded
with three unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 27-7
halftime lead. Stacy had two of his touchdown runs, and Rodgers hit
Brandon Barden on a 73-yard TD pass.
Catching Wake Forest in a
safety blitz, Rodgers hit a wide-open Barden down the sideline. He
hurdled one Demon Deacons defender and stiff-armed two others en route
to scoring on Vanderbilt's longest TD pass play of the season.
Commodores added to their lead in the second half on Dixon's
flanker-option pass to Jordan Matthews with 4:17 left in the third
quarter, and Stacy's 40-yard TD run with 9:04 remaining in the fourth
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