Vanderbilt 41, Wake Forest 7
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, the younger brother of NFL quarterback
Aaron Rodgers, threw for 139 yards and one touchdown and ran for 90
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 fourth
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
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
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.
The 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