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

Saturday night.

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

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 fourth

quarter.

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.

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

fourth quarter.