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Vanderbilt wins Music City Bowl for first nine-win season since 1915

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Unless our record books are lying — we’re not going to deny that they’re dusty and maybe the spine is a little flimsy — that’s not a typo.

Vanderbilt has its first nine-win season since 1915 thanks to a commanding 38-24 win over North Carolina State in the Music City Bowl. Commodores running back Zac Stacy put an exclamation point on his outstanding career with 107 yards and a touchdown while operating many snaps out of the the Wildcat package.

Vandy quarterback Jordan Rodgers also threw for two touchdowns, but just 108 yards. In all, Vanderbilt had just 225 yards of offense. So what’s with the 38 points? Five turnovers probably had something to do with that. The ‘Dores had four of their 15 drives start 60 yards or less from the opposing end zone, scoring on two.

So while Vanderbilt didn’t have an offensive show to match the points, it was an impressive stamp on the program’s best season in nearly a century. That was helped in part by the fact the ‘Dores didn’t beat anybody in the regular season with a winning record (Ole Miss is the closest at 6-6).

If Vandy wants to continue to make strides (or moves on the ladies) under coach James Franklinit needs a signature win in 2013. This team had an opportunity in Week 1 against South Carolina and couldn’t get it done. Does that change next year?

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18 Responses to “Vanderbilt wins Music City Bowl for first nine-win season since 1915”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 31, 2012 4:10 PM

    1915? That is a really long time, almost a century. Whether or not that is accurate, what is accurate is that SEC teams (and others) scheduled to play Vandy in 2013 will not treat them like a bye week. That is a big difference and congratulations to Vandy and its coaching staff and team. This is a big deal. On to the next level!

  2. lew24 says: Dec 31, 2012 4:10 PM

    Congrats to Vandy! That is awesome!

  3. boobsmcgoo says: Dec 31, 2012 4:42 PM

    SEC rules!

  4. jimbo75025 says: Dec 31, 2012 5:25 PM

    Congratlations Vandy !

  5. tg1896 says: Dec 31, 2012 5:32 PM

    Boo hoo for NC Hate. Good job Vandy.

  6. 35longmiles says: Dec 31, 2012 5:50 PM

    Oh look an SEC team kicked the crap out of an ACC team….again.

  7. sanduskyshowerboy says: Dec 31, 2012 6:01 PM

    James Franklin is going to vote his team number five in the next coaches poll

  8. texasbornlsufan says: Dec 31, 2012 6:28 PM

    How bout dim Commadores!

  9. irishdodger says: Dec 31, 2012 6:55 PM

    They finally beat a team with a winning record. Give them credit for beating some really bad teams. It’s better than their usual alternative. Franklin will probably vote Vandy into the Top 10.

    Regarding the dumpster fire that is NCSt, what next? I never understood why O’Brien ever took that gig…seemed like a lateral move with better facilities. Never heard a peep from All-World safety, David Amerson this season. That team was a turnover machine which is surprisin considering how disciplined O’Brien’s BC teams were. Sounds like they got a good new HC, so maybe they can turn he corner.

  10. normtide says: Dec 31, 2012 8:25 PM

    Good job Vandy! Now lets get those Bayou Bengals a win. GO SEC!

  11. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 31, 2012 8:42 PM

    Way to go Vandy, good job.

    And yes, it was 1915 the last time Vandy won 9 games. They’ve had a difficult time since the 50′s.

  12. 32stork says: Jan 1, 2013 12:25 AM

    Great going, Commodores!!
    Congratulations!

  13. dcroz says: Jan 1, 2013 12:28 AM

    Vandy went 8-4 in the regular season without beating a team with a winning record is true, but before James Franklin arrived they’d have went 4-8 against those same teams–and only if they got a couple of friendly bounces in a couple of those games. What he has done in Nashville is amazing, and even more incredible is that he actually has a shot at a top-20 recruiting class this year. Could we be seeing the ‘Dores in Atlanta soon…and I don’t mean in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl?

    Oh, and as far as Vandy football history goes: in the early days of the sport, Vanderbilt was one of the powerhouses of the game. In fact, the worst loss in Alabama history came against the ‘Dores in 1904 (or 1905, can’t remember off the top of my head exactly) by a score of 78-0. Even more remarkable was that not only did Alabama win the other five games it played that season, but it won them all in shutouts. Of course, Vandy’s fortunes began to sour by the time it became a charter member of the SEC in 1933, but Franklin just may have the good times rolling for a while in Nashville.

  14. normtide says: Jan 1, 2013 12:39 AM

    The thing about Vandy’s schedule is this, when a league has 6 top ten teams, almost half the league, then the other almost half will have a losing record. Some of those teams were really bad, but a few were decent teams playing too many top ten teams. Good year for the Dore’s, stock is rising in Nashville.

  15. thegamecocker says: Jan 1, 2013 11:45 AM

    Congratulations to Coach Franklin and Vandy! A solid season and he knows how to coach up his recruits. They played the Fighting Gamecocks tough in Nashville before going down. A 9-4 season including a ball game….Vandy could be the next “Stanford” of the SEC.

  16. mfosteru says: Jan 1, 2013 1:26 PM

    James Franklin is a great motivator and the players respond well to what he teaches them. Hope the higher ups can keep him around a long time. He’s made the players and NASHVILLE believe ” IT’S NOT THE SAME OLE VANDY ANYMORE”. SEC opponents … You have been warned.

  17. rascalmanny says: Jan 3, 2013 12:02 AM

    I’ve sold my Titans seats and bought Vandy season tickets. They’re cheaper and I’d rather watch a team that’s on the move up with a good coach.

    I’m sick of the Titans organization, lack of leadership, the same BLAH “playmakers” like no-way CJ, Britt, and Griffin, and the insane PSL scam.

    And now I can watch NFL on my new 72″ HDTV that I bought from the money I saved from selling my Titans seats. When the Titans continue to suck next season I can turn the channel. Thanks, Bud.

  18. thegamecocker says: Jan 3, 2013 9:25 AM

    @rascalmanny

    GREAT MOVE!!! You saved money, improved quality of life with new 72″ HDTV, still attend football games to get some fresh air, have great seats at Memorial Stadium, etc. Kenny Britt is one incident away from a new “team”: one that wears stripes and makes license plates. He is a miserable, immature, SOB and I’m embarrassed he was EVER associated with Rutgers’ University. The Titans made a HUGE error in judgment by firing Coach Fisher. You made a wonderful decision in investing your entertainment dollar in a growing, honorable, program – VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY!
    Nicely done! The Gamecocker

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