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Vanderbilt rolls over Wake Forest, 41-7
Zac Stacy (Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE)
Posted Nov 26, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, 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 Saturday night.
had 229 total yards for the Commodores (6-6). Rodgers, the younger brother of NFL quarterback
, 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
built a 20-point halftime lead, then iced the win for Vanderbilt with his 40-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter.
, the Commodores' former starting QB, also hit a 45-yard flanker option pass for a score, and
made field goals of 33 and 30 yards, as Vanderbilt became bowl-eligible for the first time since 2008.
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.
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
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
with 4:17 left in the third quarter, and Stacy's 40-yard TD run with 9:04 remaining in the fourth quarter.
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