Scores

Final

Vanderbilt 45

(4-5, 1-4 SEC)

Duke 28

(0-8, 0-5 ACC)

1:00 PM ET, October 28, 2006

Wallace Wade Stadium, DURHAM, NC

1 2 3 4 T
VAN 14 14 7 1045
DUKE 0 7 0 2128

Top Performers

Passing: C. Nickson (VAN) - 250 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Nickson (VAN) - 15 CAR, 150 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: E. Bennett (VAN) - 9 REC, 184 YDS, 1 TD

Nickson helps Vandy keep Duke winless in 'SAT Bowl'

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Sophomore quarterback Chris Nickson ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more, and Vanderbilt withstood a fourth-quarter rally to beat winless Duke 45-28 Saturday.

Nickson accounted for 400 yards of total offense for the Commodores (4-5), who won their sixth straight over the Blue Devils (0-8) in the "SAT Bowl."

Nickson turned in career bests both passing and rushing in handing Duke its 16th straight loss, the longest active losing streak in Division I-A. Temple ended its 20-game slide earlier Saturday by beating Bowling Green.

Nickson threw for 250 yards on 14-of-24 passing and ran for 150 yards, the first Vanderbilt quarterback to rush for more than 100 yards since Jay Cutler had 129 against Kentucky in 2003.

Earl Bennett caught nine passes for a career-high 184 yards and one touchdown, George Smith hauled in a 41-yard TD pass and Cassen Jackson-Garrison added a 3-yard scoring run midway through the third quarter for Vanderbilt.

Nickson came out late in the third quarter with the Commodores ahead 35-7, and backup MacKenzi Adams led a 14-play drive that was capped by Bryant Hahnfeldt's 44-yard field goal for a 38-7 lead with 12:07 left.

However, Duke rallied behind running back Justin Boyle, who ran for three fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 32-yarder with 7:06 remaining that pulled the Blue Devils within 38-28.

Nickson returned for the next series, and led the Commodores on five-play scoring drive that he capped with a 1-yard run, pushing Vanderbilt's lead to 44-28 with 4:07 left.

Boyle finished with 107 yards rushing and four touchdowns for Duke, tying a school record for single-game TDs set by Robert Baldwin against Maryland in 1994.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VAN
DUKE
1st Downs2123
Total Yards512356
Passing277103
Rushing235253
Penalties7-566-55
3rd Down Conversions8-133-10
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers22
Possession30:0329:57

Passing Leaders

VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Adams2/5275.400-
Nickson14/2425010.420-
DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Lewis10/251034.102-

Rushing Leaders

VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nickson1515010.0339
Jackson-...10383.8122
DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Boyle141138.1432
Drummer34916.3048

Receiving Leaders

VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bennett918420.4177
Smith35016.7141
DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wright45614.0025
Chestnut22211.0013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVANDUKE
TD9:21CHRIS NICKSON 9 YD RUN (BRYANT HAHNFELDT KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 78 yards.
70
TD3:12EARL BENNETT 77 YD PASS FROM CHRIS NICKSON (BRYANT HAHNFELDT KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 97 yards.
140
SECOND QUARTERVANDUKE
TD12:33CHRIS NICKSON 5 YD RUN (BRYANT HAHNFELDT KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 59 yards.
210
TD6:22GEORGE SMITH 41 YD PASS FROM CHRIS NICKSON (BRYANT HAHNFELDT KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 41 yards.
280
TD1:25JUSTIN BOYLE 2 YD RUN (JOE SURGAN KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yards.
287
THIRD QUARTERVANDUKE
TD5:17CASSEN JACKSON-GARRISON 3 YD RUN (BRYANT HAHNFELDT KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 67 yards.
357
FOURTH QUARTERVANDUKE
FG12:07BRYANT HAHNFELDT 44 YD FG
Drive info: 14 plays, 58 yards.
387
TD10:26JUSTIN BOYLE 13 YD RUN (JOE SURGAN KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 62 yards.
3814
TD7:27JUSTIN BOYLE 11 YD RUN (REQUAN BOYETTE 2PT RUSH)
Drive info: 4 plays, 32 yards.
3822
TD7:06JUSTIN BOYLE 32 YD RUN (FAILED 2PT RUSH)
Drive info: 1 plays, 32 yards.
3828
TD4:07CHRIS NICKSON 1 YD RUN (BRYANT HAHNFELDT KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 47 yards.
4528