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.