Scores

Final

Vanderbilt 41

(6-6, 2-6 SEC)

Wake Forest 7

(6-6, 5-3 ACC)

Coverage: ESPNU

3:30 PM ET, November 26, 2011

BB&T Field, Winston-salem, NC

1 2 3 4 T
VAN 6 21 7 741
WAKE 0 7 0 07

Top Performers

Passing: T. Price (WAKE) - 157 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: Z. Stacy (VAN) - 28 CAR, 184 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: B. Barden (VAN) - 2 REC, 80 YDS, 1 TD

Vanderbilt becomes bowl eligible for first time since 2008

Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- 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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VAN
WAKE
1st Downs2417
Total Yards481329
Passing184183
Rushing297146
Penalties1-54-37
3rd Down Conversions6-136-16
4th Down Conversions0-00-3
Turnovers01
Possession31:5928:01

Passing Leaders

VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rodgers7/151399.310
Wake ForestC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Price16/341574.610

Rushing Leaders

VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stacy281846.6340
Rodgers16905.6023
Wake ForestCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pendergrass12746.2018
Reynolds11232.1013

Receiving Leaders

VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Barden28040.0173
Matthews27939.5145
Wake ForestRECYDSAVGTDLG
Givens46917.3028
Campanaro6457.5013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVANWAKE
FG08:40Ryan Fowler 33 Yd 30
FG02:04Ryan Fowler 30 Yd 60
SECOND QUARTERVANWAKE
TD12:44Terence Davis 10 Yd Pass From Tanner Price (Jimmy Newman Kick) 67
TD06:55Zac Stacy 1 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 137
TD05:05Brandon Barden 73 Yd Pass From Jordan Rodgers (Ryan Fowler Kick) 207
TD00:37Zac Stacy 20 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 277
THIRD QUARTERVANWAKE
TD04:17Jordan Matthews 45 Yd Pass From Larry Smith (Ryan Fowler Kick) 347
FOURTH QUARTERVANWAKE
TD09:04Zac Stacy 40 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 417