Oct. 20, 2012
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Vanderbilt-Auburn Postgame Notes
October 20, 2012 Vanderbilt Stadium - Nashville, Tenn.
Vanderbilt is in its 123rd year of organized football.
The Commodores wore gold helmets with black pants and black jerseys, marking the first time this season for the Dores to wear that combination.
Vanderbilt won the toss and elected to receive the kickoff in the first half.
Attendance was 40,350 - the second consecutive sellout and the first time since 1996 Vanderbilt Stadium has been sold out in consecutive games.
Vanderbilt alum Mitchell Light worked his first game on the sidelines as a reporter for the Vanderbilt Radio Broadcast. Light replaced long time sideline reporter Kevin Ingram.
Vanderbilt was tied at the half for the first time this season.
Vanderbilt's win over Auburn is the second straight in the series and gives the Commodores a 21-20-1 edge in the series.
Stacy broke the Vanderbilt school record with a 27-yard run late in the fourth quarter, finishing the day with 169 yards and giving him 2,670 yards on 500 carries for his career. Stacy broke the previous mark of Frank Mordica (1976-79), who ran for 2,632 yards on 546 carries for the Commodores.
With his 11-yard catch on the opening drive Chris Boyd has now made at least one catch in 15 straight games.
Jordan Matthews' 23-yard grab in the first quarter gave him 15 straight games with at least one catch.
Chase Garnham registered his team-leading third sack in the second quarter.
Jared Morse made his fifth tackle for loss with a stop in the second quarter.
Kris Kentera established a new career-high with three catches in the first half, the redshirt freshmen entered the game with two catches on the season.
Kyle Woestmann made his first career sack with a big play on a third down in the third quarter.
Zac Stacy's two-yard TD run in the third quarter gave him 25 for his career and moved him into sole possession of second place on the Vanderbilt all-time TD list.
Chase Garnham became the first Commodore this season to record three sacks in a game giving him five on the season.
With his 37-yard catch in the fourth quarter Chris Boyd matched his career-best with six catches.
Zac Stacy carried the ball 27 times marking the third straight game with 20-plus carries.
Chase Garnham led the Dores with nine tackles in the game.
Vanderbilt's opening TD drive was the longest of the season in terms of plays and time (16 plays, 8:25).
The Commodores' touchdown on the opening drive was the third time this season the Dores scored on the opening drive of a game (Northwestern, Presbyterian).
Jordan Rodgers opened the game going 4-for-5 for 48 yards on the team's initial scoring drive completing passes to four different receivers.
Vanderbilt's offense had the ball for 11:38 of the opening quarter, running 23 plays to Auburn's five and outgaining the Tigers 127 yards to 22.
Vandy outgained Auburn 208 yards to 110 in the first half, passing for 115 yards and rushing for 93 yards.
The Commodores' 209 rushing yards were the most since the Presbyterian game (410 yards) and the second-most this season.
For the second straight week Vanderbilt posted more first downs than their opponent (19-13).
For the third straight game Vanderbilt started the same 11 players on defense.
The VU defense held Auburn to 0-for-4 on third down conversion attempts in the first half.
The Dores' defense recorded a season-high five sacks on the day.
Vanderbilt held Auburn to 212 total yards (109 passing, 103 rushing) on the day, the second-lowest total of the season for the Tigers (183 vs. LSU).
The defense held Auburn to just 2-of-12 on third down, matching the lowest output of the season for the Tigers (2-12 at Mississipi State and vs. LSU).
Special Team Notes
Richard Kent registered a 53-yard punt in the second quarter giving him at least one 50-yard boot in nine of his last 10 games.
With his game-tying 30-yard field goal to end the first half, Carey Spear now has at least one field goal in every game this season and is 9-for-9 on field goals inside 39 yards.