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Vanderbilt-Wake Forest postgame notes

Nov. 24, 2012

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Vanderbilt-Wake Forest Postgame Notes
November 24, 2012 BB&T Field - Winston-Salem, N.C.


Pregame Notes
• Vanderbilt is in its 123rd year of organized football. 

• The Commodores wore white jerseys and helmets with black pants; marking the second time this season the team wore the combination (at Kentucky).
• Wake Forest won the toss and deferred to the second half with Vanderbilt receiving the ball in the first half.
• Attendance was 26,134.

Team Notes
• Vanderbilt took the team's opening drive 85 yards for a touchdown on 11 plays, marking the sixth time this season the Commodores scored points on the team's opening drive (Northwestern, Presbyterian, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee).
• Vanderbilt's 28 points in the first half are the most this season.
• Vanderbilt topped 40 points for the fifth time this year. The last season Vanderbilt scored 40+ points in five games came in 1915.
• The Commodores' 55 are the second-most points Wake Forest allowed in BB&T Field.
• With the win, Vanderbilt goes to 6-2 in the month of November under James Franklin. In the decade prior to Franklin's arrival, Vanderbilt was 3-32 in November dates.
• The victory is the sixth straight for the Commodores, their first six-game win streak since the 1955. This is Vanderbilt's first 6-game win streak to conclude the regular season since 1948.
• Vanderbilt finishes the regular season 8-4 overall. It is the most regular season wins since the 1982 season. Only twice in team history has the Commodores reached nine wins: 9-0 in 1904 and 9-1 in 1915.
James Franklin is now 14-11 in his two-year tenure at Vanderbilt. Among 16 Commodore coaches that have been with the program for two years, only Dan McGugin has registered more victories (16, 1904-05). Franklin is also is 7-1 in non-Southeastern Conference games.

Individual Notes
• Jordan Rodgers' 25-yard TD pass to Wesley Tate gave him at least on TD pass in five straight games.
Wesley Tate's TD reception in the first quarter was his first receiving TD of his career; the score gave him seven for the season to equal Zac Stacy's team-best.
Jordan Matthews now has at least one catch in 20 straight games and has four catches or more in 11 of Vanderbilt's 12 games this season.
• With his six catches in the first quarter Jordan Matthews passed Earl Bennett for second on Vanderbilt's single-season receptions list with 83 catches this season.
Wesley Tate's 15-yard rushing touchdown gave him eight total TDs on the season, the most on the team, and also marked the second straight game the Commodores have had a player rush for a score and catch a touchdown (Jordan Matthews).
Johnell Thomas recorded his first sack of the season in the second quarter.
• Jordan Matthews' 64-yard TD reception set the school record for receiving yards in a single season with 1,262 yards this year.
• Jordan Rodgers' 64-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews gave him five straight games with two TD tosses.
Jordan Matthews eclipsed 100 yards receiving for the seventh time this season and 10th time in his career, one shy of Dan Stricker's school record.
Jordan Matthews caught 10 passes, equaling a career-best, in the first half, marking the second time this season Matthews had at least 10 catches.
Zac Stacy scored his 28th career TD with a four-yard run in the second quarter.
Archibald Barnes recorded his first interception of the season, picking off a pass on the last play of the first half.
Colt Nichter registered a season-high five tackles in the game and forced a fumble.
Rob Lohr recorded three tackles for loss for the second time this season and a season-high six tackles.
Carey Spear's extra point in the third quarter gave him 74 points this season, setting the new school record previously held by Ricky Anderson (1982).
Carey Spear's career-high 52-yard field goal in the third quarter is the Commodores first 50-yard field goal since 2006 when Bryant Hahnfeldt booted a 51-yard field goal at Duke and longest since Steve Yenner's 55-yarder in 1995. The field goal is the sixth-longest in school history.
Carey Spear added a 50-yard field goal later in the third quarter giving him 19 field goals this season.
Jonathan Krause's 83-yard punt return for a TD was the longest since Alvin Duke's 88-yard return against Alabama in 1996.
Jonathan Krause's two punt returns for touchdowns this season mark the first time since 1968 for a Commodore to return two punts for scores in a single season.
Zac Stacy's 90-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter broke his own school record for the longest run in school history and was the second-longest run ever allowed by Wake Forest.
Zac Stacy became the first player in school history to produce back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with 1,034 yards this season and pushed him over 3,000 career yards with 3,036 yards in his VU career.
Zac Stacy gained 180 yards on 21 carries for his third 100-yard game of the season.

Offensive Notes
• Vanderbilt took the team's opening drive 85 yards for a touchdown on 11 plays, marking the sixth time this season the Commodores scored points on the team's opening drive (Northwestern, Presbyterian, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee).
• The Commodores 11-play scoring drive to open the game was the Commodores 15th scoring drive of 10 or more plays this season.
• Vanderbilt's 28 points in the first half are the most this season.
• The Commodores converted 4-of-7 third down attempts in the first half and went 2-for-2 on fourth down conversions.
• Vanderbilt eclipsed 300 total points on the season giving the Commodores back-to-back seasons of 300-plus points for the first time in school history.
• Vanderbilt topped 40 points for the fifth time this year. The last season Vanderbilt scored 40-plus points in five games came in 1915.
• Vanderbilt has scored 50-plus points twice this season marking the first time since 1942.

Defensive Notes
• With two turnovers in the first half, Vanderbilt has forced five turnovers in the Commodores' last six quarters.
• The Commodores held Wake Forest to 32 yards on 18 carries in the first half.
• Vanderbilt held the Demon Deacons to 184 yards passing; Wake Forest entered the game averaging over 200 yards per game through the air.
• Wake Forest was held to just 7-for-19 on third down.

Special Team Notes
Andrew Williamson's blocked punt was the first for the Dores since Udom Umoh's last season against Georgia.
Casey Hughes recovered the blocked punt in the end zone to become the first Commodore to score on a blocked punt since Javon Marshall did it against Florida in 2010.
Carey Spear's extra point in the third quarter gave him 74 points this season, setting the new school record previously held by Ricky Anderson (1982).
Carey Spear's career-high 52-yard field goal in the third quarter is the Commodores first 50-yard field goal since 2006 when Bryant Hahnfeldt booted a 51-yard field goal at Duke and longest since Steve Yenner's 55-yarder in 1995. The field goal is the sixth-longest in school history.
Carey Spear added a 50-yard field goal later in the third quarter giving him 19 field goals this season.
Jonathan Krause's 83-yard punt return for a TD was the longest since Alvin Duke's 88-yard return against Alabama in 1996.
Jonathan Krause's two punt returns for touchdowns this season mark the first time since 1968 for a Commodore to return two punts for scores in a single season.

 

 

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