Commodore Classics: Marinangel's 81-yard fake punt against Alabama in 1996
July 25, 2013
Commodore Classics provides fans with a look at footage from historic games and moments in Vanderbilt's athletic history.
Video: FB Marinangel's 81-Yard Fake Punt in 1996
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Bill Marinangel is one of Vanderbilt's most accomplished punters. A four-year starter in the mid-90s, Marinangel concluded his career with the fifth-best punting average in school history (41.7 yards) and recorded the school's second-highest season average in 1996 (46.6 yards).
But what Marinangel may best be remembered for by Commodore fans was his fake punt against Alabama in 1996.
With the Commodores pinned deep in their own territory on fourth down, Marinangel entered the game and caught the Crimson Tide off balance with a fake punt. Marinangel took the snap, acted like he was going to punt and took off down the middle of the field, outracing surprised defenders 81 yards for a touchdown.
The 81-yard scamper remained a school record until 2012 when Zac Stacy scored on runs of 86 and 90 yards.
Marinangel's run helped Vanderbilt regain the lead in the second quarter, but was not enough as the Commodores lost 36-26.