July 30, 2013
Vanderbilt had a historic season in 2012, finishing 9-4 overall and winning the Music City Bowl. The nine wins were the most by a Vanderbilt team since 1915. In the coming weeks, VUcommodores.com will relive each win by highlighting one play from every game. To get a better understanding of the play, we watched each highlight with the featured player and had him take us through the moment.
May Hits Missouri QB Three Straight Plays
Oct. 6, 2012
Vanderbilt 19, Missouri 15
Yes, yes, we know that we said we would highlight one play from every win this season. But when someone makes an outstanding play not once, not twice, but three times in a row, it is difficult to pick one over the other.
That is definitely the case with Vanderbilt's 19-15 win at Missouri on Oct. 6, 2012. With Vanderbilt clinging to a four-point lead and the Tigers well within scoring range on their final offensive possession of the game, defensive end Walker May completely halted Missouri's momentum with a sequence of unforgettable plays.
On three straight snaps, May got into the backfield and hit Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser, disrupting his timing and forcing errant throws. The third hit came on fourth down and forced the Tigers to turn the ball over on downs at the 25-yard line. The Commodores would take over with 2:43 to go and run out the clock.
In His Words
May Breaks it Down
Three Times a Charm: Basically we ended up running the same play three times in a row because they couldn't block it. It was one of my favorite moments of my career.
Kept Going Back to the Well: It worked and they didn't call timeout or didn't try to fix the problem. If they weren't going to fix it, we were going to keep running it. Archie (Barnes) was unblocked every single time and that is a big presence when you get an unblocked guy to the quarterback three plays in a row.
Timing is Everything: I got their snap count down a little bit and kind of figured it out. Basically, I was just teeing off and I was just going straight to the quarterback and I kind of changed it up a little bit with movement with my hands, but for the most part it was just get-off and trying to hit the quarterback.
Adrenaline was Flowing: It was an emotional moment. You were feeling it. The pressure is on you. Your back is against the wall and the only thing you have to do is stop them. Feeling the pressure is basically what stirred me. Looking to the left and looking to the right at my teammates, they did a great job and I did the easy part.