Some records fall quietly and are easily forgotten over time, and others ... well ... others stick with you for the rest of your life. For those in sold-out Vanderbilt Stadium Saturday afternoon, there is little question that Zac Stacy's record-breaking day will be remembered forever.
The senior running back bruised and bullied his way to the top of Vanderbilt's all-time rushing chart by gaining 169 yards on 27 carries while leading Vanderbilt to a 17-13 win over Auburn.
A native of Centreville, Ala., Stacy entered Saturday's game needing 132 yards to surpass Frank Mordica (1976-79) for first on Vanderbilt's career rushing list, and he did that and a little more. Stacy now has 2,670 career rushing yards, while Mordica had 2,632.
Stacy's record-breaking run came with 4:41 to play in the game, as he took a direct snap out of the Wildcat formation and weaved his way through traffic around the left side of the line before finding daylight and galloping for 27 yards.
"I'm definitely honored," Stacy said of the record. "Reflecting back on my career here, I've dealt with a lot of adversity, a lot of injuries, coaching changes. No doubt about it, I am very honored to represent Vanderbilt and have the rushing title. At the same time, I still have a lot of improving to do. That's just the type of player I am. I'm always looking for improvement within this team and myself. We'll celebrate this win tonight and get back to work."
Following the carry, Stacy was greeted with a loud ovation from the crowd as his accomplishment was displayed on the video board. As it turned out, that was just the beginning of the celebration.
After the final horn, players each walked up and individually congratulated the back before he began to head to the locker room.
But before he could get there, he was intercepted by a group of teammates, led by the offensive linemen, who posed for photos with Stacy before hoisting him in the air and carrying him off the field on their shoulders.
It would be the easiest yards Stacy has ever gained on the football field. But the yards carried on his teammates shoulders may be the most memorable.