2012 Vanderbilt Commodores

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    2012 - Preview
    Vanderbilt will begin this season ranked for the first time in recent memory. The team returns talent at the offensive skill positions but Vanderbilt. The team is anchored by a strong senior class which makes up most of the offensive and defensive depth chart. Unfortunately, this also means that the coach has many, many players to replace with new recruits. While the coach has gained some momentum with recruiting, as a result of past failures, the school still continues to suffer from its poor prestige, alumni donations, athletic department budget and television appearances - problems only continued success on the field can cure.
    The schedule is as challenging as ever with only one cupcake, Buffalo, for the non-conference schedule which features matchups with two ranked teams, #16 Pittsburgh and #12 Boston College. The SEC league games are once again brutal, as Vandy must play @ #11 Auburn, @Ole Miss, @ #22 Georgia, @ #16 Pittsburgh, @ Kentucky and @ Wake Forest. The Commodores will have to slog through the schedule one game at a time in order to make their second consecutive bowl game.
     
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    2012 Schedule & Results
    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4
    8/25 @Wake Forest (W) 42-25 (1-0)
    9/1 Buffalo (W) 48-30 (2-0)
    9/8 @Kentucky (W) 30-10 (3-0)
    9/15 @#16 Pittsburgh
    9/22 South Carolina
    9/29 Bye
    10/6 @#11 Auburn
    10/13 Bye
    10/20 @Ole Miss
    10/27 #2 Alabama
    11/3 Florida
    11/10 @22 Georgia
    11/17 Tennessee
    11/24 #12 Boston College
     
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    8/25 @Wake Forest
    Vanderbilt was outgained 413-244 but nevertheless pulled off a 42-25 road win keyed by turnovers and a "bend but don't break" defense. QB Rodgers made his debut as a starter (6-15-41yds, 1td, 5 carries, 49 rush yards) while RBs Zach Stacy and Tate combined for over 150 rush yards. Of particular concern to the coaching staff was Wake Forest's ability to pass at will against the Vandy secondary after falling behind big. Nevertheless, a win is a win, and the program is pleased to start off the season on the right foot.
     
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    9/1 Buffalo
    Vanderbilt dominated both sides of the ball (total offense 575-296). Vandy's defense gave up too many big plays, however, and Buffalo was able to return a fumble to score 30 points against the Commodores. Nevertheless, the game was never close as Vandy's superior offensive and defensive lines provided a decisive advantage. QB Rodgers improved his play, 11-28-212, 2tds, 1 int, while RBs Stacy and Tate combined for 286 rushing yards. All in all, it was a good win that brings the Commodores another win closer to a bowl game.
     
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    9/8 @Kentucky
    In a game in which both defenses were superb (214 total yards each), Vandy came away with 30-10 win. Kentucky lost the turnover battle (3-1) as Vandy's star cornerback Eddie Foster came up with two interceptions and a fumble recovery to swing the game to the visitors. QB Rodgers struggled again (4-13, 76 yards, 1 TD, 1 int) but his receivers didn't help him out by dropping several passes that would been first downs. Once again, RB Zac Stacy carried the load for the Commodores (24 carries, 139 yards, 5.7 avg, 2 TDs). Kicker Ryan Fowler was also impressive, going 3/3 on Fields goals (44, 44, 53).
     

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