(Saturday, October 22nd)
Final Score: Vanderbilt 44, Army 21
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Zac Stacy led the way with 198 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns for the Commodores, as Vanderbilt defeated Army 44-21 at Vanderbilt Stadium to snap a three game losing streak.
Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Green Bay Packer Aaron Rodgers, made his first start at quarterback for Vanderbilt (4-3), completing 10-of-27 passes for 186 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Rodgers ran for 96 yards and a touchdown as well on 18 carries in his debut. Chris Boyd led all receivers with 90 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Army (2-5) struggled to secure the ball as the Black Knights had five fumbles with Vanderbilt recovering three of them. Quarterback Trent Steelman rushed for 40 yards on nine attempts before suffering a left leg injury in the second quarter which kept him out of the second half. Larry Dixon led the Black Knights with 92 yards on nine carries. Raymond Maples rushed for 66 yards on 12 carries. Angel Santiago took over under center, carrying the ball six times for 21 yards and his first collegiate touchdown.
Stacy put the Commodores up 7-0 with a one-yard run just four minutes after kickoff. Vanderbilt scored less than a minute later after a quick Army turnover put Rodgers in position to complete a 43-yard touchdown pass to Boyd. A missed extra point left the home team's early advantage at 13-0.
Army's only first half points came with 6:05 left in the opening quarter when Malcolm Brown rushed 11 yards for a touchdown. An unsuccessful extra point attempt left the Vanderbilt lead at 13-6.
The Commodores started to run away with it in the second quarter. With 4:49 remaining in the half, Rodgers rushed 12 yards for a touchdown. Then with under a minute remaining, kicker Carey Spear added three more points with a 37-yard field goal to give Vanderbilt a 23-6 halftime lead.
Vanderbilt scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter that put the game out of reach. First, Jerron Seymour rushed five yards for a touchdown to cap off a seven-play, 74-yard drive. Then a minute later, Stacy ran eight yards into the end zone to put the Commodores up 37-6 with 5:39 remaining in the third frame.
Army began to show some life with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter as Santiago's one-yard touchdown run capped off a seven-play, 81-yard drive. After a successful two point conversion, the Black Knights trailed 37-14 heading into the final quarter.
The Black Knights continued to chip away at the monstrous lead when Geoffrey Bacon returned a Rodgers interception 70 yards for a touchdown to make it 37-21 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the contest.
Stacy put an end to Army's comeback with 6:38 remaining with as he ran 55 yards for the final score of the game, giving Vanderbilt a 44-21 victory.
Vanderbilt dominated the Army defense with 530 yards of total offense with 344 of those coming on the ground. Army was held to 288 total yards on offense.
Army has now lost three straight overall and four consecutive road games this season.
10/22 23:22:03 ET