Nashville, TN, United States (4E Sports) – Jordan Rodgers tossed two touchdown heaves and the defense forced five turnovers as Vanderbilt notched its third bowl win, topping North Carolina State, 38-24, in the Music City Bowl Monday at LP Field.
With the win, Vanderbilt (9-4) secured its first nine-win season since 1915 and first bowl win since 2008 when the Commodores beat Boston College, 16-14, in the Music City Bowl.
The win also improved the Commodores’ record in bowl games to 3-2-1 all-time in 123 years of organized football. It was also their second straight bowl appearance — a first in school history.
Rodgers completed 16 of 25 passes for 108 yards and rushed for a score while running back Zac Stacy and wide receiver Wesley Tate ran for a touchdown each for the Commodores, who notched their seventh consecutive victory.
Stacy finished with 107 yards on 25 carries as the Commodores outran the Wolfpack, 117-41.
The Wolfpack relied on their receivers, who tallied a combined 383 yards but produced only a touchdown from Rashard Smith.
Mike Glennon hit 35 of 53 passes for 383 yards and a touchdown but had three interceptions while Tobias Palmer had 111 yards on eight receptions for the Wolfpack, who finished the season with a 7-6 mark.
In its opening drive of the game, Rodgers found Chris Boyd for a five-yard touchdown pass that was initially ruled an incomplete but was overturned after review.
Using a Wildcat formation, Vanderbilt extended its lead to 14-0 when Stacy found the endzone with a six-yard carry.
On the next possession, the Wolfpack got on the board with a one-yard touchdown run from Tony Creecy.
Tate responded with a seven-yard touchdown run but Palmer scored on a 94-yard kickoff return.
However, Glennon was picked for the second time in the second half by Eric Samuels, leading to an 18-yard touchdown pass by Rodgers to Jordan Matthews for a 28-14 Commodores lead.