Vanderbilt finished the regular season 8-4, earning the most regular season wins since the 1982…
Three Keys Revisited: Vandy at Wake Forest
1) Looking for a repeat performance
A repeat performance is almost exactly what the Commodores got on Saturday and again it was far too much for the Demon Deacons. In the 2011 game Jordan Rodgers had 229 total yards, yesterday he has 229 yards passing. In 2011 Zac Stacy ran for 184 yards, yesterday he ran for 180. The similarities in the box score go on and on and the end result was a win of similar proportions and dynamics to the one that happened a year ago. Even the scoring pattern was somewhat similar as in both years the game was close early, 7-7 yesterday and 7-6 a year ago, before Vandy just took over in every phase.
The best part of this is that it shows that James Franklin can take what he has learned in previous games and apply it to current opponents. Franklin and his staff have consistently out game planned the opposition and there is no reason to think that will change during his Vanderbilt career.
2) Play dominant defense
The Vandy defense has been off the charts good in 2012 and that continued in this game. Of the 21 points Wake scored seven came on a fumble recovery so in effect the defense only game up 14 for the game. In addition only one touchdown came when the result was in doubt and the Vandy defense held the Deacons to just over 300 yards. Particularly pleasing was the lack of big plays which can kill you quickly in the college game. The longest play the Commodores gave up was 25 yards which meant that the Demon Deacons had to earn every yard on their drives the hard way.
3) Feed Zac Stacy
With 89 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries Zac Stacy was on the way to another workmanlike and team leading performance in his final regular season game as a Commodore. The fact that his touchdown came on a direct snap where the senior waited patiently for his blocking to develop before squirting four yards through a hole into the end zone was a testament to how Stacy has developed during his years in Nashville. With the clock winding down though Stacy set off on a 90-yard touchdown dash which put an exclamation point on his record setting career at Vanderbilt and provided a fitting send off for the best running back in school history.
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