It is nearly becoming and right that Vanderbilt’s home is Nashville, Tennessee, wherein absolutely everyone sings like they may be the next massive u . S . Music big name. Nashville is also domestic to the Music City Bowl, wherein the Vanderbilt Commodores got here of age New Year’s Eve (12-31-08) quicker than Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys’ delivery of bluegrass inside the Deep South.
Vanderbilt came into the Music City Bowl as an underdog going through the Boston College Eagles, who have been ranked sixth in the nation in least yards allowed and tops inside the united states of america in turnovers. The Commodores, in spite of being held to 2 hundred yards and handiest 1 conversion in 15 1/3-down tries, left the stadium with a 16-14 victory.
While some distance quick of the heroics and early triumphs of the Confederacy within the Civil War, Vanderbilt’s Southern contingent of gamers made a few essential records of their own.
1) They used a forty five-backyard-discipline goal by means of Bryant Hahnfeldt with 3:26 left in the 4th zone to win a bowl game for the primary time in fifty three years, bringing to thoughts Vanderbilt’s 25-thirteen victory over Auburn in the 1955 Gator Bowl.
2) They got the monkey off of their back, a 28-12 months drought-the SEC’s longest-since they closing performed in a bowl game.
3) They logged their first winning season (7-6) because the begin of the drought 28 years in the past.
4) They broke Boston College’s eight-recreation winning streak in bowl play, the longest in the state.
Five) They value Boston College a risk at finishing with at the least 10 wins for a 3rd-instantly season. The Eagles have been gambling in a bowl recreation for the tenth consecutive yr. The Eagle, which flew directly and real for eight consecutive bowl victories, now has a damaged wing, way to the Commodores.
Now they are able to legitimately take umbrage whilst their competition, the media and fans refer to them as “cellar dwellers” and “the worst crew inside the SEC”. Let’s see now, which SEC teams misplaced bowl games this 12 months? Oh yes, it was Alabama and South Carolina. Hail to the Commodores! This is America, we adore underdogs who upward push to the top, who, by way of the sweat of their brow, elevate themselves up by way of their bootstraps, and win.
How did they do it? With unique teams play. Junior Brett Upson averaged forty two+ yards on 9 punts with a protracted punt of 58 yards; he turned into named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Senior Bryant Hahnfeldt aced field dreams from 28 and forty two yards earlier than his recreation-triumphing kick of forty five yards and an entire life of glory (what a manner to give up a college playing profession).
Freshman defensive lower back Sean Richardson accounted for Vanderbilt’s most effective touchdown while he fell on a punt that bounced off the left knee of Boston College’s Paul Anderson within the third quarter. Officials ruled it a landing and the replay evaluation tested the decision. For Sean Richardson is became all approximately being inside the right area at the proper time (additionally occasionally called good fortune).
After the sport, Vanderbilt train Bobby Johnson became gushing: “I bet all of us can parent out we’re quite happy. We’re pleased to win the Music City Bowl proper right here in Nashville in our place of birth. We stored our composure and made some massive plays while we had to. It won’t have been the prettiest victory within the international, however it’s miles for us now.”
Well said, Bobby. It is clean to discover a person in sports activities today with a little experience of gratitude. We presently have too many self-important superstars with extra cash and ego than humility and gratitude for his or her excellent fortune.
The Commodores completed their triumphing season at 7-6 even as Boston College had to settle for a nine-5 record.
Copyright © 2009 Ed Bagley
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