Vanderbilt Downs Army, 44-21

Larry Dixon

Larry Dixon

Oct. 22, 2011

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jordan Rodgers accounted for 282 yards of total offense and two touchdowns, and Zac Stacy rushed for a career-high 198 yards and three scores to lead Vanderbilt to a 44-21 victory over Army on Saturday night at Vanderbilt Stadium.

Rodgers threw for 186 yards and rushed for 96 yards to lead a balanced Commodore attack. Chris Boyd hauled in four passes for 90 yards and one touchdown for Vanderbilt, which snapped a three-game losing streak and improves to 4-3 on the season.

Freshman FB Larry Dixonrushed for a career-high 92 yards on nine carries to lead Army (2-5).

Vanderbilt jumped out to a 13-0 lead less than five minutes into first quarter. Andre Hal returned the opening kickoff 53 yards to set up Vanderbilt's first offensive possession on the Army 46-yard line. Eight plays later the Commodores found the end zone when Stacy rushed up the middle for a one-yard touchdown on third-and-goal.

Following a 22-yard run by junior QB Trent Steelmanon Army's first play from scrimmage, the Black Knights fumbled on their second play to give Vanderbilt the ball at the Army 43-yard line. The Commodores quickly made it 13-0 as Rodgers hooked up with Boyd for a 43-yard touchdown strike on the very next play.

After being forced to punt on its next possession, Army made a big play defensively as Andrew Rodriguez intercepted a Rodgers' pass and set the Black Knights' offense up at the Vanderbilt 29-yard line. Army cashed in the turnover two plays later when Malcolm Brown tip-toed down the right sideline for an 11-yard score. Alex Carltonmissed the extra point attempt, however, and the score remained 13-6 with 6:05 to play in the first quarter.

Vanderbilt extended its lead to 23-6 at halftime as the Commodores scored 10 points in the final five minutes of the second quarter. VU put together a nine-play, 83-yard touchdown drive that was capped by Rodgers' 12-yard TD run on a quarterback draw to make it 20-6. Then, after forcing an Army punt, Vanderbilt then drove to the Army 20-yard line before settling for a 37-yard field goal by Carey Spear.

The Commodores pushed across two more touchdowns within a one-minute span midway through the third quarter to establish a 37-6 lead with 5:39 to play in the stanza. Jerron Seymour capped a seven play, 74-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run to make it 30-6. Then, after an Army fumble inside the Black Knights' 10-yard line, Stacy rushed for an eight-yard TD.

Army pulled to within 37-14 with 1:39 to play in the third quarter as freshman QB Angel Santiagorushed for a one-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak. Santiago's TD finished off a seven-play, 81-yard drive that featured a 57-yard run by Dixon. Santiago threw to Dixon for the two-point conversion.

The Black Knights made it 37-21 early in the fourth quarter when freshman LB Geoffrey Baconintercepted a Rodgers pass and returned it 70 yards to pay dirt.

Stacy scored his third touchdown of the game, a 55-yard run, to cap an 84-yard Vanderbilt in front, 44-21, with 6:38 to play in the fourth quarter.

Bacon led Army's defensive unit with a career-best 12 tackles in the contest. Senior LB Steven Erzingerfinished with nine stops.

Army returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 29, when the Black Knights host Fordham at Michie Stadium. Kickoff for the contest, which is sold out, is slated for 3:30 p.m.

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