Sunday, October 5, 2008

VANDERBILT BEATS AUBURN, GOES 5-0 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE WORLD WAR II

On a night when ESPN GameDay was broadcast from Nashville and playing during prime time on national television, the Vanderbilt Commodores defeated the Auburn Tigers, 14-13, on Dudley Field in Nashville.

The magnitude of this victory is difficult to overstate, because with the win, these Commodores continue to demolish program records.

It was the first time since:

• 2006 that the Commodores held an opponent to so few passing yards;
• 1991 that Vanderbilt has won 3 consecutive games in a season;
• 1982 that Vanderbilt beat three consecutive SEC teams;
• 1974 that Vanderbilt has beaten such a highly-ranked team in Nashville;
• 1955 that Vanderbilt beat Auburn;
• 1950 that Vanderbilt beat Auburn in Nashville and went 3-0 in the SEC;
• 1947 that a ranked Vanderbilt team beat another ranked team;
• 1943 that Vanderbilt started 5-0; and
• 1941 that Vanderbilt started 5-0 in a full season.

It was only the third time in the history of football at Vanderbilt that the Commodores are 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference.

Head coach Bobby Johnson has now beaten every SEC team except Florida, Alabama, and LSU.

And they'll have another shot at the Gators later this year.

In the meantime, the Black and Gold have no time to rest on their well-deserved, historic laurels, as they must turn their attention to another SEC road game with the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

As they do, the entire Vanderbilt family is celebrating a team and a season that is beyond special and accomplishing feats not seen, literally, in generations on West End.

1 comment:

even more anonymous said...

Not only do we get Florida later this year, we may also wind up getting either Alabama or LSU in the SEC Championship Game!