For the first time in twenty-six years, for the first time when a sixth-win was on the line in 17 tries, and for the first time in my lifetime, the Vanderbilt Commodores are bowl eligible.
On a bone-chilling night in Lexington, the Vanderbilt Commodores scored first to take a 7-0 lead against the Kentucky Wildcats. Vanderbilt continued to pile up points and led 24-7 at halftime.
After the break, Big Blue came out aggressively, scoring 10 unanswered points in the third quarter. Vanderbilt quarterback Chris Nickson led the 'Dores to a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and then it was time for the Black and Gold defense to hold fast.
After giving up a touchdown, Vanderbilt managed to hold until the last moment. Vanderbilt all-star D.J. Moore made his second interception of the night, and the Commodores, after getting a first down, went into victory formation and secured their first sixth-win since 1982.
UPDATE: We've just received word that the team is expected to arrive at McGugin Center around 2:30 a.m. central time; Vanderbilt students, alumni, and fans are invited to come welcome home our victorious, conquering heroes.
We'll have more, in-depth coverage here on S&S, but right now we're going to celebrate!