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October 20, 2012

Stacy leads Vandy past Auburn

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt's Zac Stacy broke the school rushing record and scored a touchdown, helping Vanderbilt edge Auburn, 17-13, on Saturday afternoon at Dudley Field.

Stacy broke Frank Mordica's career mark, which had stood since the late-'70s, with a 27-carry, 169-yard effort. His third-quarter touchdown put Vandy ahead for good.

Vandy took the opening kickoff and marched the length of the field for a score, covering 75 yards in 16 plays in a drive that lasted 8:25. Wesley Tate took a snap out of the wildcat and found a gap in the left side of the Auburn defensive line, scoring from seven yards out and putting the 'Dores up, 7-0, after Carey Spear's point-after.

The Commodores set the Tigers up nicely for a scoring opportunity when Tate's option pitch to Stacy was recovered at the VU 37.

The Tigers moved the ball inside the VU 10, but the Commodores pushed back and held Auburn to a 27-yard field goal by Cody Parkey.

Later in the quarter, VU failed to convert a fourth-down at the Auburn 48. The Tigers took possession and drove 58 yards to go ahead on a 1-yard run by Tre Mason. The Commodores, though, would tie on the last play of the half when Spear converted a 30-yard field goal.

VU stormed out of the halftime whistle by forcing a punt, then drove 85 yards in seven plays, capped by Stacy's 2-yard touchdown run, to go back up, 17-10.

Auburn pulled back within four on Parkey's 39-yard field goal with 9:55 left.

The Commodores gave Auburn one final chance when Stacy fumbled at the Auburn 32 with 2:24 left, but Auburn's last drive ended at the VU 44 with 57 seconds left.

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