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November 10, 2012

Vandy stuns Rebels with last-minute win

Jordan Rodgers hit Chris Boyd with a 26-yard touchdown pass with 53 seconds remaining, as Vanderbilt came from behind to stun Ole Miss in Oxford by a 27-26 score on Saturday evening.

The Commodores played from behind the entire evening, until Rodgers led a nine-play, 79-yard drive that started with just 2:43 left in the contest. The score came on a first-and-10 play as Boyd broke free down the left sideline and Rodgers hit him in stride.

Carey Spear added the extra point, Vandy's defense got a stop on a fourth-and-7 from the VU 48 when Bo Wallace's pass to Donte Moncreif fell incomplete, and Vanderbilt (6-4) will now be going to a bowl for the second-straight year, the first time in the history of the program that has happened.

Vanderbilt couldn't really feel good about its plight at any point all evening until Wallace's final pass fell to the turf. Vandy trailed 23-6 early in the third quarter, and gave up 403 passing yards to Wallace, but managed to find a way.

After Wallace's 1-yard touchdown run with 9:52 left in the third quarter, VU answered when Rodgers hit Jordan Matthews (nine catches, 153 yards) with a 52-yard scoring strike. A 2-yard scoring run by Wesley Tate with 2:33 left in the quarter pulled Vandy to within a field goal.

That's where the score stayed until Wallace took the Rebels on a 72-yard drive inside the Vandy 10, but the defense held. Bryson Rose's 27-yard field goal extended the Ole Miss lead to six, but Vandy and Rodgers struck back with the winning drive.

Wallace hit Vince Sanders with a 9-yard scoring toss just 3:46 into the game for the first points of the contest. Spear answered with a field goal, but Rose hit three himself in the third quarter before Spear hit one on the half's final play, as the Rebels led, 16-6, at the break.

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