Sunday, December 21, 2008

COUNTDOWN: Vanderbilt's No. 8 defensive play of the year

Sure, we're counting down the 12 plays of Christmas on offense, too, but our defensive list is most important. With limited offensive production, the defense sealed Commodore wins by stopping the other team when it mattered most, putting the Vanderbilt offense in position to score with little effort, and in some cases just going ahead and providing the offense themselves.

So here we go with No. 8:

8. TRICE SACKS AND STEALS (RICE 9/13): Early in the second quarter, with Rice quarterback Chase Clement torching the Commodores for 170 passing yards and the Owls back in the red zone and anticipating a two touchdown lead, safety-turned-linebacker Brent Trice sacked Clement, forces a fumble and then recovered the ball. The Commodores tied the game on the next drive.

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