Sunday, January 4, 2009
Vanderbilt's top plays of the season — adjusted for the Music City Bowl
Before Vanderbilt's Music City Bowl victory, we gave you the Commodores' top 12 plays of the season on offense, defense and special teams. Well, time to do some updating.
We've added six plays from the Boston College game:
• Offense (2): Larry Smith's pass to George Smith that set up the game-winning field goal.
• Offense (8): Larry Smith's 51-yard bomb to Sean Walker in the first quarter.
• Defense (3): Myron Lewis' interception to end the game.
• Special teams (1): Brett Upson's amazing coffin corner punt that bounced off an Eagle returner's leg and was recovered in the end zone by true freshman Sean Richardson (see photo above).
• Special teams (2): Bryant Hahnfeldt's game-winning field goal.
• Special teams (5): Brett Upson's 43-yard punt late in the third quarter that was downed on the BC 3 yard line.
With these six plays replacing other plays, the Auburn game still holds the most big plays for the Commodores with eight, followed by six big plays apiece in the Boston College, South Carolina and Ole Miss games. The Kentucky game had five big plays, Rice four and Miami (Ohio) one.
Anyway, here are the updated rankings:
1. BARDEN’S CATCH (AUBURN 10/4)
2. NEW! SMITH TO SMITH SETS UP WINNING FG (BOSTON COLLEGE 12/31)
3. TD TO D.J. PART 1 (AT KENTUCKY 11/15)
4. NICKSON GOES LONG (SOUTH CAROLINA 9/4)
5. MACK TO WHEELER FOR SIX (AUBURN 10/4)
6. TD TO D.J. PART 2 (AT KENTUCKY 11/15)
7. HAWKINS STEPS UP (SOUTH CAROLINA 9/4)
8. NEW! SMITH GOES DEEP TO WALKER (BOSTON COLLEGE 12/31)
9. HAWKINS...COULD...GO... (AT OLE MISS 9/20)
10. GRAHAM GRABS LEAD (RICE 9/13)
11. NICKSON GETS ROLLING (AT KENTUCKY 11/15)
12. MACK KEEPS DRIVE ALIVE (AUBURN 10/4)
1. MARVE’S GOAL LINE STRIP (AT OLE MISS 9/20)
2. HAMILTON GETS DORES ON BOARD (AT OLE MISS 9/20)
3. NEW! MYRON'S PICK ICES GOLDEN EAGLES (BOSTON COLLEGE 12/31)
4. D.J. SEALS THE DEAL (AT KENTUCKY 11/15)
5. HAMILTON LEADS GOAL LINE STAND (AT OLE MISS 9/20)
6. HAMILTON PULLS HAT TRICK (AT OLE MISS 9/20)
7. DORES BUILD BRICK WALL (AUBURN 10/4)
8. SPEAD ROBS SMELLEY (SOUTH CAROLINA 9/4)
9. TRICE SACKS AND STEALS (RICE 9/13)
10. D.J. COOLS OFF CATS (AT KENTUCKY 11/15)
11. MYRON PUTS TIGERS ON ICE (AUBURN 10/4)
12. LANGFORD HALTS DRIVE (SOUTH CAROLINA 9/4)
SPECIAL TEAM PLAYS
1. NEW! THE INCREDIBLE BOUNCING PUNT AND TOUCHDOWN (BOSTON COLLEGE 12/31)
2. NEW! HAHNFELDT NAILS GAME WINNER (BOSTON COLLEGE 12/31)
3. UPSON PUTS GAME OUT OF REACH (AUBURN 10/4)
4. BOUNCE GOES VANDERBILT’S WAY (SOUTH CAROLINA 9/4)
5. NEW! UPSON PINS BACK EAGLES LATE IN THIRD QUARTER (BOSTON COLLEGE 12/31)
6. D.J. RETURN GETS THINGS ROLLING (AUBURN 10/4)
7. STOKES BLOCKS FIELD GOAL (SOUTH CAROLINA 9/4)
8. TIGER MISS TURNS OUT TO BE DIFFERENCE (AUBURN 10/4)
9. D.J. NEEDS 92 YARDS, GETS 91 (MIAMI-OHIO 8/28)
10. UPSON PUNTS, HAMILTON RECOVERS (AT OLE MISS 9/20)
11. UPSON PINS OWLS (RICE 9/13)
12. HAHNFELDT GIVES BREATHING ROOM (RICE 9/13)