Sunday, December 28, 2008

COUNTDOWN: Vanderbilt's No. 1 offensive play of the year

Call these the 12 plays of Christmas: In a season in which Vanderbilt needed all the offense it could get, 12 plays helped us become bowl eligible for the first time in 26 years.

Here, at long last, is No. 1:

1. BARDEN’S CATCH (AUBURN 10/4): Early in the second half against Auburn in Nashville, Mackenzie Adams drifted out of the pocket, waited for Brandon Barden to drift across the back of the end zone and hit the big freshman tight end for a 1-yard touchdown pass against the vaunted Auburn offense. Bryant Hahnfeldt kicked the PAT and the Commodores had a 14-13 lead, something that would have seemed impossible when they fell behind 13-0 in the first quarter. Neither team scored again and Vanderbilt stunned the Tigers, winning for the first time since 1955.

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