Thursday, December 25, 2008

COUNTDOWN: Vanderbilt's No. 4 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. 4:

4. HAMILTON LEADS GOAL LINE STAND (AT OLE MISS 9/20): After Ole Miss started the second half with a 78-yard drive down to the VU1 yard line, the bend-but-don’t-break Commodore defense stopped Cordera Eason on third down and then, thanks to a diving blitz by Ryan Hamilton, stopped him again on fourth down for a stunning goal line stand.

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