Tuesday, December 23, 2008

COUNTDOWN: Vanderbilt's No. 6 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's No. 6:

6. HAWKINS STEPS UP (SOUTH CAROLINA 9/4): With Vanderbilt holding a precarious 7-point lead early in the fourth quarter against South Carolina, Jared Hawkins blasted through the Gamecock defense for a 13-yard touchdown run. On the 8-play, 68-yard drive, Hawkins carried the ball four times for 29 yards. After that play there was no doubt Hawkins would be the Commodores go-to running back for the rest of the season.

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