QUICK PREVIEW: Vanderbilt

NC State has accepted a bid to play in the 2016 Independence Bowl. The Wolfpack will face SEC opponent Vanderbilt. Here is a quick preview of the Commodores.

NC State has accepted a bid to play in the 2016 Independence Bowl.  The Wolfpack will face SEC opponent Vanderbilt.  Here is a quick preview of the Commodores.

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Like NC State, Vanderbilt ended the regular season 6-6, and like the Wolfpack, the Commodores capped their regular season with a win over its rival, defeating Tennessee 45-34 in the season finale.

Vanderbilt is led offensively by tailback Ralph Webb, who has rushed for 1,172 yards and 12 touchdowns.  Sophomore running back Khari Blasingame added another nine rushing scores. 

Quarterback Kyle Shurmur finished regular season play with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions.  

Defensively, Vandy is led by standout linebacker Zach Cunningham, who totaled a team-high 119 tackles and 16.5 tackles for a loss.

Here is a team breakdown of Vanderbilt... 

TEAM BREAKDOWN: Vanderbilt
Scoring Offense 23.5 ppg (No. 109)
Total Offense 358.9 ypg (No. 110)
Rushing Offense 164.9 ypg (No. 74)
Passing Offense 194.0 ypg (No. 98)
Third-Down Offense 35.76% (No. 102)
   
Scoring Defense 22.6 ppg (No. 27)
Total Defense 410.8 ypg (No. 64)
Rushing Defense 165.4 ypg (No. 59)
Passing Defense 245.4 (No. 85)
Third-Down Defense 39.20% (No. 63)

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