Vanderbilt-Wake Forest Photo Story

Winston-Salem, N.C.- The Vanderbilt Commodores opened the 2005 season with a rousing victory over favored Wake Forest. VandyMania's Don Yates captured these images of a special night for Vanderbilt football.

Coin toss. Deacons to receive.

Last minute intsructions.

Teammates look on in anticipation.

First half action shot of VU defense.

The two battle to a 3-3 tie during the first quarter.

Quaterback Jay Cutler and running back Jeff Jennings converse before a play. Jennings would go on to score the winning touchdown late in the game.

More first half action and senior linebacker Moses Osemwegie (#30) gets ready for a play.

Wake's punter backed Vanderbilt up to the one with a fine punt.

The Vanderbilt offense talks things over. The unit registered over 400 total yards on the night.

Vanderbilt staff members and players look on the action from the sidelines late in the game.

With Vandy clinging to a 24-20 lead Wake Forest quarterback Benjamin Mauk tries to bring the deacons back. Freshman safety Reshard Langford stands ready in the foreground (#33)

The Vanderbilt defense looks to the sidelines for instructions late in the game. The unit gave up over 450 yards total offense to Wake Forest but made key plays during the game.

Jay Cutler gets ready for the victory snap.

Vanderbilt players and staff rush the field after the final horn sounds. Vandy wins 24-20!

Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson looks for his counterpart Jim Grobe.

Players from both teams had a postgame prayer session.

Vanderbilt fans cheered the team well after the game was over.

Erik Davis (#2) and Chris Nickson (#3) congratulate each other.

Commodore staff members share a hug.

Jay Cutler gets congrats from Larry Leathers.

A happy Andrew Pace answers questions from the media.

Vanderbilt fans and player family members wait to congratulate players as they emerge from the locker room. Top Stories