Ten Plays that Beat Rice

With a 38-21 victory over Rice, Vanderbilt improved to 3-0 for just the third time since 1984. Let's take a look at the top 10 plays that helped the Commodores achieve that feat.

1st quarter, Vanderbilt 1st and 10 at Rice 35. D.J. Moore rushes 24 yards to the Rice 11. This sets up a Sean Walker 5-yard scoring run which tied the score with 4:22 remaining in the first quarter.

2nd quarter, Rice 1st and 10 at Vanderbilt 28. Brent Trice forced a fumble by Chase Clement. Vanderbilt avoids falling behind 21-7 and gets the ball at their own 32 setting up a scoring drive that would knot the score at 14.

2nd quarter, Vanderbilt 1st and 10 at Rice 14. Chris Nickson runs it in for a touchdown to tie the score at 14 with 8:20 remaining in the half.

2nd quarter, Vanderbilt 3rd and 2 at Rice 7. Tailback Jared Hawkins darts into the end zone to tie the score at 21 with just 15 second to go in the half.

3rd quarter, Vanderbilt 1st and 10 at Rice 27. Wide receiver Jamie Graham takes a pitch from Nickson and races to the right and finally diving into the end zone for a score. With 11:41 remaining in the third quarter this gave Vandy a 28-21 lead that they would never give up.

3rd quarter, Rice 3rd and 10 at Vandy 41. Chase Clement is sacked for a loss of 11 yards by Myron Lewis. This play was huge because it force Rice to punt and prevented them from knotting the score at 28.

3rd quarter, Vanderbilt 4th and 10 at Rice 31. Kicker Bryant Hahnfeldt drills a 48-yard field goal and gives Vanderbilt a 10-point lead at 31-21 with 3:43 remaining in the third quarter.

4th quarter, Rice 4th and 1 at VU 30. Tight end James Casey's pass is incomplete to Jarett Dillard. This defensive stop was huge because it kept Rice from pulling within one score of the Commodores.

4th quarter, Rice 4th and 10 at Rice 21. Kyle Martens' punt is returned 67-yards by D.J. Moore to the Owl 1-yard-line. This setup Vanderbilt's final score.

4th quarter, Vanderbilt 1st and 10 at Rice 1. Chris Nickson sneaks in from the 1 giving Vandy a 17-point cushion with 10 minutes remaining in the game.


Jamie Graham dives for a Vanderbilt TOUCHDOWN! (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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