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October 26th, 2011

Vanderbilt takes down Black Knights, 44-21

Army RB Malcolm Brown scored a touchdown for the Black Knights, but it wasn’t enough as the team fell to Vanderbilt, 44-21, at Vanderbilt Stadium. fILE: Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.

Nashville, TN - Jordan Rodgers accounted for 282 yards of total offense and two touchdowns, and Zac Stacy rushed for a career-high 198 yards and three scores to lead Vanderbilt to a 44-21 victory over Army on Saturday night at Vanderbilt Stadium.

Rodgers threw for 186 yards and rushed for 96 yards to lead the Commodores, who improved to 4-3 on the year.

Freshman FB Larry Dixon rushed for a career-high 92 yards on nine carries to lead Army (2-5).

Vanderbilt jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead. Andre Hal returned the opening kickoff 53 yards to the Army 46-yard line. Eight plays later the Commodores found the end zone when Stacy rushed up the middle for a one-yard touchdown.

Following a 22-yard run by junior QB Trent Steelman on Army’s first play from scrimmage, the Black Knights fumbled on their second play to give Vanderbilt the ball at the Army 43-yard line. The Commodores quickly made it 13-0 as Rodgers hooked up with Boyd for a 43-yard touchdown strike on the very next play.

Army made a big play defensively as Andrew Rodriguez intercepted a Rodgers’ pass and set the Black Knights’ offense up at the Vanderbilt 29-yard line. Army cashed in the turnover two plays later when Malcolm Brown tip-toed down the right sideline for an 11-yard score. Alex Carlton missed the extra point attempt, however, and the score remained 13-6.

Vanderbilt extended its lead to 23-6 at halftime as the Commodores scored 10 points in the final five minutes of the second quarter.

The Commodores pushed across two more touchdowns within a one-minute span midway through the third quarter to establish a 37-6 lead.

The Black Knights pulled within 37-21 early in the fourth quarter when freshman LB Geoffrey Bacon intercepted a Rodgers pass and returned it 70 yards to pay dirt.

Stacy scored his third touchdown of the game, a 55-yard run, to put Vanderbilt in front, 44-21.

Bacon led Army’s defensive unit with a career-best 12 tackles in the contest. Senior LB Steven Erzinger had nine stops.

Army returns to action on Saturday, October 29th, when the Black Knights host Fordham at Michie Stadium. Kickoff for the contest, which is sold out, is slated for 3:30 p.m.

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