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November 20, 2012

Vanderbilt - WFU Capsule

Game Day
Line: Vanderbilt by 11 1/2
Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Winston-Salem, N.C. - BB&T Field (31,500)
TV: ESPNU (Watch Online)
Announcers: Anish Shroff (play-by-play) & Dan Hawkins (color analyst)
Radio: Wake Forest Sports Network; SiriusXM (Sirius 112, XM 197)
Announcers: Stan Cotten (play-by-play), Dave Goren (color analyst) & Michael Hoag (sideline)
Weather: Winston-Salem Forecast
Rankings: Vanderbilt: Not Ranked; Wake Forest: Not Ranked
Coaches: Vanderbilt: James Franklin (13-11 at Vandy; 13-11 Overall; Wake Forest: Jim Grobe (73-73 at WFU; 106-106-1 Overall)

Vanderbilt At A Glance
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Nickname: Commodores
Colors: Black & Gold
Conference: SEC
Stadium: Vanderbilt Stadium (40,350)
Surface: Artificial
2011 Record: 6-7 (2-6)
2012 Record: 7-4 (5-3)
More on the Commodores: Schedule - Statistics - Roster - Message Boards - VandySports.com - Official Site

Last Game
Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt ended years of frustration at the hands of their in-state rival Tennessee with one of its best victories in decades. Making their celebration even sweeter? The Commodores also ensured Tennessee's third straight losing season with a 41-18 victory Saturday night. Final Score: Vanderbilt 48, Tennessee 18

Wake Forest: QB Everett Golson threw three touchdown passes as the third-ranked Fighting Irish blanked Wake Forest and finished unbeaten at home for the first time since 1998. Alex Ramsey intercepted a pass to stop one Notre Dame scoring threat in the end zone for the Demon Deacons, and QB Tanner Price finished 22-of-33 passing for 155 yards. Wake Forest needs a win over visiting Vanderbilt this Saturday in order to become bowl eligible Final Score: Notre Dame 38, Wake Forest 0

Vanderbilt-Wake Forest Series
Wake Forest finishes the regular season for the second-straight year by hosting Vanderbilt. The non-conference series between the two schools runs through the 2015 season. The Demon Deacons have won three of the last four meetings in the series. The Commodores snapped Wake Forest's three-game win streak last season with a 41-7 victory at BB&T Field.

Vanderbilt-Wake Forest Notes
VU: The Commodores travel to Winston-Salem this Saturday in search of their first six-game win streak in nearly 60 years. Vanderbilt's last six-game streak came in 1955, a campaign that concluded with a Commodore win over Auburn in the Gator Bowl.

VU: Under Head Coach James Franklin, the Commodores are 5-2 in the month of November. In the decade before Franklin arrived on campus, Vanderbilt was 3-32 in November games.

VU: Andre Hal (Jr., CB) was recognized as the SEC's Defensive Player of the Week Monday for his two-interception effort in Vanderbilt's 41-18 victory over Tennessee. Hal becomes the sixth Commodore to earn SEC weekly honors this year.

VU: Under James Franklin, the Commodores have registered four victories in Southeastern Conference action by 23 or more points. From 1957-2010, the Commodores had four total wins against SEC opponents by 23 points or more. The decisive wins under Franklin have come against Ole Miss (30-7, Sept. 9, 2011), Kentucky (38-8, Nov. 12, 2011), Kentucky (40-0, Nov. 3, 2012) and Tennessee (41-18, Nov. 17, 2012).

VU: The Vanderbilt defense is on pace to allow the fewest total points in nearly 40 years. At the same time, the Commodore offense is contending for a similar accomplishment. The Commodore defense, who has registered two shutouts this season, is allowing just 18.0 points per game. The current average is 4.1 points less than a year ago, and approaching the team's season best for scoring defense (16.6 ppg in 1974) since the 1970 season.

VU: The Vanderbilt offense is averaging 27.0 points. That average is just 0.2 points off the 2005 total that ranks as the Commodore high mark since 1970.

WFU: CB Allen Ramsey recorded his first interception of the season when he picked off a pass in the end zone vs. Notre Dame.

WFU: The Deacons are looking to become bowl eligible with a victory against the Commodores.

WFU: CB Kevin Johnson broke up three passes against Notre Dame, giving him a team-best 15 on the year.

WFU: P Alexander Kinal punted 10 times against the Irish, setting a new school single-season record for punts with 90. He also tied the ACC record set by Dan DeArmas of Maryland in 1991.

Team notes courtesy of the ACC, Vanderbilt & Wake Forest Athletic Communications

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