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There was no “Music City Miracle” for BC as Vanderbilt upset the Eagles and won their first bowl since 1955. The Eagles brought in the nation’s longest current consecutive bowl game win streak at eight games, including a 2001 Music City win over Georgia.
The Eagles got behind early after starting the game with three three-and-outs in their first four possessions. Vanderbilt took advantage of the field position and made field goals on their first two possessions to hold the early lead.
Dominique Davis looked very rusty early on, overthrowing and underthrowing recievers, though Montel Harris failed to help him early on, dropping a wide open pass in the flat for a sure first down. Davis threw an interception on the next Eagle possession, but then showed a flash of the talent he has on BC’s final first half possession. He engineered a 17-play, 63-yard drive touchdown drive, hitting Harris in the corner of the endzone to give BC the halftime lead.
The Commodores retook the lead on their first possession of the second half on the punt. The ball caromed off of Paul Anderson as he was lining up a block and Vanderbilt recovered the ball after it squirted into the end zone. The score remained 13-7 until midway through the fourth when BC took possession on their own ten. Davis hit Justin Jarvis for 30 on third down and then hit freshman Colin Larmond, Jr. for a 55-yard touchdown to give BC a brief lead.
However, Vanderbilt came right back to take the lead with a 45-yard field goal on a drive punctuated by a questionable roughing the passer call on Mark Herzlich. BC then went three-and-out and with 2:36 to go and all three time outs, elected to punt the ball. The decision turned out to be the right one as BC got the ball back with over a minute to go, but on the drive’s second play, Davis threw an interception to end the game.
BC finished the regular season with three wins to take the Atlantic Division, in what were essentially playoff games and then faltered in the ACC Championship Game for the second consecutive year to Virginia Tech. With the New Year’s Eve loss, BC wrapped up a 9-5 season in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, exceeding the expectations of many, including this writer. Coach Jeff Jagodzinski is now 20-8 as the Eagles head coach.