NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt beat North Carolina State 38-24 in the 2012 Music City Bowl, completing their first 9-win season in 97 years.
Jordan Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score. The Commodores had only 225 total yards compared to 424 for N.C. State, but forced a season-high five turnovers, including four in the first half, and turned those into 17 points.
The last time Vanderbilt won 9 games was in 1915, when they went 9-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play. That year they won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship.
It's only the third time the smallest and only private university in the Southeastern Conference has won as many as nine games in a season.
"When you get to the point you're winning 9 games you're put in a different category," said coach James Franklin.
The win also marks Franklin's first win at Vanderbilt over a team with a winning record.
Since taking over as head coach, Franklin has gone 15-11 overall and 7-9 in the Southeastern Conference, but his Commodores have gone to the post-season each year.
It was the first time Vanderbilt went to back-to-back bowl games in school history – and third in the last five years. With the win, Vanderbilt earned a 3-2-1 all-time post-season record.
They also finished with seven straight wins, their longest streak since winning eight in 1948.
N.C. State (7-6) wrapped up the season under interim coach Dana Bible snapping a two-game bowl winning streak.
The Wolfpack had their fifth game this season with at least four turnovers, and that helped wipe out a 424-225 advantage in total offense.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)