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Vanderbilt Edges Wake Forest 23-21 For 8th Win

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Carey Spear kicked a 38-yard field goal with 39 seconds left, and Vanderbilt rallied to beat Wake Forest 23-21 Saturday as the Commodores finished with their second straight 8-4 season.

The Commodores now have posted consecutive eight-win seasons for the first time since 1927 and 1928 and can only hope their sluggish performance didn't hurt their chances for a bowl game outside of Tennessee. They turned it over twice in the second half, and Spear kicked two of his three field goals in the fourth quarter to give them their ninth straight win in November.

Wake Forest (4-8) lost its fifth straight.

Vanderbilt struggled coming off a big win over in-state rival Tennessee. Jordan Matthews set another Southeastern Conference mark as the league's first receiver to top 100 catches.

His biggest came on the game-winning drive on fourth-and-11 as he hauled in a 25-yarder between two defenders.

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