Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. NC State (7-5)
Monday, Dec. 31, 12 p.m. ET
LP Field (69,143) . Nashville, Tenn.
TV: ESPN (Carter Blackburn, play-by-play; Rod Gilmore, analyst; Jemele Hill, sidelines)
VANDERBILT COMMODORES (8-4, 5-3 SEC)
Head Coach: James Franklin (East Stroudsburg ’95)
Overall/Years: 14-11 (.560)/2nd Season
In Bowl Games: 0-1 (.000)
National Rankings: BCS (NR); Harris (RV); USA Today (RV); AP (RV)
Vanderbilt Bowl Appearances: 5
Vanderbilt Bowl Record: 2-2-1 (.500)
Formations: Offense – West Coast . Defense – 4-3
RB Zac Stacy (5-9, 210, Sr., Centreville, Ala.)
The senior has rushed for 1,034 yards in 2012 to become the first Vanderbilt player to record back- to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons … Ranks fifth in the SEC this season in rushing yards per game at 86.2 … Became only the 30th player in SEC football history to surpass 3,000 yards rushing in a career … The only Vanderbilt player ever to earn consecutive All-SEC honors, garnering second-team conference accolades the last two seasons.
WR Jordan Matthews (6-3, 205, Jr., Madison, Ala.)
Set the Vanderbilt single-season school record with 1,262 receiving yards and his 87 catches on the year are second-most in school history … Ranks second in the SEC in receptions per game (7.2) and re- ceiving yards per game (105.2) … A first-team All-SEC selection by both the coaches and writers and a third-team All-American by CBSSports.com … He is just shy of the SEC single-season record of 97 re- ceptions set by Keith Edwards of Vanderbilt in 1983.
DB Trey Wilson (5-11, 192, Sr., Shreveport, La.)
Started all 12 games at cornerback for Vanderbilt as part of a defense that ranked third in the SEC in pass defense … Tied for the team lead with two interceptions, returning both for touchdowns including a career-long 100-yarder vs. Presbyterian … Ranked second on the team with seven passes defended … Vanderbilt’s all-time career leader in interception returns … Only Tennessee’s Jackie Walker has returned more interceptions for touchdowns in SEC history, scoring five from 1969-71.
PK Carey Spear (5-10, 190, Jr., Mayfield Village, Ohio)
Set the Vanderbilt single-season school record for points by a kicker with 81 during the 2012 campaign … Made 19-of-22 field goals during te season, going a perfect 14-for-14 on attempts inside 43 yards … A two-time SEC Specialist of the Week and named second-team All-SEC by the AP … Led the SEC with an 86.4 percent field goal percentage.
NC STATE WOLFPACK (7-5, 4-4 ACC)
Acting Head Coach: Dana Bible (Cincinnati ’76) Overall/Years: 0-0 / 1st Game as head coach
NC State/Years: Same
National Rankings: N/A
NC State Bowl Appearances: 26
NC State Bowl Record: 14-11-1 (.558)
QB Mike Glennon (6-6, 232, Sr., Centreville, Va.)
In his second season as NC State’s starting quarterback, is currently averaging 304.0 passing yards per game, which is the second-best mark in school history behind Philip Rivers’ 345.46 in 2003 … One of only two quarterbacks in program history to average better than 300 yards passing in a single season … Ranks 23rd nationally in total offense with an average of 292.0 … Ranks among the top four in nearly every Wolfpack career passing category … One of just three quarterbacks in the BCS to have accounted for all of his team’s passing yards on the season.
SAF Earl Wolff (6-0, 207, Sr., Raeford, N.C.)
A first-team All-ACC safety who has played in 50 career games, more than any other player on the 2012 NC State squad … Leads his team and ranks fifth in the ACC in tackles per game with 9.2 … Has led his team in tackles six times this season and needs just nine more tackles to become only the fifth player in school history to record at least 400 career tackles, including becoming the first defensive back to do so.
CB David Amerson (6-3, 194, Jr., Greensboro, N.C.)
Has led the ACC in interceptions in each of the last two years and has a league-leading five on the 2012 campaign … NC State holds a 12-2 record when he records an interception, including a 5-0 tally in 2012 … A year ago, he was the national leader in interceptions and currently has 18 picks for his career … Currently ranks tied for third in ACC history with 18 career interceptions.
SAF Brandan Bishop (6-2, 205, Sr., Boca Raton, Fla.)
Ranks 10th in the ACC this season in tackles per game at 8.2 (99 total tackles) and has posted 10 or more tackles in a single game on seven occasions this season … Has started all 12 games for NC State this season … Has 49 career starts to his credit, the most of any member of the Wolfpack defensive sec- ondary.
Record: Vanderbilt leads, 1-0
Last: Vanderbilt, 7-0 (1946 at Nashville)
SERIES: Vanderbilt and NC State are meeting for just the second time in the history of the two programs. … Vanderbilt defeated NC State 7-0 on Nov. 9, 1946 in Nashville in the only previous meeting between the two schools. … NC State is 2-1 all-time when playing in the state of Tennessee. … NC State is 0-1 against teams from the SEC this season, falling to Tennessee 35-21 in the season opener. … Vanderbilt is 1-0 vs. the ACC this season, having defeated Wake Forest 55-21 in the season finale.
GAME NOTES: Vanderbilt is making just its sixth-ever appearance in a bowl game, but its first back-to- back bowl appearances in school history. … The Commodores are 2-2-1 all-time in bowl games, but dropped last season’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl, 31-24, to Cincinnati. … NC State is appearing in its 27th bowl game with an all-time record of 14-11-1 in postseason appearances. … The Wolfpack defeated Louisville 31-24 in last season’s Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.