by CFP Staff
December 31, 2012
The first game of New Year's Eve saw Vanderbilt reach the 9-win plateau for the first time since 1915 with a 38-24 Music City Bowl win over mistake-prone North Carolina State.
Playing without fired head coach Tom O'Brien on the sideline, Wolfpack QB Mike Glennon was intercepted 3 times while four of the team's five total turnovers came in the first half.
The turnovers made a huge difference in a game that N.C. State dominated in yardage 424-225.
Glennon had 14 interceptions against 30 TD passes coming into the game. He threw just 1 touchdown pass against Vanderbilt's 9th-ranked pass defense and that didn't come until there was only 2:06 left to play.
Offensive coordinator Dana Bible was the interim head coach for the Wolfpack which hired Dave Doeren away from Northern Illinois on December 1.
Vanderbilt is now 3-2-1 in its bowl history with 2 Music City Bowl wins since 2008. The Commodores hadn't won a bowl game since 1955 when they defeated Boston College in the '08 game.
Vanderbilt is 15-11 in two seasons under James Franklin and has posted consecutive season bowl appearances for the first time in school history. The 'Dores lost 31-24 to Cincinnati in last year's Liberty Bowl to go 6-7. Now, the goal for 2013 will be to post consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1974-1975.
N.C. State saw its bowl record drop to 14-12-1.
The Congrove Computer Rankings projected Vanderbilt as a 7.16-point winner.