by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff
January 4, 2014
Vanderbilt scored the first 24 points and the last 17 to stave off Houston 41-24 in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham on Saturday (January 4).
It was third bowl win in 6 years for the Commodores after winning just 1 in its entire history prior to 2008.
For the first time in school history, Vanderbilt has appeared in 3 consecutive bowl games, won 2 bowl games in a row, and posted back-to-back 9-win seasons with identical 9-4 records. From 1983-2007, the football program never won more than 5 games in a season.
Vanderbilt jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead, only to see Houston erase that entire deficit in the 3rd quarter. But the 4th quarter was all Vandy's as Houston's 5 drives in the period ended with 2 interceptions, 1 fumble and 2 turnovers on downs. Vanderbilt is now 4-2-1 in bowl games while the Cougars dropped to 9-12-1 and finished the season 8-5.
Vanderbilt closed the 2013 season on a 5-game winning streak after ending the 2012 campaign on a 7-game winning streak. Over the last two years, Vanderbilt is 10-0 in games played after October 26.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com projected Houston as a 0.95-point winner.