Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Moments: Vanderbilt Earns First Bowl Win in Decades

NASHVILLE -- On New Year's Eve 2008, the Vanderbilt Commodores won their first bowl game in 53 years.

How they reached this historic feat was by no means easy.

The Commodores were one of the hottest teams early in 2008 going 5-0 to start the season. However the team slipped as the year went on but managed to secure bowl eligibility with a narrow win over Kentucky. Boston College however came into the game after falling to Virginia Tech in the ACC title game, but still boasted a nine-win season on its resume.

As expected, both teams duked it out in a defensive tussle for the first three quarters. Vanderbilt took a 13-7 lead into the fourth quarter, but Boston College answered with a touchdown to go up 14-13 with 6:38 left to go in the game.

The Commodores were able to get into field goal position after a few penalty calls against the Eagles and with 3:26 left, kicker Bryant Hahnfeldt gave Vanderbilt a slim 16-14 lead off a massive 45-yard field goal.

Vanderbilt's defense held strong in the waning minutes and after the final whistle, the Commodores were hoisting the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl trophy above their heads.

This has been a Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Moment. Be a part of the next moment during Nashville's holiday tradition on Dec. 30 at Nissan Stadium. Tickets for the 2019 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl are on sale now at

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