My alma mater, Vanderbilt University, just won the Music City Bowl, 38-24 over North Carolina State University (click here for the box score). The Music City Bowl is not one of college football's big bowls, but like all the other small bowl games, it is important to the alumni and fans of the schools involved.
What makes this bowl so special for Vandy alumni like me is that the win is the 9th on the season. Nine wins may make for a less-than-stellar season for a powerhouse school like the University of Alabama, but Vandy has not won nine games since 1915. Dan McGugin's point-a-minute squad went 9-1 that year, including shutouts in the first seven games (click here for more information on that crazy team). When Vanderbilt beat Sewanee 27-3 on Saturday, 20 November 1915, did anyone think that 35,471 days would pass before another Vanderbilt team won a 9th game?
It took just over 97 years, but Vandy finally got another nine-win season. Congratulations to Coach James Franklin and my fellow Commodores!