The day belonged to Zac Stacy.
The senior running back became Vanderbilt’s all-time rushing leader with 169 yards on 27 carries, helping the Commodores hold off Auburn, 17-13, on Saturday. He broke the record on a 27-yard run late in the fourth quarter, which helped put the game out of reach.
The win moves Vanderbilt to 3-4, 2-3 in the SEC, and keeps its bowl hopes alive. Stacy, an Alabama native, now has 2,669 career rushing yards, passing Frank Mordica to become the school’s all-time leader. It was his second 100-yard game of the season, and he also scored a touchdown midway through the third quarter to give the Commodores the lead for good.
For Auburn, the loss drops them to 1-6 on the year and 0-5 in the SEC. The lone bright spot for the Tigers was sophomore running back Tre Mason, who rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown, but the Tigers couldn’t find any consistency from the quarterback position, a theme that has plagued them all season.
Starter Clint Moseley finished 14 of 20 for just 98 yards. True freshman signal caller Jonathan Wallace came in to give Auburn a spark, but it wasn’t enough. Wallace completed his only pass attempt of the game for 11 yards.
With three remaining SEC games against Texas A&M, Georgia and Alabama, there’s a good chance Auburn finishes winless in the conference for the first time since 1980.