Vanderbilt Wins! Bryant Hahnfeldt Kicks Three as Boston College Bowl Streak Ends

Bryan HollisterAnalyst IDecember 31, 2008

Dynamite! Dynamite! When Vandy starts to fight!

With his third field goal of the game at 3:26 left in the fourth quarter, Bryant Hahnfeldt put the Vanderbilt Commodores ahead of the Boston College Eagles.

Two minutes later, Myron Lewis intercepted Dominique Davis to seal an improbable, but long-time-coming, Vanderbilt bowl victory.

It was the Commodores' first bowl trip since 1982, and only their second victory—the first coming in the 1955 Gator Bowl. 

Vanderbilt led 6-0 after Hahnfeldt's first two field goals, but had fallen behind 7-6 by the time the second half began. The Commodores' only touchdown of the game came when Sean Richardson recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone in the third quarter. 

BC answered with an 89-yard, five-play drive in the fourth quarter to put BC back up, 14-13.

With just under seven minutes to play, Vanderbilt came back on a seven-play, 48-yard drive capped off when MacKenzie Adams, on his only snap of the game, was able to draw a roughing the passer penalty against BC.

The resulting yardage put Vandy in range of Hehnfeldt's leg, and he kicked his third field goal of the game. Not only was it the game-winner, but it matched his career high for field goals in a game.

Vanderbilt can now go into the New Year as bowl champions, something they have longed to do throughout their storied history.

Only time will tell if they are able to build upon this year's success. With a number of starters returning, they have a better-than-average chance of improving their program, and in turn, their bowl record.

That record is now 2-1-1.

A winning record.