Boxscore
Cincinnati 31, Vanderbilt 24
Saturday, December 31, 2011 3:30 PM
Location - Liberty Bowl Memorial
Attendance - 57103

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Cincinnati 0 14 0 17 31
Vanderbilt 7 0 7 10 24

Recap


Ralph Abernathy returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and Cincinnati beat Vanderbilt 31-24 in the Liberty Bowl.

Isaiah Pead ran for 150 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries for the Bearcats, who finished 10-3. The Bearcats capitalized on three Commodore turnovers to win its third straight.

Vanderbilt (6-7) fell to 2-2-1 all-time in bowl games, the only wins coming in 2008 and 1955.

Jordan Rodgers started at quarterback for Vanderbilt, but Larry Smith replaced him and sparked the Commodores.

When Chris Boyd took Smith's screen pass 68 yards for a score, Vanderbilt led 21-17 early in the fourth. But Abernathy responded immediately, showing blazing speed on his pivotal return. Pead's 12-yard scoring run pushed the lead to 10. Vanderbilt made a field goal with 23 seconds left but could not recover the onside kick.

Cincinnati senior quarterback Zach Collaros, who broke his right ankle on Nov. 12, struggled in his return. He hit 12 of 29 throws for 79 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Cincinnati's defense did a nice job on Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy, who entered averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He was held to 57 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 7:34
Vanderbilt   TD  Vanderbilt 7 - Cincinnati 0
2nd Quarter - 14:17
Cincinnati   TD  Vanderbilt 7 - Cincinnati 7
2nd Quarter - 0:12
Cincinnati   TD  Vanderbilt 7 - Cincinnati 14
3rd Quarter - 3:53
Vanderbilt   TD  Vanderbilt 14 - Cincinnati 14
4th Quarter - 14:41
Cincinnati   FG  Vanderbilt 14 - Cincinnati 17
4th Quarter - 14:03
Vanderbilt   TD  Vanderbilt 21 - Cincinnati 17
4th Quarter - 13:51
Cincinnati   TD  Vanderbilt 21 - Cincinnati 24
4th Quarter - 1:51
Cincinnati   TD  Vanderbilt 21 - Cincinnati 31
4th Quarter - 0:24
Vanderbilt   FG  Vanderbilt 24 - Cincinnati 31
TEAMS

Team Records

  Cincinnati Vanderbilt
W/L 10 - 3 - 0 6 - 7 - 0
Conference 5 - 2 - 0 2 - 6 - 0

Team Stats

  Cincinnati Vanderbilt
Score 31 24
First Downs 20 14
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-15
27%
6-for-19
32%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
1-for-2
50%
Total Yards 301 295
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 44-221 36-127
Average/Rush 5.0 3.5
Passing
Comp-Att 12-29 12-34
Passing Yards 80 168
Average/Pass Play 2.5 4.7
Penalties-Yards 5-55 6-39
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 2 2
Time of Possession 30:37 29:14

PLAYER STATS

Cincinnati (10 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Collaros 12/29 80 1 2
Vanderbilt (6 - 7)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
L. Smith 8/19 142 1 1
J. Rodgers 4/14 26 0 1
Z. Stacy 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
I. Pead 28 149 5.3 1
G. Winn 6 78 13.0 1
A. McClung 1 4 4.0 0
Z. Collaros 8 -8 -1.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
Z. Stacy 18 57 3.2 1
J. Rodgers 9 33 3.7 0
R. Kent 1 17 17.0 0
L. Smith 5 17 3.4 0
J. Seymour 2 5 2.5 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Kelce 3 29 9.7 0
A. Robinson 4 16 4.0 0
I. Pead 3 15 5.0 0
A. Chisum 1 12 12.0 0
A. McClung 1 8 8.0 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Boyd 2 69 34.5 1
J. Matthews 4 56 14.0 0
B. Barden 3 20 6.7 0
W. Tate 1 12 12.0 0
Z. Stacy 2 11 5.5 0
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