MUSIC CITY BOWL NOTES OF INTEREST
By JOE SHIVAK
Nashville, TN ( 12/31/12 )…………….
This year marks the 15th year for the bowl game in Nashville. It is played at LP Field, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans football team, along the Cumberland River. It was first held in 1998 when Virginia Tech beat Alabama 38-7.
The Bowl annually averages $14.8 million in economic impact to the area and more than 35,000 out of town fans visit the Nashville scene.
The game has been on ESPN Sports TV since it’s inception. The contract for SEC and ACC teams to play runs thru 2013.
Vanderbilt is making their second Music City Bowl (MCB) appearance. They last played in 2008 where they defeated Boston College 16-14 . Vandy’s Brett Upson was named MVP of that game.
The Bowl has paid out more than $35 million in support of collegiate athletics. It also annually contributes thousands of dollars to youth football member leagues in Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and northern Alabama and donates game tickets to age division champions through it Youth Football Program.
Today’s game attendance was 55,801. The capacity of LP Field is 69,143. The 2010 game between North Carolina and Tennessee set a game record capacity crowd.
Vanderbilt’s Zac Stacy was named the game’s MVP. Stacy had 107 rushing yards on 25 carries with 1 touchdown. He caught 1 pass for 12 yards and thru 1 incomplete pass.
The Franklin American Mortgage Company is the host for the MCB.
Vanderbilt is in its 123rd year of organized football.
Tobais Palmer returned a 2nd quarter kickoff 94 yards for a TD. Palmer is the first Wolfpack player since Greg Golden in the 2001 Tangerine Bowl to return a kickoff for a score in a bowl game. It was his second TD return of this season. He returned one for 100 yards in a win against Wake Forest. He is the first player since Lamont Reid in 2002 to return two kickoffs for a TD in the same season.
NC State’s QB Mike Glennon’s 383 passing yards put him over the 300 yard mark for the 6th time this season and 9th time in his career. The 5th year senior from Centerville, VA is undecided about his future plans.
The Oak Ridge Boys sang the national anthem.