The Vanderbilt defense made the game-winning stop Saturday against Georgia, but it sure helps that they received a heads up.
Head coach Derek Mason alerted his team to what the Bulldogs were going to run during a timeout before the play, according to Adam Sparks of The Tennessean. Linebacker Zach Cunningham came up and made the tackle on fourth-and-1.
All the work of studying film behind the scenes seemingly paid off.
“Coach (Mason) alerted to us to the exact play they were going to run,” Cunningham said. “It was something we saw on film, but also (Mason) knew it from their formation.”
The prediction helped the Commodores win their first game in Athens, Ga., since 2006. It was Mason’s third conference win in 20 attempts. Cunningham contributed a career high 19 tackles.
The defensive stop with 56 seconds left capped off an impressive defensive performance from Vanderbilt, holding back the Georgia running game for most of the day. The Bulldogs ran for a season-low 75 yards while Mason snapped a nine-game road conference losing streak.