1974 Vanderbilt Commodores football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1974 record7–3–2 (2–3–1 SEC)
Head coachSteve Sloan
Home stadiumVanderbilt Stadium
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →

The 1974 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University in the 1974 college football season. The Commodores scored 313 points while allowing 199 points.[1] Led by head coach Steve Sloan, the Commodores had their best record since 1955 and appeared in the school's second bowl game. Vanderbilt did not return to a bowl game until 1982.

1974 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/2 Alabama 6 0 0     11 1 0
#8/6 Auburn 4 2 0     10 2 0
Georgia 4 2 0     6 6 0
#17/17 Mississippi State 3 3 0     9 3 0
#15/12 Florida 3 3 0     8 4 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     6 5 0
#20/15 Tennessee 2 3 1     7 3 2
Vanderbilt 2 3 1     7 3 2
LSU 2 4 0     5 5 1
Ole Miss 0 6 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches Poll

Season[edit | edit source]

Vanderbilt defeated Florida, Ole Miss, Tulane, Louisville, Army, Chattanooga, and the Virginia Military Institute.[2] Vanderbilt lost to Kentucky, Georgia, and Alabama. Vanderbilt's final two games ended in ties: the regular season finale against rival Tennessee and the 1974 Peach Bowl against Texas Tech.[3] Vanderbilt's final record was 7–3–2 (2–3–1 in the SEC).[4] After the season, head coach Steve Sloan left Vanderbilt to become head coach at Texas Tech, the team Vanderbilt had faced in the Peach Bowl to close the season.


Schedule[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 14, 1974* Chattanooga Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 28–6  
September 21, 1974* VMI Dudley Field • Nashville, TN W 45–7  
September 28, 1974 at #4 Alabama Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL L 10–23  
October 12, 1974 #8 Florida Dudley Field • Nashville, TN W 24–10  
October 19, 1974 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 13–20  
October 26, 1974 Ole Miss Dudley Field • Nashville, TN W 24–14  
November 2, 1974* Army Dudley Field • Nashville, TN W 38–14  
November 9, 1974 at Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium L 12–38  
November 16, 1974* Tulane Dudley Field • Nashville, TN W 30–22  
November 23, 1974* at Louisville Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY W 44–0  
November 30, 1974 at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN T 21–21  
December 28, 1974* vs. Texas Tech Atlanta-Fulton County StadiumAtlanta, GA (Peach Bowl) ABC T 6–6  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central.

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Team players drafted into in the NFL[edit | edit source]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Mark Ilgenfritz Defensive end 5 118 Cleveland Browns
Doug Nettles Defensive end 5 129 Baltimore Colts


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References[edit | edit source]

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