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2012 was a post-season American Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl college football bowl game held on December 31, 2012 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee in the United States. The fifteenth edition of the Music City Bowl began at 11:05 a.m. CST and aired on ESPN. It featured the NC State Wolfpack from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) against the Vanderbilt Commodores from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and was the final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams. The Wolfpack accepted their invitation to the game after attaining a 7–5 regular-season record, while the hometown Commodores accepted theirs after attaining an 8–4 record.
The Wolfpack finished in third place in the Atlantic Division with a 4–4 record, resulting in the firing of head coach
Tom O'Brien after the season; assistant coach Dana Bible will coach the Wolfpack in the bowl game.
This will be the Wolfpack's first Music City Bowl.
The Commodores' season, on the other hand, was one of their more successful in recent history; finishing in fourth place in the SEC's Eastern Division with a 5–3 record, the Commodores accepted the bid to their hometown Music City Bowl.
This will be the Commodores' second Music City bowl; previously,
they had played in the 2008 game, defeating the Boston College Eagles by a score of 16–14. It is also the first time the Commodores have ever been to a bowl game in consecutive seasons; the previous season saw them reach the 2011 Liberty Bowl, losing to the Cincinnati Bearcats by a score of 31–24.
Chris Boyd 5-yard touchdown reception from Jordan Rodgers, Carey Spear kick good
Zac Stacy 6-yard touchdown run, Ryan Fowler kick good
Tony Creecy 1-yard touchdown run, Niklas Sade kick good
Wesley Tate 7-yard touchdown run, Carey Spear kick good
Tobais Palmer 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, Niklas Sade kick good
Jordan Matthews 18-yard touchdown reception from Jordan Rodgers, Ryan Fowler kick good
30-yard field goal by Carey Spear
24-yard field goal by Niklas Sade
Jordan Rodgers 1-yard touchdown run, Carey Spear kick good
Rashard Smith 19-yard touchdown reception from Mike Glennon, Niklas Sade kick good
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