NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -
kicked a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter after Duke missed its first two attempts, and the
made that stand in beating Vanderbilt 10-7 on Saturday.
Duke (4-3) snapped a six-game skid in this series and put a serious dent in Vanderbilt's bowl hopes. The Commodores (5-3)
lost their third straight game trying to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1982 after opening the season with
five straight wins in their best start since 1943.
coach David Cutcliffe came in 23-2 when coaching against Vanderbilt with his stints at Tennessee and Mississippi, and he improved
to 6-0 as head coach against Commodores coach
Duke controlled most of an ugly game, coming up with four sacks and three turnovers. The last sealed the victory with 38 seconds
left as the Commodores had one last try.
picked off a pass from
at the Duke 1.
recovered a fumbled punt by Vandy's
midway through the third at the Commodores 15 that set up Maggio's field goal.
missed a 50-yard attempt, Maggio missed a 43-yarder just before halftime and never got a chance to try a 52-yarder in the
first after a fumbled snap.
, who missed a 34-yard field-goal attempt wide left at the start of the second quarter, had a chance to tie it at 10 with
7:16 left. But he pushed a 43-yard attempt wide right.
threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to
just before halftime for a 7-0 lead. It was Jackson's fourth reception of the season, and he finished with three catches for
Vanderbilt's defense kept the Commodores in the game by holding Duke to 250 yards total offense.
had two of five sacks. The last came when
came untouched and sacked Lewis on third-and-2 from the Vandy 2, knocking the ball loose. T.J. Greenstone recovered for Vandy.
Four plays later, Adams dropped back and threw deep to
who caught the ball and finished off a 79-yard touchdown to pull Vandy within 10-7 with 13:20 left. Adams had completed only
one pass in the first half and was just 4-of-11 for 38 yards before the scoring play.