2008 Music City - Profiles, History & More
Vanderbilt DB D.J. Moore
Vanderbilt DB D.J. Moore
Posted Dec 29, 2008

Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2008 Music City Bowl.

2008 Music City Bowl

Vanderbilt (6-6) vs. Boston College (9-4)

Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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Music City Bowl History
2007 Kentucky 35, Florida State 28
2006 Kentucky 28, Clemson 20
2005 Virginia 34, Minnesota 31
2004 Minnesota 20, Alabama 16
2003 Auburn 28, Wisconsin 14
2002 Minnesota 29, Arkansas 14
2001 Boston College 20, Georgia 16
2000 West Virginia 49, Mississippi 38
1999 Syracuse 20, Kentucky 13
1998 Virginia Tech 38, Alabama 7

Best Eagle Bowl Moment: The 1984 season will forever be remembered fondly by Eagle fans.  It was the year of Flutie, the Heisman and the miracle in Miami. It was also the scene of Boston College’s first bowl win in 44 years, a 45-28 thumping of Houston in the 1985 Cotton Bowl. Flutie threw three touchdown passes, but the real hero was running back Troy Stradford, who ran for 196 yards and was named the game’s MVP.
Best Commodore Bowl Moment: Three bowl appearances. One victory, which occurred more than half a century ago in the 1955 Gator Bowl. Facing SEC rival Auburn, Vanderbilt pulled away behind the heroics of QB Don Orr, who was questionable to even dress for the game. Still recovering from a dislocated elbow suffered a month earlier, he rebounded with a touchdown pass and two touchdown runs to earn game MVP honors.

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Boston College:
DT B.J. Raji. While no single player is responsible for Boston College’s No. 7 run defense, the return of Raji this season from academic suspension can’t be overlooked. A classic 6-1, 323-pound space-eater in the middle of the line, he’s made life easier for the rest of the defense, occupying more than one blocker and allowing the more athletic Eagles to collapse down and make stops.  

Vanderbilt: CB D.J. Moore. If Moore submits his paperwork to the NFL advisory committee, he’s going to like the feedback he gets. A multi-faceted lockdown corner, he’ll make plays on special teams, and even caught a pair of touchdown passes in a November win over Kentucky. He’s a dynamic all-around athlete, who might be thinking he has little more to gain athletically by returning to Nashville for one final season.

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Boston College
: QB Dominique Davis. An unfortunate broken collarbone to Chris Crane has provided a glimpse into the future at Boston College. While Davis was always pegged as the successor behind center, no one expected the wraps to come off so soon. The redshirt freshman has played the last three games and will get all of the first-team reps in December, which will surely hasten his development heading into next spring.

Vanderbilt: TE Brandon Barden. In his first season since transferring from Virginia Tech, Barden has emerged into a reliable target on intermediate routes. An athletic 6-5, 245-pounder, who played quarterback in high school, he’s caught 27 passes for 204 yards and four touchdowns. With more time at the position and in the weight room, the sky will be the limit for the redshirt freshman.

Best Non-Game Event
The night before the game, thousands of fans enjoy MusicFest/Battle of the Bands presented by Country Music Television (CMT) where bands from the participating universities square off downtown in the ultimate pep rally. It wouldn’t be the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl without the music, right?

The can’t-miss event for the teams is the welcome party where players go head-to-head in perhaps an even better contest off the field. The battle royale, a good old fashion rib eating contest between the two teams, is a consistent player favorite.

Player Gift Package
Each player will receive a Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Fossil wrist watch, a Sony Electronics package that includes a pair of noise canceling headphones and MP3 player, an Adidas fleece jacket, and an Armor Gear backpack.

Charitable Component
Celebrating its sixth season, the bowl’s community-outreach campaign, the Youth Football Program, has brought the spirit of the bowl to the families of more than 20,000 players, cheerleaders, and coaches in 20 youth football leagues throughout Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and northern Alabama in 80 communities.

The mission of the bowl’s Youth Football Program is to positively impact regional youth football leagues by providing financial support, tangible benefits and unique experiences. The bowl annually gives about $25,000-$30,000 in cash donations to the leagues, plus thousands of dollars in bowl tickets are donated. Approximately 75 championship teams parade onto LP Field to start the game in an exciting champion’s ceremony, providing teams a unique experience of being recognized in front of tens of thousands of fans.

How Success is Measured
The bowl utilizes the Nashville Sports Council’s nationally recognized Scorecard Report to measure the impact and effectiveness of sporting events on the local economy. The Scorecard measures economic impact, media exposure, and community involvement based on ratings and surveys from participants, spectators, volunteers and media that attended the event.

The measurements include overall ticket sales, pre-team announcement ticket sales, television ratings, out-of-town visitors, media coverage and bowl week activity attendance, among others.

MVP of the Bowl
While the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl would love to select one individual as its Most Valuable Player, it is nearly impossible because of the enormous team effort it takes to put on a fun-filled bowl week and climactic game. With a full-time staff of nine and countless partners, the bowl is truly a community-wide effort.

Impact to the Community
Since the bowl’s 1998 inception, more than $20 million has been contributed to participating universities, 46 million viewers have watched the event on ESPN, and $142 million in economic impact has been generated for the Nashville community. Economic impact is determined through on-site surveys of attendees, participants, media, volunteers and spectators.

For the 2007 game between Kentucky and Florida State, the bowl ranked ninth in attendance out of all 32  games, with only two non-BCS bowls having more fans in attendance. The bowl continues to break attendance records, gaining popularity with Middle Tennesseans and conference schools. Pre-announcement ticket sales continue to increase, proving that this game is now considered a “must-see” for regional fans.

As noted above, the bowl also has a positive impact on the community through the all-important Youth Football Program. In 2008 alone, the bowl donated more than $25,000 to member leagues, as well as more than $150,000 worth of game tickets through the generous support of local companies and individuals.

Role of Volunteers
Tennessee is called the Volunteer State for a reason.  The bowl is extremely grateful to the droves of volunteers that serve in every capacity, assisting with media, teams, players, fans and bowl week events.  They are indispensable, continuing to show Nashville visitors that the city is hospitable, welcoming and friendly.

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Vanderbilt Bowl History (1-1-1)
1982 Hall of Fame Air Force 36, Vanderbilt 28
1974 Peach Vanderbilt 6, Texas Tech 6
1955 Gator Vanderbilt 25, Auburn 13
Boston College Bowl History (13-6)
2007 Champs Sports Boston College 24, Michigan State 21
2006 Meineke Boston College 37, Navy 24
2005 MPC Computers Boston College 27, Boise State 21
2004 Continental Tire Boston College 37, North Carolina 24
2003 San Francisco Boston College 35, Colorado State 21
2002 Motor City Boston College 51, Toledo 25
2001 Music City Boston College 20, Georgia 16
2000 Aloha Boston College 31, Arizona State 17
1999 Insight.com Colorado 62, Boston College 28
1994 Aloha Boston College 12, Kansas State 7
1993 Carquest Boston College 31, Virginia 13
1992 Hall of Fame Tennessee 38, Boston College 23
1986 Hall of Fame Boston College 27, Georgia 24
1984 Cotton Boston College 45, Houston 28
1983 Liberty Notre Dame 19, Boston College 18
1982 Tangerine Auburn 33, Boston College 26
1942 Orange Alabama 37, Boston College 21
1940 Sugar Boston College 19, Tennessee 13
1939 Cotton Clemson 6, Boston College 3