NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A season that started with so much hope for N.C. State ended in the worst-case scenario on Monday in the Music City Bowl.
Vanderbilt turned five turnovers into a 38-24 win over N.C. State for its seventh straight win of the season and third bowl win in program history.
Under interim coach Dana Bible, N.C. State (7-6) was sloppy and undisciplined, racking up turnovers and penalties to close the season with the same way it started — a loss to an SEC team.
Like the 35-21 loss to Tennessee in the opener in Atlanta on Aug. 31, the Pack turned the ball over early and dug a deep hole in the first half.
Senior quarterback Mike Glennon (35-of-53, 383 yards) struggled in his bowl showcase for NFL scouts with three interceptions and one touchdown.
Vanderbilt, which ranked 10th in the country in pass defense, turned Glennon's first two interceptions into 28-14 halftime lead.
While Glennon struggled, Commodores quarterback Jordan Rodgers was efficient. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third.
The Commodores (9-4) jumped out of the gate with a touchdown on their opening drive, capped by a 5-yard pass from Rodgers to receiver Chris Boyd.
An interception by safety Kenny Ladler, who also recovered a fumble in the first half, set up Vandy's second score, a 6-yard touchdown run by running back Zac Stacy.
Stacy finished the game with 107 yards on 25 carries, most coming out of a Single Wing formation, which bludgeoned N.C. State's defense into submission.
Running back Tony Creecy got the Wolfpack on the scoreboard with a 1-yard touchdown run, to cut Vandy's lead to 14-7, but the Commodores answered with a 7-yard touchdown run by Wesley Tate.
Tobais Palmer, who dropped a touchdown pass on the Pack's first scoring drive, atoned for his mistake with a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Palmer's second kickoff return for a touchdown in three games cut Vandy's advantage to 21-14 but the Commodores turned Glennon's second interception, with 54 seconds left in the half, to another touchdown.
Jordan Matthews took a screen pass from Rodgers 18 yards to give the Commodores a 28-14 lead with 41 seconds left in the half.
Glennon threw a pick on the Pack's first possession of the second half, a jump ball in the end zone intended for receiver Charlie Hegedus, which Trey Wilson returned 65 yards to set up a field goal for Vanderbilt.
N.C. State cut the Commodores' lead to 31-17 and got the ball back early in the fourth quarter but cornerback Andre Hal knocked away a deep ball intended for receiver Rashard Smith.
Rodgers tacked on a 15-yard touchdown run with 5:11 left in the game to give Vandy nine wins in a season for the first time since 1915.
Glennon finally hooked up with Smith for a 19-yard touchdown with 2:06 left in the game but it was too late to change the disappointing ending to a disappointing season.