NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Vanderbilt University head coach Derek Mason said he really wanted to win the opener to build momentum for his football team.
After scoring the game’s first 10 points, the Dores held South Carolina to a goose egg in the first half, but South Carolina rallied to beat Vanderbilt 13-10 Thursday night.
Vanderbilt is now 0-3 in opening games under Derek Mason and hasn’t won a season opener since 2011. The loss to the Gamecocks also extends a losing streak to 8 against South Carolina.
Vandy was led by Ralph Webb who had 20 carries for 97 yards with running back Khari Blasingame scoring the teams only touchdown. The Dores passing attack didn’t do much to move the offense as Kyle Shurmer went 8-22 for 73 yards.
After scoring 10 unanswered points to tie the game in the 4th quarter, Elliott Fry kicked a career-long 55-yard field goal with 35 seconds left to give South Carolina the 13-10 win.
Up next for the Commodores is Middle Tennessee State University, who Vandy is looking for a second straight win against.
MTSU won three straight before Vanderbilt ended that skid a year ago.