The Commodores (3-4, 1-3 SEC) pulled out their first SEC win since 2013 yesterday against Missouri (4-4, 1-4 SEC). The 10-3 final score proves that both defenses were up to the task while the invigorated Vanderbilt offense did just enough to earn the win.
Vanderbilt made a significant change on the offensive side of the ball and debuted a brand new quarterback. Freshman Kyle Shurmur, who is the seventh true freshman to start at quarterback in the program’s history, took over as sophomores Johnny McCrary and Wade Freebeck watched from the sidelines.
Here are two things to know:
- Coach Derek Mason made it clear that he was “exploring every option” at quarterback earlier on in the week, and he stuck to his word. Freshman Kyle Shurmur went from practice squad to starting quarterback over the course of one week. The change paid off according to the stats. The freshman did not throw any interceptions compared to McCrary’s league worst 10 interceptions on the season.
- Mason snatched his first ever SEC win over Mizzou. The difference may have only been one touchdown, but it was Mason’s first SEC victory since he arrived from Stanford in 2014. It’s also Vandy’s first SEC win since 2013.
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- Christian D’Andrea reported on Vanderbilt’s strong defense against Mizzou on Saturday. The Commodores held an already inefficient Tiger offense to just three points, and the boys brought in a homecoming win in Nashville.
- ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. also discussed Vanderbilt’s first SEC win in two years. The Commodores finally broke their 11-game SEC losing streak.
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