Vanderbilt (3-5, 1-3 SEC) suffered an embarrassing loss to No. 18 Houston (8-0) Saturday, but the fan base still has faith in Coach Derek Mason and his Commodores. The team has yet to improve, and the turnovers are getting worse. Vanderbilt started the season with eight turnovers in its first four games, but the Commodores have descended even further, posting 13 turnovers in their last four games.
The offense is struggling, even with the move to a dual-quarterback system. Turnovers are still the biggest issue, and Mason continues to struggle finding answers with his current personnel. Outside of the turnovers, the offense just couldn’t get into scoring position; it was Houston’s first shutout of an SEC team since Mississippi State in 1969. The Vanderbilt defense held the Cougars to a season low of 34 points, but their efforts meant nothing to a team who couldn’t score.
Here are two things to know:
- Vanderbilt alumni still believe in the team regardless of its current record. Success has been hard to find for the Commodores, but fans intend to remain loyal throughout the season. Mason is having a tough time, but according to alumni, he’s still the right coach for the program.
- ESPN.com’s Sam Khan Jr. believes that despite Vanderbilt’s lackluster performance, the win was still significant for a Houston team who completely shut down a Commodores squad coming off of an emotional SEC win against Missouri the week prior. The shutout destroyed Vanderbilt’s momentum after their first SEC conference win.