Trailing by 7 points in the final minute of Saturday’s game against Kentucky, Vanderbilt had first-and-goal at the 8.
But one Kyle Shurmur incomplete pass was followed by another, another and a final one on fourth down.
The result: a 20-13 loss that left the Commodores 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the SEC.
It also leaves Vanderbilt in last (again) in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll.
The 17-person panel includes voters from SEC Country and the national media.
Next week, Vanderbilt travels to Georgia. The Commodores have lost 19 of their last 21 meetings with the Bulldogs, dating back to 1995. The Commodores last beat the Bulldogs in 2013 — 31-27.
“When you look at our games, we’ve been in every ballgame that we’ve played,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. “The miscues are eating us up. I just have to do a better job of getting this team to function well in those situations because we demanded more and had less of those penalties in the second half.”
After playing Georgia next Saturday, Vanderbilt plays at home Oct. 22 against Tennessee State before getting a bye week in front of back-to-back matchups at Auburn and at Missouri.
Your Week 6 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||221||17||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||202||0||2||2||3|
|3||Tennessee (9 - 4)||179||0||3||3||5|
|4||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||175||0||4||2||6|
|5||Auburn (8 - 5)||135||0||8||4||9|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||131||0||6||5||9|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||118||0||5||4||9|
|8||LSU (8 - 4)||117||0||7||4||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||99||0||9||6||9|
|10||Kentucky (7 - 6)||54||0||11||10||13|
|11||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||45||0||10||10||14|
|12||Missouri (4 - 8)||42||0||12||10||13|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||27||0||13||10||14|
|14||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||2||0||14||13||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Ben Wait (Columbus Commercial Dispatch)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)