Vanderbilt football will play in its first bowl game under Derek Mason the day after Christmas.
It’s only fitting — after coach Derek Mason went viral with his black vest in the team’s upset win over Tennessee during the final week of the season — that the Commodores will be blacking out for the Independence Bowl against NC State, according to Vanderbilt Athletics’ digital media editor Zac Ellis.
— Zac Ellis (@ZacEllisVU) December 22, 2016
Vanderbilt had a touch stretch of games to end the season, but won four of six including games against Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee to hit the six-win threshold to become bowl eligible.
It’ll be the second time Vanderbilt has blacked out this season. It also wore black jerseys in the upset win against Ole Miss. That game saw the Commodores break a two-game losing streak to Auburn and Missouri. These are the jerseys that Vanderbilt wore in that game:
The Independence Bowl kicks off at 5 p.m. on Dec. 26 in Shreveport, La. The game will be televised on ESPN2.