For the second week in a row, a crucial call by the officials burned Derek Mason and his Vanderbilt squad.
The Commodores left as 26-17 losers to the Missouri, which broke an 11-game losing streak in SEC and secured the first conference win for rookie coach Barry Odom. After losing a close game with a controversial call that went against the Commodores at Auburn last week, Mason’s Vanderbilt team faced trying to overcome another very questionable call that gave Mizzou a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 19-17 game.
Here’s the play, which was flagged for defensive pass interference:
SHOWN: completely obvious defensive pass interference, according to SEC referees pic.twitter.com/ysPJaKtoTW
— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) November 12, 2016
And here’s Mason’s response, per The Tennessean’s Adam Sparks:
Derek Mason on PI penalty on Mizzou TD: "I'm just so tired right now, just looking at what happens in terms of calls in this league."
— Adam Sparks (@AdamSparks) November 13, 2016
Sitting with a 4-6 record with games against Ole Miss and Tennessee remaining on the schedule, it has become increasingly clear that the Commodores’ bowl chances are dwindling.
Mason was visibly frustrated in the moments that followed the road loss. Here’s a look at what he had to say on Saturday evening: