NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was impossible to walk out of Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville Thursday night and not hear a familiar refrain.
“Same ol’ Vandy.”
Pardon Commodore fans for being a bit down in the dumps, but at least the negativity was understandable. On a night when Vanderbilt ran 23 more plays than Western Kentucky and outgained the Hilltoppers 385 to 246, the Commodores still walked off the field on the short end of a 14-12 score.
The problems were mostly in the red zone where Vanderbilt had two Johnny McCrary passes intercepted in the end zone on a night the Commodores committed three turnovers to none for Western Kentucky.
Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason’s decision in the off-season to fire both coordinators and serve as his own defensive coordinator this fall had mixed results. While the Vandy defense performed well against a Western Kentucky team expected to have a high-powered offense, the offense is still a work in progress. It all added up to Vanderbilt taking a 3-0 lead to the halftime while lamenting a few missed opportunities that would have added up to a much larger lead. That included a shanked 28-yard field goal attempt on a low snap and the first of McCrary’s two costly interceptions.
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