WATCH: Benches clear after explosive Derek Mason, Dan Mullen exchange
Saturday’s Vanderbilt-Florida game in Nashville is getting testy, and tensions boiled over late in the second quarter.
When a Vandy defender went down near the Florida sideline, coach Derek Mason made his way over to check on his player. While he was over there, he had some choice words for Florida coach Dan Mullen and DC Todd Grantham.
As you can see in the video below, Mullen has to be held back from going after Mason for whatever he was yelling at the Florida sideline:
Dan Mullen and Derek Mason shouting at each other.
Two #Florida players just got ejected.
All while a #Vanderbilt player was lying on the field hurt because of targeting.
— CHRIS TORELLO (@TorelloSports) October 13, 2018
Dan Mullen and Todd Grantham in a shouting match with Derek Mason. pic.twitter.com/xfIxyUtiNJ
— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) October 13, 2018
Then, both benches cleared, but the teams were kept apart well by coaches and officials before things could escalate further:
Tempers flared between Florida and Vanderbilt after a targeting call on the Gators pic.twitter.com/OBuiPv24nk
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 13, 2018
The fracas stemmed from a targeting foul that cost a Florida linebacker the rest of his day. Star Florida LB Vosean Joseph also earned himself an ejection for his second personal foul of the game — a huge loss for the Gators.
The Commodores hold a 21-10 lead late in the second quarter. The officials will have their hands full to keep both teams in check moving forward.