For the third consecutive season, a Derek Mason-coached Vanderbilt team has unexpectedly dropped the opening game of the season. This one may have been the most painful, as the Commodores blew a 10-point halftime lead and fell 13-10 to SEC East rival South Carolina.

This game was the only league game ESPN’s Football Power Index projected Vanderbilt to win this season.

Following this loss, Mason’s overall record falls to 7-18 and his conference record falls to 2-15. The coach’s comments following the game were about as exciting as his team’s offense:

One questionable move that is curtain to have Vanderbilt fans second-guessing their coach was Mason’s decision to rotate quarterbacks early in the game – even after Kyle Shurmur was playing well and helped lead the Commodores to a 10-point advantage.

This loss will be hard to swallow for Commodore fans and may ultimately cost Mason his job in Nashville.