On Saturday, Derek Mason and his Commodore team came from 14 points down to beat Western Kentucky, 31-30.
It was his quarterback, Kyle Shurmur, leading a drive at the end of regulation, going 4 of 8 for 60 yards to set up Ralph Webb’s two yard plunge into the end zone to force overtime. A defensive stop on a failed two point conversion sealed the game and completed the comeback win.
The last time Vanderbilt came back from a 14 point deficit was two years ago against UMass in Mason’s first year. It took a Minutemen missed 55 yard field goal to capture that W.
Florida travels to Nashville this week, coming off of a disastrous 2nd half to the Tennessee Volunteers. The Gators gave up 38 straight points to the Vols and crumbled down the stretch, 38-28.
Last year, Vanderbilt had an opportunity to beat the eventual SEC East champs in Gainsville but the inability to mount a drive with 2:22 left on the clock thwarted the Dores chances as they fell, 9-7.
Vandy will be in a situation again where they will need points at the end of the game and now Mason can point to their victory against WKU to give them the confidence they need to pull out a win.