Friday, August 29, 2014

'Dores fall to Temple in season opener

Derek Mason's head coaching debut didn't go as planned for the Vanderbilt football team.

Committing seven turnovers, including four fumbles lost, the Commodores suffered a 37-7 loss to Temple on Thursday night in their season opener before a crowd of 30,731 at Vanderbilt Stadium.

The start of the game was delayed by more than 90 minutes due to severe weather in the Nashville area, and the rest of the night didn't go much smoother for Vanderbilt (0-1).

The Commodores, who were limited to 278 total yards of offense, used three different quarterbacks in the loss. Patton Robinette started the game but was replaced in the first half by Stephen Rivers. Freshman Johnny McCrary then took over in the third quarter for the Commodores, who trailed 21-7 at the half.

Vanderbilt's lone touchdown came in the second quarter on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Oren Burks after a bad snap on a punte attempt by Temple (1-0).

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