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Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham confront each other after last year’s game. Both coaches took issue with the other team’s extracurricular activities, which got Vanderbilt’s offensive lineman Logan Stewart and Georgia’s defensive lineman Kwame Geathers and safety Shawn Williams suspended by the SEC.

James Franklin and Georgia head coach Mark Richt discuss the situation.

Officials miss a pass interference call on 4th down against Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews late. South Carolina wins 17-13. Let the SEC conspiracy theories begin and it’s August. Ugh.

A gritty performance by a banged up Connor Shaw and Marcus Lattimore’s 109 rushing yards and 2 TDs led the 9th-ranked Gamecocks past the Commodores. Shaw showed tremendous toughness fighting through a significant injury on his throwing shoulder.

Vanderbilt was aiming for its first win over a top 10 team since 2007 when it upset the Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C.

A few takeaways:

  • Shaw’s a tough, gritty player, but if they keep using him like that, he won’t make it through the season.
  • Lattimore lacked confidence and burst off his knee and still ran for 100+ yards. Once he gets his confidence back, he’ll be very good again.
  • The Gamecocks will miss Alshon Jeffery stretching out opposing defenses — doesn’t look like there’s a replacement for him.
  • Ellis Johnson was a very underrated DC — we’ll be interested to see how they fair without him.
  • Vandy had plenty of opportunities, but the game made a change when James Franklin elected to try the 51-yard FG in the second half. His kicker made two earlier tries, but was limited on distance.
  • The game squeezed down to a handful of plays afterwards and there was no guarantee Vandy would have scored after the missed pass interference call.
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In continuing efforts to make Vanderbilt football relevant, the ‘Dores have embraced the latest trend of infinite uniform combinations with the introduction of white and black helmets to go along with its gold ones. Nice style. Wins?

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Vanderbilt wore white helmets from 1986 to 1989 under Mack’s brother, Watson Brown. They went 1-10, 4-7, 3-8 and 1-10. Terrible.

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A Thursday night victory over South Carolina in 2008 for the ‘Dores

The head ball coach (yeah, click clack) takes his 9th-ranked Gamecocks into Vanderbilt Stadium to open the 2012 season this Thursday. Awaiting is James Franklin’s Vandy squad and a little bit of history.

The last time a ranked South Carolina football team played on a Thursday night in Nashville was 2008.

They lost to Bobby Johnson’s ‘Dores 24-17.

Spurrier brings a much better Gamecock team to Vanderbilt in two nights. However, an improved team resides in Nashville too.

Let’s all go to Tootsie’s.