Vanderbilt looking to build on long-awaited quality SEC win

Vanderbilt inside linebacker Zach Cunningham brings down Georgia running back Nick Chubb for one of his 19 tackles last Saturday.

It took 31 attempts, but the Vanderbilt Commodores finally have a signature triumph in the Derek Mason coaching era.

The big question now is what happens next, because Mason knows his Commodores didn't just turn into talent-laden Alabama overnight.

Vanderbilt was a two-touchdown underdog entering last Saturday's 17-16 win at Georgia, which was Mason's first road victory over a Southeastern Conference foe following nine unsuccessful tries. The Commodores topped Kirby Smart's Bulldogs despite managing just 171 yards while allowing 421.

"We're coming off a good win at Georgia," Mason said Tuesday during his weekly news conference. "This team played hard. They found themselves in the midst of a hard-fought battle 'between the hedges,' and they held on. We showed great composure and some resiliency, and those are things to build off of.