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.