A missed call by officials at a crucial moment, a turnover ending a scoring opportunity and a field-goal attempt that fell well short. Pick an issue.
Vanderbilt found plenty of reasons it failed yet again to pull off a big upset. The Commodores allowed No. 9 South Carolina to rally for a 17-13 victory Thursday night in the season opener for the Southeastern Conference rivals.
''We're trying to create a culture of winning,'' Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said. ''When you do that, guys find a way to get the job done. Tonight, we had a top-10 opponent down to the last second and had a chance to win.''
Vanderbilt didn't have the sellout crowd Franklin wanted to build off the momentum of the program's fifth bowl berth to wrap up his first season. But most of the 38,393 who did turn out were wearing black as part of a ''blackout.'' The Commodores came up with three sacks and forced two turnovers, and they outgained South Carolina 276-272 in total offense.
The Commodores scored 13 st...