Photo gallery: Scenes from a season opener

Here's a series of full-size images from Saturday's Vanderbilt football opener against South Carolina. The Gamecocks were victorious, 31-6.

Former letter-winners Bill Kelly and John O'Neal enjoy some time together as part of the Gridiron Club tailgate before the game.

The Commodore Club provided this inflatable helmet for the team to run through prior to kickoff. The team was preceded onto the field by Chancellor Gordon Gee and this year's entire freshman class.

A good number of recruits attended the game... this is Paul Selmon, a senior at Montgomery (Ala.) Lee High School.

More recruits.

Sophomore receiver Marlon White (82) catches his breath while the defense is on the field.

At halftime, Mr. Commodore got into the spirit of a beach-themed halftime show put on by the Spirit of Gold Marching Band... did the pep squad.

The final insult: don't look now, but this Vanderbilt pass is about to go the other way...

...98 yards by safety Jamacia Jackson (16) to give South Carolina a 31-6 lead.

It was an entirely frustrating afternoon for Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson.

Victorious USC head coach Lou Holtz consoles Johnson.

Quarterback Jay Cutler answers questions from a television sportscaster in the postgame.

Photos by Brent Wiseman, copyright 2004 for Top Stories