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    Florida Defeats Vanderbilt 31-17


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    By: Scott Crumbly
    Twitter: @ScottCrumbly
    SEC Digital Network

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Florida was hoping to avoid a letdown against Vanderbilt after last week’s win over LSU, and thanks to another strong second half the Gators were able to notch their sixth win of the year by a final score of 31-17.

    The Gators (6-0, 5-0 SEC), who have developed a reputation as a second half team in their second season under Will Muschamp, led by four entering the half and scored 20 points in the final two quarters of the win. Vanderbilt (2-4, 2-3) mounted an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive to trim the lead to seven with 8:57 remaining, but Florida responded as it has all season.

    Andre DeBose took the ensuing kickoff 60 yards to set up a Caleb Sturgis field goal. Then, after Vanderbilt tacked on a field goal of its own, quarterback Jeff Driskel put the game out of reach with a 70-yard scoring run with just over two minutes to play. Driskel gashed the Commodores repeatedly on zone read fakes and finished the game with 177 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

    Zac Stacy ran for 86 yards and a touchdown for Vandy and Wesley Tate chipped in 66 yards of his own, and Jordan Matthews hauled in eight receptions from quarterback Jordan Rodgers for 131 yards.

    Statistical Leaders


    Passing – Jordan Rodgers, 17-for-31, 237 yards, TD
    Rushing – Zac Stacy, 24 car, 86 yards, TD
    Receiving – Jordan Matthews, 8 rec, 131 yards, TD


    Passing – Jeff Driskel, 11-for-20, 77 yards
    Rushing – Jeff Driskel, 11 car, 177 yards, 3 TD
    Receiving – Jordan Matthews, 8 rec, 131 yards, TD

    Quick Notes
    •    Florida has now beaten Vanderbilt 22 straight times dating back to 1988.
    •    The Gators have outscored their opponents 98-23 in the second half this season.
    •    The Florida defense had forced at least one interception in every game this season coming in, but did not record an interception against Vandy.
    •    Vanderbilt won five of the first seven games in the series with Florida but has won only two times in the last 33 meetings.