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Florida 34, Vanderbilt 10: Gators Hold Off Commodores

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It wasn't pretty, but Florida is mathematically still in the divisional race.

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In an uneven and at times sloppy game, Florida outlasted Vanderbilt 35-10 to stay alive in the SEC East race.

Vanderbilt actually got the opening score of the game in the first quarter in a drive where Johnny McCrary found Steven Scheu on a 33-yard touchdown pass. Florida regrouped and drove down to the Vandy one-yard-line, but the Commodores forced a turnover on downs. The Gators recovered a Ralph Webb fumble on the ensuing drive to tie the game, and Jeff Driskel barely broke the plane as a short yardage back on 4th-and-1 after another Webb fumble later on in the half.

Florida largely controlled the game after halftime. Defense ruled the third quarter for both teams, but the Gators won the fourth quarter 17-3. The UF field goal was a byproduct of a Vernon Hargreaves III interception deep in Vandy territory, and it was the last score of the game.

A week after bulldozing Georgia on the ground, Florida found more success in the air. Treon Harris was 13/20 for 215 yards (11.3 YPA) with no touchdowns or interceptions, and he had 55 yards on the ground on eight carries and two touchdowns (removing sacks from the rushing).  Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor combined for 145 yards on 33 carries (4.39 YPC) a week after they both went over 190 yards. McCrary was 14/36 for 160 yards (4.4 YPA) with a touchdown and three interceptions. Webb broke the Vanderbilt freshman rushing record early on in a game where he had 70 yards on 15 carries (4.7 YPC).

For Vanderbilt, it was a disappointing game because it was its seventh loss of the season. It ensured that the school's three-year bowl streak is officially coming to an end, though we all knew that was going to be the case for a while. For Florida, the game showed that the team that blew out Georgia is not going to show up every week. Still though, it did more than enough to deserve the victory, and the Gators' SEC East hopes, however tenuous, live to see another week.