Jacksonville Sports Day

Gators: Business as Usual Against Commodores in SEC Win

(Photo by Tim Casey/UF)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –– It was business as usual Saturday afternoon against Vanderbilt.

The No. 6 Florida Gators (6-1, 6-1 SEC), with an eye on a spot in the coveted College Football Playoffs, disposed of the Commodores 38-17. It was Florida’s 24th consecutive victory over Vanderbilt improves their all-time record in the series to 42-10-2.

The Gators scored 24 unanswered points andtrailed 10-7 early. QB Kyle Trask threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns

Vandy entered the fourth quarter down 31-17 and had serious momentum when De’Rickey Wright recovered a Florida fumble with 14:25 to play.

But a drive to the Florida 26 stalled and the Dores were forced to punt 4 1/2 minutes later.

On the ensuing possession, Emory Jones found tight end Kenmore Gamble on a 30-yard touchdown pass with 6:46 remaining to put the game to rest.

Vanderbilt came out firing in the opening minutes and went up 7-0 at the 10:50 mark. QB Ken Seals (5-for-5 on the opening possession) hit Chris Pierce on 16-yard, third-down pass to give the Dores an early lead.

Florida answered immediately with a 76-yard drive that lasted just less than three minutes. Trask found Kadarius Toney on a 27-yard, third-down pass to tie the score at 7-all.

Vandy retook the lead thanks to a Pierson Cooke 25-yard field goal that made it 10-7 with 2:45 left in the opening frame and that’s how the scoreboard would read going into the second.

The Gators tied it up with Evan McPherson’s 33-yard field goal at the 4:13 mark.

Florida then took the lead just before the break when Trask threw a jump ball for Trevon Grimes from 34-yards out making it 17-10. Vandy would settle for that deficit going into the break.

The Gators opened the second half with a long scoring drive on their opening offensive series. Dameon Pierce finished off a 75-yard drive that took up 5:13 with a 1-yard plunge that put Florida ahead 24-10.

Trask found Gamble six minutes later on a 2-yard touchdown pass to give the Gators a 31-10 lead with 2:55 to go in the third quarter.

Vandy (0-7, 0-7 SEC) needed just three plays to answer as Seals found Pierce on a 58-yard scoring strike. Pierce caught a long slant and broke multiple tackles on his way to the end drawing the Commodores within 31-17 going into the fourth quarter.

Seals finished 22 of 34 for 319 yards and two touchdowns.

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