UF QB keeper play busted Vandy


Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel scores a touchdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first half at Dudley Field on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 in Nashville, Tenn. (Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 9:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 9:49 p.m.

Best addition

This was the first time Florida has been at Vanderbilt since two major additions spruced up the stadium. The north end zone had earth moved to form a hill for boosters and a long canopy where food and drinks are served. And above that is a huge electronic scoreboard which replaces the one that was about the size of your guest bedroom TV.

Worst reactions to the ball

Florida's secondary was shaky in the first half, especially when the ball was in the air. First, Loucheiz Purifoy didn't get turned around on a 37-yard pass from Jordan Rodgers to Chris Boyd. Three plays later, Matt Elam mistimed his jump on a pass to Jordan Matthews in the back of the end zone that went for a touchdown. And in the second half, Josh Evans had a play on the reverse pass but misplayed it badly and yanked down the receiver for a pass interference penalty.

Best slump-breaker

It seems Florida's offense has a tough time getting started and when it does, the old belly read quarterback keeper around the end seems to work. Florida had two first downs in its first three drives and was facing a second-and-10 on its fourth drive when Jeff Driskel kept the ball around right end for a 13-yard gain. He later scored Florida's first-half touchdown on the same play to the left side.

Worst personnel move

Florida had a chance to get a touchdown late in the first half with the ball inside the Vanderbilt 1-yard line. But after taking a timeout, the Gators came on the field with a new version of the jumbo package. They had 13 men lined up for the play. The 5-yard penalty killed the drive, and Florida had to settle for a field goal.

Play of the game

It had to be the run by Driskel that clinched the game for the Gators. There were a lot of big plays in this game, but Vanderbilt's strategy down seven was to kick it off and use its three timeouts to get the ball back with a chance to tie the game. Instead, Driskel used that belly read play again, went around the corner and was off to the races on a 70-yard touchdown run to put the Gators up 31-17. The run also allowed Driskel to break the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback.

Stat of the game

Which leads us to this. Driskel had 177 yards on 11 carries and his legs were the Gator offense on a night when the passing game struggled. Tim Tebow had rushed for 166 yards on 27 carries against Ole Miss during his Heisman Trophy season. Of course, teams keyed on Tebow a lot more than they have on Driskel. That may change.

What's up with that?

You see all kind of ways that a school tries to get its fans fired up in the stadium. Vandy has something a little different. They use players on the video screen to start cheers like “Black-Gold” and “Anchor Down.” Not saying there is anything wrong with it, just saying it's different. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews, by the way, is in most of the cheers.

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