Quarter analysis: Gators overmatched


Vanderbilt Commodores quarterback Patton Robinette (4) celebrates after watching running back Jerron Seymour (3) score a touchdown against the Florida Gators during the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Gainesville, Fla.

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Published: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 4:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 4:22 p.m.

First quarter

Play of the quarter: After Florida missed a field goal (shocking) and Vandy went three-and-out late in the first quarter, the Gators faced a second-and-8 on their own 25. Tyler Murphy sailed a pass over the head of Quinton Dunbar and into the hands of Vandy's Andre Hal at the Florida 30. Hal returned the interception 20 yards to set up the Commodores for their first touchdown of the game.

Stat of the quarter: Vanderbilt came into the game ranked last in the SEC in rushing. So, of course, the Commodores averaged 4.6 yards a rush in the first quarter on 13 attempts. Florida's defensive tackles looked overmatched.

Trending: It's not a good one. Florida just can't seem to get started this season. Vanderbilt led 10-0 after the first quarter, which means the mighty Gators have been outscored 72-29 in the first quarter of games. Try some Red Bull, guys.

Scoring: Vandy's opening drive needed two timeouts and a fourth-down conversion, but the Commodores were able to put points on the board on a 31-yard field goal by Carey Spear. Jerron Seymour broke four tackles on a 10-yard touchdown run with three seconds to go to make it 10-0 Vandy.

Second quarter

Play of the quarter: Sorry, but this wasn't the best play of the quarter, but the one that had the most influence on it. Florida was at the Vandy 1-yard line with a first down and for some reason decided an option to the short side of the field. The play was blown up from the start, Tyler Murphy's bad pitch ended up going out of bounds and Florida lost five yards. The Gators ended up settling for a field goal.

Stat of the quarter: How does a team manage only 14 yards in a quarter and still outscore its opponent? Ask Vanderbilt. Thanks to another short field set up by a Murphy interception, the Commodores scored the quarter's only touchdown on a four-play, 22-yard drive. For the rest of the quarter, Vandy had minus-8 yards.

Trending: Does any team get less out of more long drives than Florida? The Gators had a 17-play drive that included a crucial pass interference penalty, a third-down pass to Dunbar and a 17-yard pass to tight end Tevin Westbrook on third down. But despite first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, it resulted in only three points.

Scoring: The Commodores made it 17-0 when quarterback Patton Robinette faked a belly read and ran right. He scored easily on a 5-yard run. Florida scored its only points of the half on a 23-yard field goal by Brad Phillips.

Third quarter

Play of the quarter: Florida was facing a fourth-and-3 at the Vandy 44 and had to go for it down 24-3. Vandy blitzed, but the Gators picked it up and Murphy found Dunbar all alone in the secondary. Dunbar was caught from behind at the Vanderbilt nine, but Florida scored two plays later to cut the lead to 24-10.

Stat of the quarter: With seven minutes remaining in the quarter, Vanderbilt had 96 yards of total offense and six first downs ... and had 24 points. Three Murphy interceptions handed the Commodores short fields and easy scoring drives.

Trending: This has been a disturbing trend of late. When Florida needs a stop on defense, it hands the momentum back to the other team. This time it came in the form of a third-and-7 pass to Jordan Matthews for 23 yards that sparked a 17-play, 87-yard touchdown drive to put the game away. Even if Matthews hadn't made the nice over-the-shoulder catch, Florida was called for pass interference on the play.

Scoring: After Murphy's third interception of the game, Seymour ran two yards for a score to make it 24-3. Florida finally scored a touchdown when Kelvin Taylor burst in from five yards out.

Fourth quarter

Play of the quarter: It has to be the fluky play that gave Florida a touchdown midway through the quarter, Murphy's fade pass for Ahmad Fulwood was broken up in the southwest corner of the end zone, but the deflection hit the foot of Vandy's Paris Head and fell into the arms of Fulwood. The score made it 31-17.

Stat of the quarter: It was the story of the game. Vanderbilt finished with 187 yards of offense and won by 17 points. Florida had 362 yards of offense, but Murphy needed 46 passes to get to that number.

Trending: It's not that often that you see it during football season, but “Vandy” was trending Saturday during the fourth quarter. The Commodores broke a 22-game losing streak to the Gators and took a big step toward being bowl eligible.

Scoring: Seymour scored his third touchdown of the game on a one-yard run on the first play of the quarter to make it 31-10. Fulwood's touchdown came at the end of a six-play drive with 7:40 to play in the game. Spear added a field goal late after Florida turned the ball over on downs.

Final score: Vanderbilt 34, Florida 17. The Commodores win for the first time in Gainesville since 1945, which was the first meeting between the programs in school history.

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