Dooley At The Half: Plenty of stats, but just two UF scores

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Florida freshman linebacker Mohamoud Diabate (11) sacks Vanderbilt quarterback Deuce Wallace (2) during Saturday's game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley looks at the first half of the Florida-Vanderbilt game.

  • Florida had a dominant first quarter and still the score was 0-0. The Gators had 152 yards in the quarter and only had eight plays. But Florida (again) failed on a fourth-down pass, Kyle Trask threw a bad interception and the Gators were facing another fourth down as the quarter ended.
  • But on the first play of the quarter, Trask hooked up with Lamical Perine on a funky play. Trask was stepped on by a lineman, waited on the option pitch and finally threw it with two hands to Perine, who waltzed in for the score. Trask also ran for another score on a scramble play.
  • The biggest gain Vandy had in the first half was a 15-yard facemask penalty by Jon Greenard. The Commodores could do little with the Florida defense that looked so soft last week. Florida limiting Vandy to six yards passing and 18 overall. 
  • The biggest reason Vanderbilt stayed in the game was because of two Trask picks, one at the goal line. Although it appeared Van Jefferson was mugged on the play, it was tipped up into the air and killed a Gator drive. Both coaches would probably tell you the biggest issues were the officials, as both coaches were upset. Dan Mullen still doesn’t know what a catch is. Neither do the officials in this league.