Live updates from the Vanderbilt at No. 10 Florida college football game on Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville:
UF didn’t go anywhere with the first series of the game, turn ball over on downs at its own 44.
Vanderbilt goes three-and-out, failing to take advantage of the excellent field position.
UF takes over at its 11 following punt.
Kyle Trask hits receiver Tyrie Cleveland on a screen for 11 yards, then tight end Kyle Pitts hauls in a 20-yard pass.
Emory Jones gets playing time for several plays.
The Gators are going up-tempo on offense in their second possession, moving right down the field.
Trask is intercepted by Vandy safety Tae Daley, who returns it 16 yards to the Commodores’ 28.
Freshman linebacker Mohamoud Diabate with a 10-yard sack to get a stop for the Gators.
What went right: The big thing was the defense, unlike a week ago, came up with early third-down stops that prevented Vanderbilt from controlling the ball and the clock like Georgia did. As a result, the UF offense was on the field most of the quarter, driving the ball on two of its three possessions and piling up yards, mostly through the air. The biggest play on defense was turned in by true freshman rush end Mohamoud Diabate, who had a 10-yard sack that forced a punt.
What went wrong: For the second week in a row, the Gators went for a fourth-and-one on the game’s opening possession and failed. Just like a week ago, Trask tried to get that one yard with a pass, but his lob to running back Lamical Perine, who appeared open, was broken up. On UF’s second possession, the Gators went right down the field, but the drive was killed when Trask was intercepted by Vanderbilt’s Tae Daley. Trask tried to force the pass into coverage and it was an easy pick for Daley.
Play of the quarter: Running back Dameon Pierce taking a screen pass and turning it into an 18-yard gain thanks to his ability to break three or four tackles along the way.
Trending: The Florida defense.
— Robbie Andreu
Note: UF defensive end Jabari Zuniga sits out the game, still not fully recovered from a high ankle sprain. He played last week. … Freshman Ethan White was announced as starter at right guard replacing Brett Heggie (out for an undisclosed reason). … Kaiir Elam started opposite CJ Henderson at cornerback. Marco Wilson is playing the Star position in place of Trey Dean.
Trask tosses a 1-yard pass to running back Lamical Perine for the touchdown on fourth down on the quarter’s first play to cap a 15-play, 82-yard drive that ate up 5:18.
Safety Donovan Stiner intercepts Vanderbilt QB Deuce Wallace on third-and-long and returns it 29 yards to the Vandy 23.
Trask helps the Gators cash in four plays later with a 9-yard TD run to put UF up 14-0 with 10:59 showing.
UF safety Brad Stewart tried to get up after a tackle and just collapsed, grabbing his knee, being helped to the locker room.
Evan McPherson misses a 41-yard field goal attempt with 6:32 remaining.
The Gators have outgained the Commodores 206-23 with 4:07 left in the half.
Vandy safety Tae Daley intercepts Trask again at the Commodore 4 with 11 seconds left in the half.
The Gators have gone up and down the field the whole game, but have only 14 points to show for it after that Trask pick down by the goal-line with just 11 seconds left in the half. Florida has outgained Vanderbilt 277-18.
Trask is 20 of 29 for 214 yards and a TD passing and one running, but has thrown two interceptions in Vandy territory.
What went right: The long drive the offense started in the closing minutes of the first quarter resulted in a touchdown on the first play of the quarter. It came on a nifty toss from Trask to Perine on a fourth-and-goal play from the one. Moments later, the defense came up big, with safety Donovan Stiner intercepting a Deuce Wallace pass and returning it 29 yards to the Vandy 23. Three plays later, Trask was flushed out of the pocket on a third-and-six play and ran untouched for a nine-yard TD run to give the Gators a 14-0 lead. The other big play turned in by the defense was another sack by Diabate.
What went wrong: Despite flying up and down the field throughout the quarter, the Gators could not put the Commodores away. Evan McPherson missed a 41-yard field goal attempt with 6:32 to play, and when it looked like the Gators were going to come up with a score in the final seconds of the quarter, Trask’s back-shoulder throw to Van Jefferson was tipped and intercepted by Daley at the goal-line with just 11 seconds to go.
Play of the quarter: Stiner’s interception and return that set up UF’s second TD.
Trending: The Florida defense, which stifled the Commodores throughout the first half.
— Robbie Andreu
Vanderbilt 0 0
Florida 0 14
On their first series of the quarter, Trask completed a 66-yard touchdown pass play to Trevon Grimes for a 21-0 UF lead. It was a short pass, but Grimes broke tackles and turned on the jets. Four yards on the pass, 62 yards on the run.
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Following a 36-yard completion to Cleveland, Trask hits Pitts for a 15-yard TD to put the Gators up 28-0 with 10:52 left in the quarter.
Gators have scored two quick touchdowns to start the second half. So they have more points in the last 4:08 (14) than Vandy has yards (12).
Vanderbilt with its best drive of the game, had the ball deep in UF territory. But that was before Diabate rushed in to strip sacked Wallace and Jon Greenard scooped up the ball on a bounce and ran it back 80 yards for the score to put UF up 35-0 with 5:22 remaining in the quarter.
What went right: Basically, everything. The Gators blew the game wide open with a 28-0 quarter. It started on UF’s first offensive play, with Grimes taking a pass in the short flat and racing 66 yards for a touchdown. On UF’s next possession, the Gators scored on two plays: a 36-yard strike from Trask to Tyrie Cleveland, followed by a 15-yard TD toss to tight end Kyle Pitts. Later in the quarter, just when it seemed the Commodores would find the end zone, Diabate sacked Wallace, who fumbled, and the ball bounced to Jon Greenard, who raced 80 yards for a touchdown. The Gators finished off the quarter with a 13-yard TD run by quarterback Emory Jones.
What went wrong: Basically, nothing.
Play of the quarter: The sack/fumble by Diabate that bounced up to Greenard, who had nothing but grass in front of him for his 80-yard TD return.
Trending: Diabate and the defense.
— Robbie Andreu
Vanderbilt 0 0 0
Florida 0 14 28
Stiner for his second interception today, this off Vandy’s fourth QB Allan Walters. Florida begins on the Vandy 25.
Jones scores on a 1-yard run and reserve Chris Howard kicks the point to put the Gators up 49-0 with 10:10 still remaining in the game.
Jones scores on a 2-yard run to cap a seven-play, 66-yard drive to put UF up 56-0 with 1:06 remaining. The score was set up by Jones with a beautiful throw to Jacob Copeland for a 37-yard gain.
Florida bounces back from last week’s loss in a big way to improve to 8-2 overall, 5-2 in the SEC, while Vanderbilt drops to 2-7, 1-5. The Gators close SEC play next Saturday with a noon ET game at Missouri. CBS will have television coverage.
What went right: Stiner came up with his second interception of the game, which led to Jones’ second TD run of the second half, this one from one yard out that pumped up the lead to 49-0. The Gators were able to seal the shutout when Vandy place-kicker Ryley Guay was wide left on a 50-yard field goal attempt with 3:54 to play. With the big lead, the Gators were able to play all the backups, including multiple true freshmen, in the quarter. In the final minutes, Jones had one of the prettiest passes of the game, a 37-yard dime to Jacob Copeland that set up Jones’ third TD run of the half.
What went wrong: The Gators gave up a few plays in the passing game, but that’s expected under the circumstances — with the big lead and a lot of reserves in the game.
Play of the quarter: Stiner’s second interception which led to Jones’ second TD.
— Robbie Andreu
No. 10 Florida 56, Vanderbilt 0
FLA_Perine 1 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 14:54
FLA_Trask 9 run (McPherson kick), 10:59
FLA_Grimes 66 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 13:16
FLA_Pitts 15 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 10:52
FLA_Greenard 80 fumble return (McPherson kick), 5:22
FLA_Jones 13 run (McPherson kick), 2:08
FLA_Jones 1 run (Howard kick), 10:10
FLA_Jones 3 run (Howard kick), 1:06
|Time of Possession||33:22||26:38|
RUSHING_Vanderbilt, Brooks 11-34, Vaughn 15-28, Marlow 4-12, Lipscomb 1-10, (Team) 1-(minus 3), Wallace 8-(minus 30). Florida, Toney 2-39, Jones 5-34, Trask 7-25, Swain 2-18, Perine 4-13, M.Davis 3-7, Wright 3-6, Clement 1-5, D.Pierce 2-3.
PASSING_Vanderbilt, Wallace 7-18-1-60, Walters 1-3-1-17. Florida, Trask 25-37-2-363, Jones 2-3-0-47.
RECEIVING_Vanderbilt, Bostic 2-32, Johnson 2-16, Vaughn 1-14, C.Pierce 1-12, Lipscomb 1-4, Brooks 1-(minus 1). Florida, Grimes 4-95, Perine 4-28, Pitts 3-59, Cleveland 3-51, Jefferson 3-36, Copeland 2-43, Hammond 2-33, D.Pierce 2-27, Krull 2-18, M.Davis 1-10, Toney 1-10.
MISSED FIELD GOALS_Vanderbilt, Guay 50. Florida, McPherson 41.