Dooley at The Half: Florida trailing Vanderbilt

Florida running back Lamical Perine (22) gets past Vanderbilt linebacker Jordan Griffin (40) in the first half Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley takes a look at the first half of the Florida-Vanderbilt game:

  1. It was a pretty pathetic performance on both sides of the ball. The biggest issue were the two turnovers by Feleipe Franks. Florida had five possessions in the first half and four of them made it inside the Vandy 25, but a Franks interception off a tipped ball cost the Gators one scoring opportunity and his fumble not only cost Florida a chance to score but set up Vandy after the ball was dribbled up the sideline. Florida scored 13 points despite 18 first downs in the half
  2. Give the Commodores credit for some nice play calls, especially the screen pass when Florida was blitzing. Vandy obviously has something special in junior Ke’shawn Vaughn, who took that screen for a 75-yard touchdown and also had a 43-yard run to set up the first Vanderbilt score.  
  3. The punt return late in the half that should have set the Gators up in great shape instead turned into a disaster as Florida lost two linebackers on the play. First, there was a block in the back that was just a textbook mistake by C.J. McWilliams. Then there was targeting on James Houston and he was ejected. Then things got chippy and the officials decided to call unsportsmanlike conduct on both teams. Since Vosean Joseph already had one and was included in this one, he was also ejected. That seems like a bad rule. Lamical Perine’s 63-yard catch and run on swing pass allowed the Gators to cut the lead to one score at the half.