First half: On the one hand, the Gators were super efficient making 18 first downs. On the other hand, they were super sloppy with two turnovers costing UF points. Lamical Perine had himself a half with 63 rushing yards and 88 receiving.
Second half: After a slow start, the offense was energized by the fake punt and from that point on, the Gators were on their way to a huge day both rushing and passing the ball. Feleipe Franks bounced back to have a career high in passing.
For the game: Florida had 31 first downs and averaged 6.3 yards per play in the game. This was a day the Gators had to have offense and it came by the boatload as they finished with 576 yards and 37 points.
First half: A half like that will do some serious damage to your national stats. Vandy had 198 yards on 25 plays and averaged 7.92 yards per play. Florida was unable to get a turnover, but did hold the Commodores on three of four third-down attempts.
Second half: The Gators did much better, holding Vanderbilt to a pair of field goals (one of them was set up by a turnover) despite losing linebacker Vosean Joseph late in the first half. Vandy only had 138 yards in the second half.
For the game: Florida’s defense had its problems in the first half, but settled down. It didn’t hurt that Ke’Shawn Vaughn was injured in the second quarter after piling up 131 total yards in the first half.
Special teams A-
First half: Freddie Swain had a pair of nice returns, but one was negated by two penalties on the same play. Tommy Townsend’s only punt of the half was a beauty and Evan McPherson made a pair of chip-shot field goals.
Second half: Townsend’s run on a fake punt for a first down was the play of the day. McPherson’s 43-yard field goal put the game away. One negative was Kadarius Toney bringing out the second half kickoff.
For the game: Another strong effort for special teams, which contributed in several ways again Saturday. Vandy only tried to run out three kickoffs because of McPherson’s high kicks and averaged only 17 yards a return.
As coach Dan Mullen said, this team keeps finding different ways to win games. Who would have thought Vandy would score 27 points, win the turnover battle and Florida would leave here with the win? It wasn’t always pretty, but this team is now bowl eligible.