Despite Mullen's pregame warning, Gators give up 75-yard opening-drive TD vs. Vanderbilt
Florida coach Dan Mullen emphasized throughout the week the Gators couldn’t take winless Vanderbilt lightly.
The secondary was well-aware the Commodores were not the SEC’s worst passing offense either, and with a middle-of-the-pack passing defense through six games this season, Florida wasn’t necessarily in position to rest on its laurels based simply on an opponent’s record.
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But that message didn’t help UF’s pass defense on Vanderbilt’s game-opening drive.
The Commodores proceeded to drive 75 yards in 11 plays, with 61 yards coming through the air. Vanderbilt quarterback Ken Seals didn’t misfire a pass, completing all five throws to give the home team the early lead.
It’s far from the first time this season Florida’s given up early points – considering the opposition, however, UF was looking for a much different start.