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#23 Florida struggles offensively but holds on for victory at Vanderbilt

FINAL: FLORIDA 13, VANDERBILT 6

NASHVILLE, TN-  The Florida Gators followed up their second half collapse in Knoxville with a similar offensive effort.  However, this time Florida’s defense came to the rescue.  The Gators’ defense only allowed 265 yards of total offense to Vanderbilt, with only 118 of those coming from the Commodores’ passing game.  Florida’s offense was held to only 236 yards with 144 coming in the air.  Austin Appleby started his second consecutive game, replacing Luke Del Rio who was injured against North Texas.  Appleby finished the day going 19-28 but only averaged 5.1 yards per attempt.
Jordan Scarlett led the Gators in rushing with 12 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown.  No other Florida running back carried more than six times.  For Vanderbilt, Gainesville High graduate Ralph Webb rushed for 110 yards.  Webb entered the game leading the SEC in rushing yards.

Florida sits one game behind Tennessee in the SEC East standings after the Volunteers beat Georgia with a hail mary completion as time expired.

SEC EAST STANDINGS:

  1. TENNESSEE     5-0     2-0
  2. FLORIDA           4-1     2-1
  3. GEORGIA          3-2     1-2
  4. KENTUCKY       2-3     1-2
  5. CAROLINA        2-3     1-3
  6. MISSOURI         2-3     0-2
  7. VANDERBILT   2-3     0-2

Game Summary:

1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
FLORIDA 0 10 0 3 X 13
VANDY 0 3 3 0 X 6

 

The Gators got on the board in the second quarter as Jordan Scarlett plunged into the endzone from four yards out.  Vanderbilt added three points on a 38 yard field goal by Tommy Openshaw before Eddy Pineiro extended Florida’s lead with a 42 yard field goal as the half expired.

While Florida’s offense was unable to add another touchdown, Vanderbilt was able to tack on a 27 yard kick by Openshaw to bring Vanderbilt to within one score.

The defensive struggle continued in the fourth quarter as Florida was only able to add a Pineiro 26 yard field goal.

SCORING:

  • 2nd Quarter (7-0 UF) Scarlett 4 yard run TD, PAT Good
  • 2nd Quarter (7-3 UF) Openshaw 38 yard FG Good
  • 2nd Quarter (10-3 UF) Pineiro 42 yard FG Good
  • 3rd Quarter (10-6 UF) Openshaw 27 yard FG Good
  • 4th Quarter (13-6 UF) Pineiro 26 yard FG Good

PASSING LEADERS:

FLORIDA VANDERBILT
Appleby    19/28 144 yards Shurmur    9/25 82 yards, INT

 RUSHING LEADERS:

FLORIDA VANDERBILT
Scarlett   12 carries, 55 yards, TD Webb         24 carries, 110 yards
Perine      6 carries, 28 yards Blasingame  5 carries, 41 yards

 RECEIVING LEADERS:

FLORIDA VANDERBILT
Lewis     2 receptions, 39 yards Lipscomb     3 receptions, 43 yards
Goolsby 8 receptions, 37 yards Duncan        3 receptions, 31 yards
Callaway 3 receptions, 36 yards Webb           2 receptions, 17 yards

 TEAM STATS:

  FLORIDA VANDERBILT
FIRST DOWNS 15 21
TOTAL PLAYS 63 69
TOTAL YARDS 236 265
PASS YARDS 144 118
RUSHING YARDS 92 147
TURNOVERS 1 3
PENALTIES 4-45 6-47
TIME OF POSSESSION 27:05 32:55


WHAT’S NEXT:

LSU TIGERS AT FLORIDA GATORS

OCTOBER 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM

BEN HILL GRIFFIN STADIUM

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