Out-manned in Gainesville

Chris Lee, Publisher
Vandy Sports

Florida rolled up 468 yards of total offense in a 38-24 defeat of Vanderbilt at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday afternoon.

UF racked up five rushing touchdowns, three coming from Lamichal Perine and two from Malik Davis.

Vandy’s Kyle Shurmur was 18-for-40 for 264 yards and three touchdowns.

With the game tied at 17, Florida’s Davis scored on a 1-yard run midway through the second quarter to put the Gators back up by seven after Eddy Pinero’s point-after.

Leading by seven in the final moments and facing a fourth-and-1 at the VU 39, Davis took a handoff and bolted into the clear along the right side to account for the final margin.

Florida’s Perine scored on a 1-yard run with 6:12 left in the first quarter after the Commodores had gone three-and-out on their first two possessions.

But the ‘Dores shook off the funk, as Shurmur led the team on a 75-yard scoring drive next. That drive culminated when he threw a dart to a leaping Kalija Lipscomb for a 13-yard score, Tommy Openshaw’s point-after evening the score at seven.

The Gators re-took a seven-point lead with Perine’s 13-yard run with 10:03 left before half.

But again, Vandy punched back the drive after when Shurmur scrambled to his right and hit Caleb Scott with a touchdown on a 12-yard throw.

Vandy drove again on the next drive, and though a holding penalty set the Commodores back, VU’s Tommy Openshaw pushed a 42-yard field goal through for a 17-14 advantage with 43 seconds left in the half.

But Florida’s Eddy Pinero tied the game with a short field goal of his own on the half’s last play.

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