What happened and what mattered in the Florida 37-27 win over Vanderbilt?
Florida 37, Vanderbilt 27
You won on the road in the SEC by ten points, Florida. This year, with this team, don’t start worrying about how the sausage is made. The three turnovers and seven penalties were a problem, and it took a whole lot of work late to get the job done, but coming off the LSU win, and looking ahead to two weeks off before Georgia … survive and advance.
The Gator defense tightened up when it needed to in the second half, and once the offense settled down a bit, the team was able to methodically get through the 18-point deficit to get the win. Forget about the in-game screamy thing happening between Dan Mullen and Derek Mason – it all turned out okay – this was about Florida being able to overcome adversity and come up with the win.
Keeping control of the clock made up for a whole slew of issues. Florida might not have been great, but it had the ball for over 36 minutes, converted on third downs, and even with the tempo, it pounded and pounded away to take control.
Vanderbilt averaged close to five yards per carry, but it didn’t commit to the ground game. It only ran 22 times for 107 yards, and Kyle Shurmur completed 18-of-36 passes for 229 yards and two scores with a pick
The Gators and two 100-yard rushers. Lamical Perine ran 23 times for 121 yards and a score, and Jordan Scarlett ran for 113 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Feleipe Franks completed 19-of-29 passes for 284 yards and two scores with a pick. The O line didn’t have its best game until it had to take over in the second half.
And now it’s time to think really, really big. Beat Georgia in two weeks, and then it’s Missouri and South Carolina in The Swamp – and hoping for a Kentucky loss along the way – for the SEC East title.