Rapid Reaction: Florida finally wakes up, routs Vanderbilt, thanks to explosive third quarter
It took the Florida Gators over a half to wake up, but they finally did. Florida ended up routing Vanderbilt 42-0, thanks to a huge second half.
The Gators offense and defense looked very sluggish in the first half, despite the 21-0 lead, and it was more of the same after a weak performance last week against Kentucky. However, the team woke up in the third quarter and scored 3 touchdowns. It must have been Dan Mullen’s angry halftime interview.
Quarterback Emory Jones finished 14-of-22 for 273 yards and a career-high 4 passing touchdowns. It was statistically likely his best game, but there’s so much more to improve upon. Mullen would be the first to tell anyone that.
Running back Dameon Pierce also added 2 rushing touchdowns. Receivers Jacob Copeland, Dameon Pierce, Trent Whittemore and Ja’Quavion Fraziars caught touchdown passes from Jones.
Florida’s offense rolled up over 450 yards, with over 150 of them coming on the ground.
On defense, Trey Dean and Daquan Newkirk added interceptions for the Gators.
Florida still had a rough day penalty-wise. It was really bad against Kentucky (15 penalties for 115 yards) last week, and it wasn’t too much better against Vanderbilt (8 penalties for 80 yards).
Vanderbilt had 3 field goal opportunities; however, it missed all 3.
Florida improves to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the SEC, while Vanderbilt falls to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play.