Rapid Reaction: After slow start, Florida pulls away from Vanderbilt in 38-17 win
It was an uncharacteristically slow start for Florida on Saturday.
Vanderbilt struck first and had a slim lead after the first quarter, but it didn’t last long. Kyle Trask and the Gators snatched it back before halftime on their way to an eventual 38-17 victory.
But it didn’t come without a fight.
Vanderbilt (0-7) did everything it could to stay in the game, including recovering a Kadarius Toney fumble in the fourth quarter. The recovery came after 58-yard touchdown pass from Ken Seals to Chris Pierce Jr. late in the third made it a two-possession game.
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The Gators (6-1) defense came through to force a punt, then Florida took over at its own 1 to turn in a 99-yard touchdown drive and secure the victory. The drive started and ended with a big catch from Kenmore Gamble. He had a 34-yard catch on the opening play of the drive before later finding the end zone on a 30-yard grab.
It was the second drive of over 90 yards in the half for Florida.
The offense came alive in the second quarter after punting on two of their first three drives. They first scored a field goal, then on a touchdown pass from Trask to Trevon Grimes to take a 17-10 lead into the half.
They didn’t miss a beat in the third quarter. The first two Florida drives were 75 yards and 91 yards, respectively, and both resulted in touchdowns. Once again, it appeared the Gators were on their way to another blowout.
It didn’t quite end that way, but Florida overcame a couple of mistakes late and the game was never truly in doubt.
Trask finished with a stat line that will only help his Heisman chances, throwing for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win. On the other side, Ken Seals put together a respectable performance of 319 yards and 2 TDs.
Florida will look to keep rolling next week against Kentucky. The Commodores will still be searching for their first win of the season when they play Tennessee.