The No. 23 Florida Gators won an ugly one on Saturday as they beat the Vanderbilt Commodores 13-6. Here are the post game grades for the team on offense, defense, and special teams.
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The Gator offense picked up right where they left off last week against Tennessee in the three-and-out department. They started this game with FOUR straight punts before finally scoring on a 4-yard TD run by running back Jordan Scarlett. Quarterback Austin Appleby was just okay in this one, finishing 19-of-28 for 144 yards and no interceptions. He also didn’t have any touchdown passes, but would have if he saw wide receiver Antonio Callaway wide open over the middle late in the fourth quarter.
Maybe the only bright spot on offense was Jordan Scarlett who finished with 12 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown. Scarlett should’ve received more touches, but for some odd reason after his touchdown in the second quarter, he didn’t touch the ball again until about 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The Gators only managed 236 total yards of offense against a team that’s ranked dead last in the SEC in pass defense.
Oct 1, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Nick Washington (8) intercepts a pass intended for Vanderbilt Commodores tight end Jared Pinkney (80) in the fourth quarter at Vanderbilt Stadium. Florida won 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The Florida defense was back to form today as they only gave up six points and allowed 265 yards to the Commodores. Most of their yards came on the ground as Gainesville native, running back Ralph Webb, ran for 110 yards on 24 carries. In the passing game, the Gator D only gave up 118 passing yards and recorded two takeaways. The first one came in the first quarter on an interception by Teez Tabor, who now leads the SEC in INT’s with three.
Nick Washington was the recipient of the other Vanderbilt turnover as he recorded his first career interception late in the game which sealed the win for the Gators.
On the play, linebacker Jarrad Davis batted the ball in the air and it landed in Washington’s hands. Davis finished the game with a career-high 15 tackles and he was one of the players I said to watch for before the game.
Overall, a strong rebound performance from the defense after blowing a 21-point lead against Tennessee last weekend.
Sep 3, 2016; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators place kicker Eddy Pineiro (15) celebrates with Florida Gators punter Johnny Townsend (19) after making a 49 yard field goal during the second half of a football game against the at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Gators won 24-7. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Florida punter Johnny Townsend got a work out on Saturday after having to punt seven times totaling 363 yards including a career-long 62-yarder. He had five punts land inside the 20 which helped pin the Commodores deep in their own territory for most of their drives.
Their average starting field position was their own 16-yard line.