- For the second straight game, the Gators offense struggled to move the ball effectively, failing to sustain a drive and to keep the defense off the field. Here is a look at some of the numbers that clearly illustrate the struggles:
- Despite beating Vanderbilt, the Commodores out gained Florida 265 yards to 236 yards.
- Florida averaged 3.7 yards per play.
- The Gators punted four straight times before putting together a drive that led to their only touchdown of the game.
- Florida's first, first down came with 7 minutes to go in the first quarter. UF only had 15 first downs compared to Vandy's 21. A big part of the team's struggles in attaining the first down was the fact the team faced several 3rd and long situations on Saturday. The Gators faced something greater than third and seven six times in the game. In the end, Florida was 6 of 15 on third down conversions.
- Austin Appleby had 144 yards passing, going 19-for-28. However, the passing game was from explosive. Appleby only completed two passes of 20-yards or more: 20-yard completion to Antonio Callaway in the second quarter and a 33-yard pass to C'yontai Lewis in the fourth quarter.
- All other big plays were on the ground, however, only two were 20-yards or more-five rushes were of a gain of ten or more yards.
- The ground game was also uninspired. The Gators amassed 92 yards on 35 carries which averages to 2.6 yards per carry. Florida running back Jordan Scarlett led the way with 55 yards on 12 carries. He averaged just under five yards per carry. Scarlett did not factor at all in the third quarter, and the Gators only registered 27-yards of offense. Four running backs were featured in the game, however, Scarlett was the only back to show any real success against Vandy.
- The offensive line had a big part of why the offense struggled. On Saturday, Appleby was sacked twice, but he had several instances where he had to rush through his progressions.
The Defense Holds But Not Impressive
The defense had some individuals that stood out, including Alex Anzalone who had six tackles, a pass break up and three quarterback hurries. However, Geoff Collins' men struggled to stop the run. The Commodores' leading rusher, Ralph Webb, led all rushers with 100 yards on 24 carries, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Vandy ended the game with 147 yards rushing, averaging four yards per carry.
Apart from Johnny Townsend and Eddy Pineiro, there was nothing special about the Gators' special teams unit. On kickoffs the Gators had a long of 29 yard return, while on punt returns Florida registered a net of -4 yards.