Florida Doubles Up Vanderbilt, 34-17

The University of Florida football team defeated Southeastern Conference rival Vanderbilt today in Nashville, Tenn., 34-17. The win bumps UF's record to 5-4 and 3-4 in SEC play.

The Gators trailed the first half of the contest. Vanderbilt scored the game's first points with a 33-yard field goal from UV's kicker Patrick Johnson. The Commodores then went on to score a touchdown on as they recovered a Florida fumble in the end zone. The Gators responded on the next drive as junior running back Ciatrick Fason rushed four yards into the Vanderbilt endzone. Collecting over 170 rushing on the day, Fason became the seventh different Gator to rush for more than 1,000 or more in a single season, moving his total to 1,050 rushing yards on the year.

After the Fason score, both teams notched another touchdown to end the half with the Gators trailing 14-17. The Gators came back onto the field ready to play after the half. Just over three minutes into the second half, sophomore quarterback Chris Leak threw a pass to freshman tight end Tate Casey for UF's third touchdown of the game and Florida's first lead in the match-up. The Gator team then went on to hold to Commodores without any second half points, while adding 13 points to the UF board.

Leak passed for 307 yards, the third time this season he broke 300. Leak also threw two touchdowns against the Commodores and took the ball two-yards into to the endzone for his second rushing touchdown of the season. UF's sophomore defensive back Demetrice Webb collected a team-high total of 13 tackles, all solo, to lead the Gator defense. Florida played the game against Vanderbilt missing four of their top line backers (Channing Crowder, Earl Everett, Travis Harris and Todd McCullough), but were still able to hold the Commodore offense to 372 yards while UF took an astonishing 500 offensive yards in the game.

Next week, the Gators return to action as the team hosts the South Carolina Gamecocks on Florida Field for Homecoming and UF's last home game of the 2004 season. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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