GAME RECAP: Gators Dominate Vandy

In front of a Homecoming crowd of 90,222, the Florida Gators returned to The Swamp for the first time in 35 days and overwhelmed visiting Vanderbilt.

The Gator offense, led by Percy Harvin was back in synch, but it was the defense that stole the show for Florida. Here's a recap of how they scored...

1st Quarter

Florida 7, Vanderbilt 0

Drive: 8 plays, 82 yards, 3:22
Scoring Play: Tim Tebow 1-yard touchdown run
Clock: 8:22
PAT: Joey Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Florida 18-yard line after the Gators forced Vandy to punt on their opening drive
Drive Summary: Florida went to the air on four of their first five plays with Tebow connecting on all four attempts. The biggest was a 40-yard bomb to Louis Murphy down the right sideline, setting up the Gators with a 1st-and-goal from the 3-yard line. Tebow finished the drive with his 13th rushing touchdown of the season with an off tackle run to the right from 1-yard out. The touchdown tied Tebow for the all-time single season rushing touchdown mark for a quarterback in the SEC.

Florida 14, Vanderbilt 0

Drive: 2 plays, 39 yards, :44
Scoring Play: Percy Harvin 18-yard touchdown run
Clock: 5:21
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Vandy 39-yard line after Brandon James' 53-yard punt return. It was James' sixth punt return for more than 50 yards this season (leads the nation).
Drive Summary: Facing a short field, the Gators took just two plays to punch it in. Both plays featured Harvin with a 21–yard pass play setting up his touchdown run.

2nd Quarter

Florida 14, Vanderbilt 7

Drive: 10 plays, 79 yards, 3:56
Scoring Play: Mackenzi Adams 1-yard touchdown run
Clock: 11:00
PAT: Bryant Hahnfeldt kick
Drive Started: At the Vandy 21 after Ijjas missed a 37-yard field goal
Drive Summary: Vanderbilt kept their first scoring drive alive by converting a 3rd-and-11 from their own 20-yard line. Earl Bennett picked up his first reception of the game, but the big play came on a 35-yard pass to tight end Jake Bradford, setting up the Commodores on the 2-yard line. Adams capped the drive with his touchdown run.

Florida 21, Vanderbilt 7

Drive: 5 plays, 76 yards, 1:25
Scoring Play: Tebow 11-yard touchdown pass to Jarred Fayson
Clock: 9:34
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Gator 24 yard line
Drive Summary: The Gators quickly answered Vanderbilt's first touchdown with a score of their own. Harvin carried twice for 22 yards, but it was Kestahn Moore's 32-yard run that picked up most of the yardage.

Florida 28, Vanderbilt 7

Drive: 2 plays, 16 yards, :13
Scoring Play: Tebow to Andre Caldwell from four yards out
Clock: 6:28
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: Jermaine Cunningham's interception and 18-yard return set up the Gators on the Vanderbilt 16.
Drive Summary: For the second time, Florida took just two plays to find the end zone. First, Tebow found Harvin for a 12-yard pick up before hitting Caldwell for the touchdown. Tebow improved to 12-of-13 on the day passing.

Florida 35, Vanderbilt 7

Drive: 12 plays, 84 yards, 2:46
Scoring Play: Tebow to Caldwell from 14 yards out
Clock: :37
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Florida 16-yard line
Drive Summary: It started as the Harvin drive with Tebow hooking up with Harvin through the air on four consecutive plays. Tebow then found Caldwell three times, including a 14-yard touchdown pass play. Tebow finished the half completing 19-of-22 for 262 yards and three touchdowns.

3rd Quarter

Florida 35, Vanderbilt 10

Drive: 13 plays, 45 yards, 5:02
Scoring Play: Hahnfeldt 33-yard field goal
Clock: 9:58
Drive Started: At the Vandy 41 after they recovered an onsides kick to open the second half
Drive Summary: Vanderbilt converted three third downs to help set up the field goal. Adams hit Sean Walker on a 29-yard pass play to convert a 3rd-and-17 on the longest play of the drive.

Florida 42, Vanderbilt 10

Drive: 3 plays, 12 yards, 1:16
Scoring Play: Tebow 1-yard run
Clock: 4:16
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Vandy 12-yard line after Brandon James covered up a fumble by Alex Washington on a punt
Drive Summary: The old Tebow was back after he barreled through the Vandy defense for an 11-yard gain. Two plays later, he crossed the goal line for his second touchdown of the game.

4th Quarter

Florida 42, Vanderbilt 16

Drive: 11 plays, 51 yards, 5:30
Scoring Play: Adams 1-yard touchdown run
Clock: 13:46
PAT: 2-point attempt failed
Drive Started: At the Vandy 49-yard line following a 46-yard kick return by D.J. Moore
Drive Summary: Jared Hawkins 26-yard run put the Commodores inside the red zone. Facing a 4th-and-goal, Jermaine Cunningham was flagged for holding giving Vandy a new set of downs. Adams scored from 1-yard out on a controversial play that was reviewed.

Florida 49, Vanderbilt 16

Drive: 4 plays, 46 yards, 1:41
Scoring Play: Harvin 13-yard run
Clock: 12:05
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Vandy 46 after James returned the kick 52 yards
Drive Summary: Tebow went for 22 yards on the opening play to eventually set up the Harvin touchdown run. Harvin's 13 yard run put him over the 100-yard mark for rushing and became the first player in school history rush for and 100 yards and have 100 yards receiving.

Florida 49, Vanderbilt 22

Drive: n/a
Scoring Play: Darlron Spead returned a fumble 36 yards
Clock: 4:48
PAT: 2-point attempt failed
Drive Started: n/a
Drive Summary: A bad snap to Gator quarterback Cameron Newton who replaced Tebow was returned by Spead for the touchdown.


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