Mike Pouncey made an immediate impact in his first action as a defensive tackle. Playing largely on first and second down, Pouncey consistently clogged the middle and made life difficult for Vanderbilt ball carriers. At one point, he registered a tackle by knocking the man trying to block him into quarterback Mackenzi Adams. Urban Meyer was extremely pleased with what he saw from the converted freshman offensive lineman.
"He brought instant energy to our defense," Meyer said. "They played with much more energy than they have in the past, and I attribute that to Mike Pouncey."
For his part, Pouncey enjoyed his new role.
"I think I did real well. I've got to fix a couple of things, just the little stuff."
Meyer says Pouncey will remain on the defensive side of the ball for the remainder of the season. Pouncey was anticipated to be next year's starter at center, so no promises from Meyer on what will happen after this year's bowl game.
As for Pouncey, he says, "I love both coach Addazio and coach Mattison. We'll talk about it after the season."
How dominant was Percy Harvin in the first half? He had 84 yards and a touchdown on seven carries to go with 105 yards receiving on eight catches. Not only did he make the Vanderbilt defense look hapless, his total of 189 yards was 50 more than the entire Vanderbilt offense generated before the break.
Harvin became the first player in Florida history to go over 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. The Commodores were able to edge him out for total yards by the end of the game, 255 to 223.
Shotgun snaps cost Florida points for the second week in a row. This time there were two miscues, one of which led to a touchdown for the Commodores.
Florida's lone non-scoring possession in the first half was the result of another blown shotgun snap for a gigantic loss. Facing a 2nd-and-6 from Vanderbilt's 7-yard line, Florida called timeout from the sideline to avoid a delay of game penalty. Despite the referee announcing it would be a 30-second timeout, Florida appeared to think a TV timeout had been called. Whatever the reason, when the 25 second clock was started the team lingered in the sideline huddle until the play clock was down to 18 seconds. They weren't actually lined up until it was at six, and in the resulting rush to get the play off Drew Miller's shotgun snap sailed past Tim Tebow.
While Tebow recovered it, the errant snap cost Florida 26 yards. After a completion to Andre Caldwell got the Gators back into field goal range, Joey Ijjas missed a 38-yard attempt.
With backup quarterback Cameron Newton in the game, Florida opted to go for it on 4th-and-3 in Vanderbilt territory. After the snap by Carl Johnson was rolled back to Newton, he tried to scoop it up rather than falling on it. Unfortunately for Florida, Newton was hit as he looked to pick the ball up and it squirted on toward his own end zone. Vanderbilt's Darlron Spead picked it up and jogged in easily for the final Commodores score of the game.
ONE PLAY, TWO TOUCHDOWNS
One play from the fourth quarter will likely be a staple on future referee training videos. With 13:46 remaining, Vanderbilt's quarterback Mackenzi Adams attempted to leap across the goal line with the ball from inches away. The ball was dislodged from his hands, after which Florida linebacker Dustin Doe caught it in the air and rumbled the length of the field for a Gator touchdown. At least that's what the head referee saw, as he had trailed Doe the entire way and signaled the UF touchdown.
One of the linesmen saw things differently, as he was signaling a Vanderbilt touchdown for most of Doe's return.
After a lengthy video review, the first call stood and Vanderbilt was given credit for a touchdown. It didn't appear the ball ever crossed the line on replay, but perhaps figuring out what to do next if the call was overturned just seemed too confusing. Urban Meyer will likely be asking the SEC office to take a look at that and several other curious calls from this game.
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT TIME - WHAT'S THAT?
For the first time in weeks, Florida had a big lead in the fourth quarter and the opportunity to get playing time for little used backups. Yet with a 49-16 lead and Tim Tebow still affected by an injured shoulder, he and other starting players were sent back out to continue to run the offense with 11:36 remaining in the game. Tebow was hit hard twice on the series, which might have finally prompted the coaches to begin warming up the backups. Cameron Newton entered at quarterback on the next possession.
Fans hoping Newton will get the chance to become more involved in the run game may get their wish according to offensive coordinator Dan Mullen.
TANGLED UP IN BLUE
Florida broke from routine by wearing all blue uniforms instead of the traditional white pants and blue tops. Meyer said the seniors came to him and asked to do it and after initially being skeptical he went along with it.
"I'll set my hair on fire if it'll motivate those guys."
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