Three keys reviewed: Vanderbilt at Florida

The Vanderbilt Commodores fell to the Florida Gators 9-7 on Saturday in Gainesville. Here are your three keys reviewed for Vanderbilt's game with Florida.

1)  Sound Coaching  PUSH

There were too many delay of game penalties, illegal formation calls, etc., and the offense continues to struggle. However, the coaches overall game plan at least gave the team a shot to win.  The plan seemed to be to not gift opponents with easy scores as the Vandy offense had done against Houston and others.  The coaches stuck with safer running and gave Johnny McCrary a short leash on passing. The plan nearly worked. 

2) Offense scores points  PUSH

We saw a rare Commodore explosive play during the Florida game. Ralph Webb stunned over 90,000 chompers with a 74-yard run through a hole big enough to drive a Mack truck through.  While it was the only score of the game, it was nearly enough for the Dores to pull off the win. Yeah, I know it was just one score but it was at least better than what we saw in Houston.  

3) Solid special teams  FAIL 

The Commodore kick/punt coverage units allowed over 180 return yards averaging nearly 14 yards per punt return and giving up a 71-yard kickoff return.  Tommy Openshaw punted 10 times and nine of them were outstanding, averaging 45.5 yards. The tenth, however, was a killer, spanning just 12 yards and putting the Gator offense in business at the VU 45.  Florida was able to get to the Vandy 25 and the Gator kicker nailed a 43-yard game winning field goal to put UF in the SEC Championship game and continue Vandy's misery.  

The 3-6 Commodores still have hope of making it to a bowl. They host a reeling Kentucky team next followed by a visit from a not too strong Texas A&M team before heading east to visit the rival Vols.  If the Dores can win at least two of those they might have a shot of making a bowl as a 5-7 team due to the team's high APR (Academic Progress Rate).  


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