After trouncing Georgia for the second straight year in Jacksonville, the Florida Gators now have an opportunity to clinch the SEC East title and a spot in the conference championship game this weekend. The No. 10 ranked Gators will host Vanderbilt for homecoming on Saturday with kick-off scheduled for 12:00 p.m. All of the coverage of the contest at the Swamp will air nationally on ESPN. The Baltimore Gator Club will host its weekly watch party at the Greene Turtle at McHenry Row, so if you can’t get to Homecoming then come down in your best Orange and Blue to cheer on the Gators.
The Greene Turtle – McHenry Row
1606 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, Md. 21230
The Gator defense caused five turnovers and the offense concerted for big plays as Florida (7-1, 5-1 SEC) ran over rival Georgia for the second consecutive year in a 27-3 victory. Quarterback Treon Harris was a little erratic, but hit freshman Antonio Calloway for a 66-yd. touchdown in the second quarter for one of many momentum-changing plays. Kelvin Taylor was solid on the ground against the Bulldogs again, gaining 121 yards and scoring twice.
The story of the day, though, was the defense as the unit picked off Georgia QB Faton Bauta four times and allowed just 223 yards of total offense. For the year, the Gator defense is giving up just 15.5 points per game, the seventh-best average in the nation.
Vanderbilt (3-5, 1-3 SEC) stepped out of conference last weekend and was blanked, 34-0, at Houston. The Commodores have traded wins and losses each of the last seven weeks after dropping their first two contests of the season to Western Kentucky and Georgia.
Against the Cougars, Vandy totaled just 185 yards, 99 of which came from sophomore running back Ralph Webb. Commodore QBs Johnny McCrary and Kyle Shurmur combined to connect on just five of 20 passes for 44 yards, turning the ball over three times.
Florida cruised to a 34-10 victory over Vanderbilt last year in Nashville behind a strong running game that racked up 214 yards on the ground. The Gators lead the all-time series with the Commodores, 36-10-2, and have lost just twice to their SEC East rivals in Gainesville. One of those defeats came on Vandy’s last trip to the Swamp in 2013 as the Dores held off the Orange and Blue for a 34-17 victory, their first at Florida since 1945.