Coming off of an emotional and emphatic win over rival Georgia in Jacksonville last weekend, the Florida Gators head to the state of Tennessee for the second time this season to take on Vanderbilt on Saturday night. Kick-off at Vanderbilt Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with national coverage airing on the SEC Network. The Baltimore Gator Club will again be holding a watch party at the Greene Turtle at McHenry Row for the Gator game. We’ve had great turnouts this season and appreciate the enthusiastic support! Greene Turtle has recognized this, providing us a viewing area (with sound!), as well as with food and drink specials.
After going down 7-0 in the first quarter, Florida (4-3, 3-3 SEC) pulled level on a fake field goal for touchdown by Michael McNeely, and then ran over the Bulldogs for a 38-20 win. Running backs Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor combined to carry the ball 50 times for 389 yards and four touchdowns. As a whole, the Gator offense rushed for 418 yards, the most for the school in an SEC game since 1975. The UF defense gave up yards, but stood up the vaunted UGA running attack, and forced Nick Chubb to fumble twice.
Vanderbilt (3-6, 0-5 SEC) defeated FCS opponent Old Dominion, 42-28, last weekend in Nashville. Redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny McCrary tied a Commodore program record with five touchdown passes as VU never trailed and rolled to its second win in three weeks. Vanderbilt is still winless in conference play under first-year head coach Derek Mason, including a 24-14 defeat at Missouri two weeks ago.
The Commodores knocked off the Gators, 34-17, last season in Gainesville on Homecoming to snap a 22-game losing streak to their division rivals. Florida still owns a 35-10-2 all-time record versus Vanderbilt while leading the series in Nashville, as well, with a 16-7-1 record in the Music City.