Gators Look to Rebound in Music City Saturday vs. Vandy

By on September 29, 2016. Posted in , , , , .

For the first time this season the Florida Gators enter the week looking to bounce back from a loss as the squad heads to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt on Saturday.  Kick-off at Vanderbilt Stadium is scheduled for 12:00 ET with coverage of the contest airing on the SEC Network.  The Baltimore Gator Club will host its weekly watch party for the game at the Greene Turtle at McHenry Row, so come on out in your best Orange and Blue and watch as the Gators take on the Commodores.

The Greene Turtle – McHenry Row
1606 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, Md. 21230

Under the direction of Austin Appleby who was making his first career start for the Gators, Florida (3-1, 1-1 SEC) jumped out to a 21-0 lead at Tennessee last weekend.  The Vols turned it around on UF in the second half, however, sending the Gators to a deflating 38-28 defeat.  The loss was the first for Florida against Tennessee since 2004 and came despite picking off Joshua Dobbs twice and sacking him once.

Appleby finished the game completing 23-of-39 passes for 296 yards and three scores, but the bulk of it came before halftime as the offense sputtering after the break.  The Gator running attack was contained for the first time this season as the group netted just 106 yards on the ground.

Despite getting gashed in the second half against the Volunteers, the Florida defense still ranks seventh in the nation in total defense, giving up 145.3 yards per game and only 13 points per game.

Vanderbilt (2-2, 0-1 SEC) survived against Western Kentucky last week, needing overtime to defeat the Hilltoppers on the road.  The Commodores scored a touchdown on the first possession of overtime on a five yard pass from Kyler Shurmur to Nathan Marcus and Tommy Openshaw converted the PAT.  WKU matched the touchdown, but then failed on a potential game-winning two-point conversion as Mike White’s pass fell incomplete.

The Commodores have been gauged this year on the defensive side of the ball, giving up 453 yards per game and 26.3 points per game, ranking 108th nationally.

Florida owns a 37-10-2 all-time record against its SEC East rival and has won nine of the last ten meetings between the schools.  Last season the Gators squeaked out a tight 9-7 home victory over Vanderbilt thanks to Austin Hardin’s 43-yard field goal with 2:22 left in the contest.