Kyle Trask handed for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns, and No. 6 Florida rallied from an early deficit to overcome Vanderbilt 38-17
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kyle Trask handed for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns, and No. 6 Florida rallied from an early deficit to overcome Vanderbilt 38-17 on Saturday.
The Gators (6-1, 6-1 Southeastern Convention) pulled into Vanderbilt Stadium an hour ahead of kickoff already in uniform, hoping to steer clear of the guests locker room as a coronavirus precaution. The Commodores (Zero-7, Zero-7) opened the sport by means of using for a landing, however Trask helped get Florida not off course for its 7th consecutive win within the collection.
Florida trainer Dan Mullen categorised the win as “a ho-hum efficiency,” and cornerback Kaiir Elam agreed.
“It was once just right that we closed them out. … I feel they scored means too many issues nowadays, truthfully,” Elam mentioned.
Trask, a Heisman Trophy hopeful, finished 26 of 35 passes to 9 other receivers. He’s the primary quarterback in SEC historical past to accrue 30 landing passes in seven video games.
“I feel I did a good activity of simply being at the identical web page with my guys,” Trask mentioned. “On the finish of the day, I do know there’s numerous politics and issues that move into all the ones person awards. … That’s why I don’t in point of fact get into all that. I’m simply thinking about profitable.”
Vanderbilt drove 75 yards on 11 performs within the opening collection, scoring on Ken Seals’ 16-yard cross to Chris Pierce Jr. with 10:50 left within the first quarter.
The Gators tied it lower than 3 mins later. Trask discovered wider receiver Kadarius Toney vast open across the 15-yard line, and Toney carried the ball in spite of everything zone to finish a 27-yard play at 7:47.
Vanderbilt countered with Pierson Cooke’s 25-yard box function at the subsequent pressure, and the Gators tied it at 10 when Evan McPherson kicked a 33-yarder at four:13 of the second one quarter.
Trask threw a 34-yard TD cross to Trevon Grimes with 49 seconds left till halftime for a 17-10 lead, and Dameon Value rushed in from a backyard out for a 24-10 merit early in the second one part.
With 2:55 left within the 3rd, Trask discovered tight finish Kemore Gamble behind the tip zone for a 2-yard landing cross.
Vanderbilt spoke back 54 seconds later with a 58-yard cross from Seals to Pierce, who stuck the ball across the Florida 45-yard line and eluded two take on makes an attempt on his strategy to the tip zone. It was once the longest landing catch for Pierce in his profession, and the longest TD throw for Seals.
“There wasn’t a lot to it,” Pierce mentioned. “I knew the offense wanted some motivation. I took it in my arms to be that particular person.”
Florida struck once more at 6:46 of the fourth quarter with Emory Jones finishing a 30-yard cross to Gamble, his 2d of the sport.
Seals set a Vanderbilt file for passing yards by means of a freshman, besting the 1,483 yards thrown by means of John Gromos in 1985. He finished 22 of 34 passes for 319 yards, his fourth directly sport with 200 or extra yards and his 3rd within the ultimate 4 with greater than 250. It was once the 3rd time this season he has handed for a minimum of 300 yards.
Vanderbilt trainer Derek Mason noticed a vivid spot in the best way his staff opened the sport on each side of the ball as gradual begins have plagued the Commodores all season.
“A part of our sport plan was once to assault early on each side and we did that,” Mason mentioned. “I feel that’s the means we will win.
“It was once a query of ways will we assault this Florida staff? After they walked, we needed to run. We had some alternatives and we simply neglected the ones.”
Friends and family of gamers and a couple of Vanderbilt graduate and professional scholars attended the sport. Vanderbilt made 500 tickets to be had for members of the family of Florida gamers. Vanderbilt’s band, flag corps and cheerleaders had been within the stands at the visiting staff aspect of the sector.
Florida: The Gators most often arrive two hours ahead of kickoff however selected to turn past due Saturday, and gamers by no means entered the dressing room, even at halftime. Mullen mentioned the small locker room at Texas A&M can have contributed to a COVID-19 outbreak on his roster, and he sought after to steer clear of the tiny guests room at Vanderbilt Stadium. He mentioned he did not suppose the extraordinary pregame contributed to Florida’s gradual get started.
Vanderbilt: Chris Pierce Jr. has landing catches in his ultimate 4 video games, the primary time for the Commodores since Chris Boyd completed the feat from Oct. 27 to Nov. 17 of 2012. He become the primary Commodore since Jared Pinckney to catch two landing passes in a sport. Pinckney snared two once more East Tennessee State Nov. 23, 2019. The ultimate Commodore with two landing passes in an SEC sport was once Kalija Lipscomb towards Ole Omit on Nov. 17, 2018.
Whilst it wasn’t the dominant victory expected by means of the Gators, the win is a key to a transfer up the polls. Texas A&M, ranked No. five, didn’t play this week.
Florida: Hosts SEC opponent Kentucky on Saturday.
Vanderbilt: Hosts Tennessee in SEC sport Saturday.
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