Florida rallies from 18 down to beat Vanderbilt

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 14, 2018

It was Florida's ground attack (292 net yards rushing) coupled with Franks' career-high 284 yards that eventually wore down the Vanderbilt defense and allowed the Gators success down the stretch.

Tempers flared in Florida's road contest at Vanderbilt on Saturday as both benches cleared onto the field following the ejection of Gators linebackers James Houston and Vosean Joseph. They scored 17 unanswered points to close the deficit, and then Gators running back Jordan Scarlett capped off the comeback with a 48-yard, go-ahead touchdown run.

With a grin, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason ran toward Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

But it seemed to be the jolt that he and the Gators needed for the second half.

Florida head coach Dan Mullen then had to be restrained by an official. He spent much of the first half unhappy with the officiating decisions.

"I talked to Dan at the end of that ballgame, and that was just a matter of players down, and their player on the sideline had said something directed at me, and I said something back, and Dan gets mad - that's how it started", Mason told reporters.

Florida has started out pretty flat, while the Commodores showed up to play. "Everyone just believing in me, they've always got my back, like 'Come on, we've still got this.' Stuff like that helped us come back and keep the momentum on our side when it really wasn't". We've won games making big, explosive plays ... The Commodores are still searching for their first SEC win of 2018, while Florida sits at 3-1 in conference play. Don't try to cowboy and do your own thing.

"The team learned from our one loss this year", Mullen said.

Next thing we know we'll see an RKO on the field.

While Florida's offense has been relying on mostly quick throws to move the ball this season, the offense chose the right game to uncork itself. "I like the pat on the back rather than the kick in the rear end, so let's just keep working to keep it six inches higher". "And we did enough of that in the second half to win". "We had a lot of mistakes early on in the game, and mistakes happen in football. I think we responded really well".

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