If you love defense Nashville was the place to be as Florida won an ugly defensive game against Vanderbilt, 13-6. Florida QB Austin Appleby was 19/28 for 144 yards and 0 touchdowns. Ralph Webb was the leading rusher in the game with 100 yards on 24 carries for the Commodores.
Vanderbilt couldn’t get in the end zone as the Florida defense looked sharp all day picking off both Commodore quarterbacks at Dudley Field. Vandy QB Kyle Shurmur was knocked out of the game late in the fourth quarter allowing backup Wade Freebeck to come into the game to try to tie it up and force overtime. Freebeck was picked off with a minute to go to seal the victory for the Gators.
Florida had several chances to Vanderbilt away but the Commodore defense was strong all day giving Appleby fits and sacking him twice, both by Adam Butler. With just under three minutes to play Florida had second and goal from the 1 but Appleby fumbled the snap and Vandy recovered with time to put together a game winning drive. However the Dores couldn’t put it together and ultimately punted from their own 43 with 2:56 to go. The decision to punt was second-guessed by a lot of Vanderbilt fans online since they didn’t have bad field position.
Even though it was ugly Florida will take the victory after collapsing last week in Knoxville against Tennessee. The Vols scored 35 points in the second quarter to shock the Gators who led at the half 21-3. Florida will face LSU at home next week while Vanderbilt will travel to Lexington, KY to face Kentucky.