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                    === Driskel runs Florida over Vandy ===
 
 Nashville,  TN  (Sports Network) - With  its potent running attack, Florida is
 used to getting the ball and hanging onto it this season.
 
 This  wasn't the  case for the Gators  on Saturday, yet they still avoided the
 trap.
 
 Jeff  Driskel  ran  for  a  quarterback  school-record  177  yards  and  three
 touchdowns,  which included  a late  70-yard score  to put  the game  away, in
 fourth-ranked Florida's 31-17 triumph over Vanderbilt.
 
 The  sophomore  Driskel, who also  threw for  77 yards on 11-of-20 efficiency,
 topped  Tim  Tebow's mark  of 166  rushing yards  against Mississippi State in
 2007.
 
 "Jeff  had an outstanding night running the football and we did a lot with him
 in  the  passing game," Florida  coach Will  Muschamp said of his quarterback.
 "His  legs create  a lot of things for  our offense and we need to continue to
 take advantage of that."
 
 Mike  Gillislee carried  the ball 17 times  for 67 yards for the Gators, (6-0,
 5-0  SEC)  who extended their  winning streak to  22 games over Vanderbilt and
 will host No. 3 South Carolina next Saturday.
 
 The  Gators  lead the  SEC  in  time of  possession  at  35:19 per  game,  but
 lost the battle to the Commodores 33:10 to 26:50.
 
 Jordan  Rodgers  completed 17-of-31  passes for  237 yards  and a score, while
 Jordan  Matthews  caught  eight  balls  for 131  yards  and  a  touchdown  for
 Vanderbilt (2-4, 1-3), which was coming off a win at Missouri last week.
 
 "We  had a  game plan, but you  can't make those types of mistakes against the
 No.  5 team in the country on your own field," Vanderbilt coach James Franklin
 admitted.  "We had  opportunities in  the passing  game, but  we had  too many
 dropped balls in critical situations."
 
 Zac  Stacy  gained 86 yards  on the  ground in the  setback, but his 1-yard TD
 plunge, which capped an 11-play, 65-yard drive midway through the final frame,
 cut the Commodores' deficit to 21-14.
 
 It was the first fourth-quarter point allowed by Florida this year.
 
 Andre  Debose, though, ran  the ensuing kickoff 60 yards down to the Vandy 37-
 yard line, which led to a Caleb Sturgis 26-yard field goal and a 24-14 Florida
 edge.
 
 Rodgers  heaved and  hit Matthews in stride  for a 53-yard gain down the right
 sideline on the first play of the Commodores' next touch.
 
 On  a 3rd-and-goal from the 4-yard line, Rodgers rolled right and hit Stacy in
 the  flat, but  the running back dropped  the football and Vandy had to settle
 for a 22-yard Carey Spear field goal which cut the margin to 24-17.
 
 Just  one  play into Florida's  ensuing series,  however, Driskel put the game
 out of reach.
 
 On  a zone read play, Driskel kept the ball himself, found a gaping hole along
 the  right  edge and  broke free along  the right sideline  for the 70-yard TD
 run and a 31-17 Gators' advantage with 2:20 to play.
 
 Rodgers'  pass to  Josh  Grady on  4th-and-goal on  Vandy's  next series  fell
 incomplete to seal the victory for Florida.
 
 The  Commodores struck  first  on their  second possession  of  the game  when
 Rodgers flipped a 10-yard score to Matthews midway through the opening stanza.
 
 The Gators, though, scored 21 unanswered points.
 
 A  37-yard rushing  score from  Driskel preceded  Sturgis' 23-yard  field goal
 with 10 seconds left in the half, which gave Florida an 11-7 edge heading into
 the  locker room.  Trey Burton  ran in  a conversion  attempt after  Driskel's
 touchdown to account for that total.
 
 Vanderbilt  took 8:32  off the clock on  its opening drive of the second half,
 but got no points to show for it.
 
 Safety  Josh Evans sacked  Rodgers for a 14-yard loss on a 3rd-and-10 from the
 Florida  13-yard  line, and  defensive end Earl  Okine blocked Spear's 44-yard
 field goal on the very next play.
 
 The  Commodores  seemed to force a  three-and-out on Florida's next touch, but
 Solomon  Patton scampered  54 yards on a  fake punt, which led to a 13-yard TD
 run by Driskel for an 18-7 edge.
 
 Sturgis  added a 29-yard  field goal early in the fourth to make it a 14-point
 game.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Florida  had  outscored its opponents 41-0  in the fourth quarter heading into
 the  contest  ... Vanderbilt last  beat Florida  in 1988 ... Florida outgained
 Vanderbilt,  403-363 ...  Florida  was  2-of-11 on  third  downs, while  Vandy
 finished 7-of-17.
 
 
 
 10/14 02:50:15 ET

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