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November 9, 2013

Instant Analysis: Florida hits rock bottom



Most Florida students witnessed the first loss to Vanderbilt in their lifetimes Saturday. After 22 consecutive losses in the series, the Commodores (5-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) defeated the Gators (4-5, 3-4 SEC) 34-17 on Florida's homecoming weekend. It was Vanderbilt's first win in Gainesville since 1945. Instant Analysis takes a look at the game that makes the Gators' bowl eligibility hopes a long shot.

IT WAS OVER WHEN: When the Gators opened the fourth quarter by falling behind the Commodores by 21 points, everyone knew it was over. A methodical Florida offense at best could not score three touchdowns in one quarter without serious help from the opposing offense in the form of turnovers. With 14:54 remaining in the game, Gators fans began funneling out of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in masses.

HE STOLE THE SHOW: Vanderbilt running back Jerron Seymour didn't put up any crazy numbers and broke the streak of 100-yard games against Florida at three, but he did all that needed to be done. Seymour was a force between the tackles in red-zone situations and finished with three touchdowns despite only averaging 2.87 yards per carry on the day.

THE STAT DOESN'T LIE: Vanderbilt didn't have to work much for the majority of its touchdowns thanks to Florida's miscues. The Commodores' first three touchdown drives were a combined seven plays and 36 yards long. To add salt to a bleeding wound, Vanderbilt's offense put together a 17-play, 87-yard masterpiece for its fourth touchdown.

WHAT A PLAY: The biggest cheer of the day came from the most faithful of the Florida faithful, who were around with 7:40 left in the fourth quarter for a strange and improbable play. Quarterback Tyler Murphy threw into coverage where the ball was swatted by Vanderbilt cornerback Andre Hal. But the fun started when the ball hit Hal's foot instead of the ground and was kicked into the air before being one-hand snagged by freshman wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood for a touchdown.

THIS MATCHUP PROVED KEY: Murphy was exposed in a bad way Saturday and had the most mistake-prone game of his brief UF playing career. He threw three interceptions, all leading to touchdowns for the Commodores. With a scoring opportunity in reach late in the first half, he held on to the ball to long and fumbled when sacked from the blind side. Murphy finished 26 of 45 for 297 yards against the nation's No. 55 secondary.


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