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Trask, No. 6 Florida overcome sluggish begin to beat Vandy 38-17

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Kyle Trask handed for 383 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 6 Florida rallied from an early deficit to beat Vanderbilt 38-17 on Saturday.

The Gators (6-1, 6-1 Southeastern Convention) pulled into Vanderbilt Stadium an hour earlier than kickoff already in uniform, hoping to keep away from the guests’ locker room as a coronavirus precaution. The Commodores (0-7, 0-7) opened the sport by driving for a landing, however Trask helped get Florida on observe for its seventh consecutive win within the collection.

Trask, a Heisman Trophy hopeful, accomplished 26 of 35 passes to 9 completely different receivers. He’s the primary quarterback in SEC historical past to accrue 30 landing passes in seven video games.

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Vanderbilt drove 75 yards on 11 performs within the opening collection, scoring on Ken Seals’ 16-yard go to Chris Pierce Jr. with 10:50 left within the first quarter.

The Gators tied it lower than three minutes later. Trask discovered wider receiver Kadarius Toney broad open across the 15-yard line, and Toney carried the ball in the long run zone to finish a 27-yard play at 7:47.

Vanderbilt countered with Pierson Cooke’s 25-yard area purpose on the following drive, and the Gators tied it at 10 when Evan McPherson kicked a 33-yarder at 4:13 of the second quarter.

Trask threw a 34-yard TD go to Trevon Grimes with 49 seconds left till halftime for a 17-10 lead, and Dameon Worth rushed in from a yard out for a 24-10 benefit early within the second half.

With 2:55 left within the third, Trask discovered tight finish Kemore Gamble at the back of the tip zone for a 2-yard landing go.

Vanderbilt answered 54 seconds later with a 58-yard go from Seals to Pierce, who caught the ball across the Florida 45-yard line and eluded two sort out makes an attempt on his method to the tip zone. It was the longest landing catch for Pierce in his profession, and the longest TD throw for Seals.

Florida struck once more at 6:46 of the fourth quarter with Emory Jones finishing a 30-yard go to Gamble, his second of the sport.

Seals set a Vanderbilt document for passing yards by a freshman, besting the 1,483 yards thrown by John Gromos in 1985. He accomplished 22 of 34 passes for 319 yards, his fourth straight sport with 200 or extra yards and his third within the final 4 with greater than 250. It was the third time this season he has handed for no less than 300 yards.

SMALL CROWD

Household and associates of gamers and some Vanderbilt graduate {and professional} college students attended the sport. Vanderbilt made 500 tickets obtainable for members of the family of Florida gamers. Vanderbilt’s band, flag corps and cheerleaders have been within the stands on the visiting staff aspect of the sphere.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida: The Gators often arrive two hours earlier than kickoff however selected to reach late Saturday. Coach Dan Mullen informed the ESPN pregame present the gamers dressed of their uniforms. They didn’t enter the dressing room even for halftime.

Vanderbilt: Chris Pierce Jr. has landing catches in his final 4 video games, the primary time for the Commodores since Chris Boyd achieved the feat from Oct. 27 to Nov. 17 of 2012. He grew to 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 final Commodore with two landing passes in an SEC sport was Kalija Lipscomb in opposition to Ole Miss on Nov. 17, 2018.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Whereas it wasn’t the dominant victory anticipated by the Gators, the win is a key to a transfer up the polls. Texas A&M, ranked No. 5, didn’t play this week.

UP NEXT:

Florida: Hosts SEC opponent Kentucky on Saturday.

Vanderbilt: Hosts Tennessee in SEC sport Saturday.

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