The Vanderbilt Commodore football team won for the first time in Gainesville since 1945, beating Florida 34-17 Saturday in UF’s Homecoming game.
The loss drops Florida to 4-5 overall and to 3-4 in the SEC and also gives the Gators a four game losing streak.
Vanderbilt (5-4, 2-4 SEC) capitalized on Gator turnovers, three of them interceptions thrown by Gator quarterback Tyler Murphy. After the first pick, tailback Jerron Seymour scored from 10 yards out to give the Commodores a 10-0 lead.
Another pick set up a five yard touchdown run by quarterback Patton Robinette that gave Vanderbilt a 17-0 cushion. Later, a 17 play drive by Florida only netted a field goal and Florida trailed 17-3 at the break.
Seymour would score two more touchdowns on the ground to help give the Commodores the win. Vanderbilt only had 183 total yards on the day but it did capitalize on the Florida turnovers to score enough points and get the win.
Murphy ended up 30 of 46 for 305 yards with three picks; he was also sacked twice while throwing one touchdown pass.
Florida plays its final SEC game of the season next week at nationally ranked South Carolina.