Florida football vs Vanderbilt recap: How the Florida Gators bounced back to win on homecoming (2024)

Florida football will put its four-game home win streak on the line against Vanderbilt when it hosts the Commodores on Saturday at The Swamp.

The Florida Gators (3-2, 1-1 SEC) are looking to rebound from a 33-14 loss at Kentucky that has again raised questions about the direction of the program under second-year coach Billy Napier, who is going for his 50th career win.

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"We're still halfway through the season," Florida cornerback Jalen Kimber said. "We can always get better. Go watch the film and have a good mindset and not let this loss and just this performance like sit on us and dwell on us."

Florida holds a 43-11-2 series lead against Vanderbilt and is 21-1 against the Commodores at home dating back to 1960.

The Gators are seeking another strong defensive effort at The Swamp, where they have given up just four touchdowns and 10 points per game in three games at home this season.

Florida football game time, TV channel, betting odds today vs. Vanderbilt

KICKOFF: 4 p.m.

TV: SEC Network

BETTING ODDS: Florida by 18.5

FINAL: Florida 38, Vanderbilt 14 | 7:15 p.m.

Gators bounce back from loss to Kentucky with a 38-14 win over the Commodores to improve to 4-2. A balanced offensive showing for Florida on offense with 280 pass yards and 215 rush yards. Vanderbilt tallies 334 total yards but held to 58 rushing yards. Gators will travel to Columbia, South Carolina, and the Gameco*cks next Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Another Arlis answer

Gators redshirt freshman continues his stellar game with his second TD catch of the game, this one from 15 yards. Seven catches for 99 yards for Boardingham. Graham Mertz up to 254 passing yards and three TDs. Ends a 4 play, 36 yard drive lasting 2:07. Gators up 38-14 with 7:19 left.


Announced attendance for Saturday's game. Second largest crowd of the season for UF.

Trey Smack nails first FG of the game

Smack converts from 40 yards on his first attempt. Comes on a 4th and 10 from the VU 24. Ends a 7 play, 54 yard drive that lasted 3:24. Gators lead 31-14 with 12:12 left in the ballgame.

End of the 3rd: Florida 28, Vanderbilt 14

Gators will begin the fourth with the ball inside the Vandy 25 after a Treyaun Webb run of 43 yards. 152 yards of total offense for Florida in the third.

Vanderbilt marches down and responds

Ken Seals marches down the field with ease and finds Richie Hoskins over the middle for a 21 yard score. Ends a six play, 75 yard drive lasting 2:32 for the Commodores. 28-14 Gators with 45 seconds left in the third.

Eugene Wilson III with a Florida TD

Mertz completes a shovel pass to the freshman Wilson for a nine yard TD. Ends an impressive 14 play, 91 yard drive that lasted 6:25. Gators extend lead to 28-7 with 3:16 left in the third. Wilson's first career TD.

Mertz back at QB

Starting QB returns after sitting out for two plays. Florida gets the ball back after a Vanderbilt punt on a 16 yard drive.

Max Brown in at Gators QB

Replaces Graham Mertz, who injured his leg on the first play of the second half on a sack. Brown's second game action of the season.

Halftime, Florida 21, Vanderbilt 7

Florida goes into the half up 21-7 on Vanderbilt. Each team has turned the ball over once. Quarterback Graham Mertz is 17 for 21 for 138 yards and a TD. Montrell Johnson Jr. with 11 carries for 98 yards and a TD. For Vanderbilt, quarterback Ken Seals is 10 of 22 for 194 yards and 1 TD.

Florida extends lead

Florida extends its lead on Vanderbilt to 21-7 on a 7-yard TD run by Montrell Johnson Jr. The Gators went 8 plays in 71 yards and were aided by a pair of Vandebilt penalties on third down, one on an illegal hands to the face and one on a roughing the passer against quarterback Graham Mertz, that extended the drive.

Florida regains lead

Florida regains the lead 14-7, cashing in on a turnover to put together a 7-play, 61-yard TD drive that ends with a 2-yard TD pass from quarterback Graham Mertz to tight end Arlis Boardingham. The drive featured a heavy dose of running back Montrell Johnson Jr., who gained 43 yards rushing on the drive.

End 1, Florida 7, Vanderbilt 7

Florida jumped to an early 7-0 lead before the game tied up. Running back Montrell Johnson Jr with three carries for 43 yards, Quarterback Graham Mertz 7 of 9 for 57 yards.

Vanderbilt answers with a big play

Off a Florida turnover, when receiver Kahleil Jackson tried to throw downfield on a trick play and was picked off, Vandebilt puts together a quick TD drive. Vanderbilt quarterback Ken Seals connects with Will Sheppard on an 85-yard TD catch as cornerback Jason Marshall Jr. slips and is beaten in coverage with no safety help. Florida 7, Vanderbilt 7.

Florida gets on the board first

The Gators take a 7-0 lead with 9:05 left in the first quarter on a 14-yard TD run from wide receiver Ricky Pearsall on an end around play. The Gators drive nine plays on 93 yards, which includes five pass attempts and four runs.

Other inactives for Florida football

Other inactives for Florida football include tight end Dante Zanders, tight end Jonathan Odom and wide receiver Thai Bowman. Safety Miguel Mitchell, listed as questionable going into the game, took part in pregame warmups.

Ken Seals starting at QB for Vanderbilt

Ken Seals will start at quarterback for Vanderbilt instead of A.J. Swann, who is dealing with an elbow injury and has thrown 11 TDs to 7 interceptions on the season.

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RB Trevor Etienne among inactives for Florida football

Running back Trevor Etienne (upper body), left tackle Austin Barber (lower body) and center Kingsley Eguakun are all out for UF's game Saturday against Vanderbilt. Etienne is UF's leading rusher with 358 yards on 6.0 yards per carry with two TDs. The loss of Barber and Eguakun leave Florida down two starters on the offense line.

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