The Florida soccer team has had a week in which the Gators got off to a flying start against South Carolina and defeated the Gamecocks 38-6 in Florida’s last homestand.
But when the Gators (6-4, 3-4 SEC) take on Vanderbilt (4-6, 1-5 SEC) this afternoon, “hot” won’t be the word.
Temperatures in Nashville are expected to be in the 30s by the time Florida and Vanderbilt start at noon.
And should the Gators take the time to roll out of bed and warm up, the Commodores could seize the opportunity to secure their second straight conference upset after Vanderbilt beat Kentucky 24-21 in Lexington last week.
Meanwhile, Billy Napier and the Gators have an opportunity to extend their winning streak to three games and even their SEC record at 4-4.
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For the first time since 1988, the Commodores batted off the Gators 31-24.
Florida falls to 6-5 (3-5, SEC) while Vanderbilt improves to 5-6 (2-5 SEC).
Anthony Richardson finds Daejon Reynolds for a 16-yard touchdown to close the gap at 3:13. Adam Mihalek’s extra point wasn’t good.
Florida follows Vanderbilt 31-24.
The Commodores seemingly put the game on hold when Joseph Bulovas closed the gap with a 27-yard field goal and extended their lead to 31-18 with 4:33.
Knowing they had to score, and fast, the Gators offense led to a 74-yard touchdown game when Anthony Richardson delivered a deep punch to Daejon Reynolds. Florida’s two-point conversion was unsuccessful, allowing Vanderbilt to retain a two-ball possession lead.
The Commodores lead the Gators 28-18 with 12:03 to play.
Vanderbilt capitalized on another turnover in Florida and extended his lead with a 28-yard pass from Mike Wright to Ben Bresnahan. Vanderbilt now leads Florida 28-12 in the final minutes of the third quarter.
Mike Wright darts Gavin Schoenwald for a seven-yard touchdown for the Commodores, who extend their lead to nine points. Vanderbilt leads Florida 21-12 with 3:23 to play in the third quarter.
The Gators scored their first touchdown of the game on their first drive of the second half after Anthony Richardson and the Florida offense marched 72 yards down the field before Richardson found Montrell Johnson Jr. for a 3-yard touchdown.
The Gators’ two-point conversion was unsuccessful, allowing the Commodores to retain a 14-12 lead early in the third quarter.
Vanderbilt maintains a 14-6 lead at the break after the muted punt. Florida will start football in the second half.
Vanderbilt extended his lead to eight points after recovering a muted punt in his own end zone, good for a touchdown. The Commodores lead the Gators 14-6 with 3:22 to play in the first half.
Adam Mihalek scores with his second field goal of the afternoon, splitting the post from 44 yards. The Gators remain 7-6 behind the Commodores 4-38 to play in the second quarter.
Mike Wright finds Jayden McGowan on a 10-yard scoring connection to give the Commodores a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Adam Mihalek hits from 26 yards to give Florida an early 3-0 lead over Vanderbilt with 8:21 to play in the first quarter.
Vanderbilt football cornerback BJ Anderson was kicked out for aiming with the crown of his helmet for an lead early in the first half of Vanderbilt’s game against Florida (6-4, 3-4 SEC).
Since Anderson’s sacking came in the first half, he’ll sit out the rest of the game but will be allowed to return against Tennessee next week.
The play in which Anderson was ejected was a first-down screen pass originally dropped due to a loss by Anderson and defensive end Darren Agu. But even though Agu’s tackle was clean, Anderson’s was deemed not after the review. In the previous game, Anderson missed a tackle on the 3rd and 25th that could have ended the drive.
After the 15-yard penalty on Anderson, the drive continued and resulted in a field goal from Gators to give the Commodores a 3-0 lead.
— Aria Gerson, The Tennessean
The Gators and Commodores started from FirstBank Stadium in Nashville. Vanderbilt will start with football.
Vanderbilt quarterback AJ Swann is undressed and is out for Vanderbilt Football’s matchup against Florida.
Swann, who picked up an injury during the Commodores’ Nov. 5 loss to South Carolina, did not travel to Kentucky last week and was ruled “questionable” for the Gators game by Clark Lea.
That means Junior Mike Wright, who led the win over the Wildcats a week ago, has to start again.
– Aria Gerson, The Tennesseean