Vanderbilt-Florida Postgame Notes
October 13, 2012 Vanderbilt Stadium - Nashville, Tenn.
Vanderbilt is in its 123rd year of organized football.
The Commodores wore black helmets and pants with gold jerseys; marking the first time this season for the Dores to wear that combination.
Vanderbilt won the toss and elected to defer to the second half with Florida receiving the ball in the first half.
Attendance was 40,350.
During pregame ceremonies, the Black Daggers demonstration team from Fort Bragg, N.C. parachuted the official game ball onto the Dudley Field surface at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Nine Wounded Warriors participated in the Anchor presentation.
The American flag used for the national anthem came from the Nashville National Cemetery in Madison and was marched to the campus by the World Warrior Project.
At halftime, 35 members of the Airborne Division Air Assault marching band performed with Vanderbilt's Spirit of Gold marching band.
The Commodores took the lead in the first quarter on a TD pass from Jordan Rodgers to Jordan Matthews marking the third time this season the Dores scored first (Northwestern, Presbyterian).
Vanderbilt's 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter marked the first time Vandy led Florida after one quarter since 2004 when the Commodores led 10-7.
Vanderbilt trailed at the half 11-7, the third time this season the Dores trailed at the half (South Carolina, Georgia).
The game against Florida marked the third game in the Commodores first six of the season against an opponent (Florida, South Carolina).
Defensive tackle Jared Morse made his second straight start after making his first career start last week at Missouri.
With his 37-yard grab in the first quarter, Chris Boyd now has at least one catch in 14 straight games.
Jordan Matthews' 10-yard TD catch in the first quarter gave Matthews at least one catch in 14 straight games and three touchdowns on the season.
Archibald Barnes matched a season-best with eight tackles in the first half and set a career-high with 12 tackles.
Karl Butler made his team-leading seventh tackle for loss with a stop in the first half.
Jordan Matthews now has at least four catches in every game this season and passed the 500-yard mark for the season with a grab in the third quarter.
With a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter Wesley Tate established a new career-high with 66 yards on 10 carries.
Zac Stacy's one-yard TD run in the fourth quarter gave him 24 touchdowns in his career tying him with Marcus Wilson (1989-92).
Jordan Matthews' 53-yard catch in the fourth quarter put him over 100 yards receiving for the third time this season and fifth time in 12 games.
Zac Stacy moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time rushing list with 86 yards on the night giving him 2,576 yards in his career.
Steven Scheu caught a career-high three passes for 21 yards.
Jonathan Krause's 23-yard catch was a season-long.
Jordan Rodgers passed for a season-high 237 yards matching a season-best with 17 completions.
Vanderbilt's 363 yards of total offense was the most against a SEC team this season and the second-most this season (Presbyterian, 605).
Vanderbilt converted a season-best seven third down conversions.
The Commodores' fourth quarter touchdown was the first fourth-quarter TD the Gators had allowed this season.
The Commodores started the same 11 on defense as the Missouri game.
Vanderbilt held Florida to 77 yards passing, the second time this season the Dores have held a SEC opponent to less than 100 yards (67, South Carolina).
The Dores held SEC-leading rusher Mike Gillislee to 67 yards on 17 carries.
Special Team Notes
Richard Kent's 53-yard punt at the end of the first quarter gave him three straight games with at least one 50-yard punt and five on the season.
Cary Spear's 22-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gave him a six-game streak with at least one field goal.
Richard Kent matched a season-best with three punts inside the 20-yard line.