Nov. 5, 2011
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Vanderbilt-Florida Postgame Notes
November 5, 2011 Gainesville, Fla.
Vanderbilt is in its 122nd year of organized football.
The Commodores wore black pants with white jerseys and black helmets.
Vanderbilt won the toss and deferred to the second half.
The attendance was 90,144.
Saturday's game was the 45th meeting between the Commodores and Gators.
VU now trails the all-time series 9-34-2.
For just the third time this year the Commodores and the opponent were scoreless after the first quarter. VU played scoreless opening quarters against Ole Miss and Georgia.
The Dores failed to score in the first half for just the second time this season with the first coming at Alabama.
Josh Jelesky earned his first career start getting the nod at left guard on the offensive line.
Casey Hayward recorded a season-high three tackles for loss.
Sean Richardson matched a career-best with his second sack of the season with a sack in the second quarter.
Richardson set a season-high with 10 tackles, including nine solo tackles to set the team-high for the season.
After having eight receptions in the first seven games Jordan Matthews now has 14 catches for 221 yards in his last two games.
Zac Stacy moved into 14th place on the Vanderbilt all-time rushing list with 49 yards giving him 1,565 for his career.
Brandon Barden moved into a tie for 17th all-time on the career receptions list with a season-high four receptions giving him 101 for his career.
For the third straight game Jordan Rodgers threw a touchdown pass when he connected with Jordan Matthews for a 27-yard pass in the third quarter. His two touchdown passes on the day established a new career-high.
Rodgers completed seven straight passes spanning the end of the first half and the Commodores' first drive of the second half when he went 5-for-5.
Jordan Matthews' 170 yards receiving are the most by a Commodore this season and the most since Earl Bennett's 223 yard against Richmond in 2007. Matthews' 151 yards last week against Arkansas are the second-most by a VU player this year. He becomes the first VU wide receiver to have back-to-back 100+ yard receiving games since Earl Bennett in 2006 when he had 184 yards vs. Duke (10/28) and 157 yards vs. Florida (11/4).
Jordan Matthews' nine receptions set a new career-high and matched Jonathan Krause's season team-high.
Kenny Ladler set a season-best and career-high with 11 tackles, including a career-best nine solo tackles.
Jordan Rodgers 297 yards passing gave him his second consecutive 200-yard passing game after his career-best 240 yards against Arkansas last week. Rodgers is the first Vanderbilt QB to pass for 200+ yards in consecutive games since Chris Nickson in 2006 when he threw for 250 yards vs. Duke (10/28) and 298 yards vs. Florida (11/4).
Jordan Rodgers' 297 yards passing were the most by a Commodores quarterback since 2006 when Chris Nickson passed for 446 yards against Kentucky.
Jordan Rodgers' fourth quarter touchdown run gave him his third straight game with a rushing touchdown.
Jordan Rodgers' 19 completions set a career-best and set a team-high for the Commodores this season and his two touchdown passes set a career-high.
Rob Lohr's tackle for loss in the fourth quarter gave him at least one tackle for loss in five straight games and seven of nine games this year.
The Commodores' forced a fumble on Florida's first possession with Andre Hal forcing the fumble and Steven Clarke recovered it in the end zone. The fumble recovery was the 8th of the season for VU and 24th turnover.
The Vanderbilt defense continued its solid play in the first quarter not allowing Florida to score. The Dores have outscored opponents 44-23 in the first quarter this season.
Vanderbilt's scoring drive to open the second half covered 78 yards in nine plays.
The Dores' 14-play scoring drive in the fourth quarter was the team's longest of the year.
Vandy outscored Florida 21-9 in the second half.
Ryan Fowler's 32-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter was blocked, the first time a Vanderbilt field goal had been blocked since 2010 against Tennessee.