Nov. 7, 2009
No. 1 Florida 27, Vanderbilt 3
Site: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.
With the 27-3 loss, the Commodores fall to 2-8 overall. They are in the midst of a 6-game losing streak that dates to their 36-17 win at Rice on Sept. 26. It marks the 19th straight loss in the series. The Commodores are also 0-6 in Southeastern Conference play, one year after going 4-4 in league action.
Vanderbilt sacks: four for 28 yards
Only two penalties for 15 yards (Vanderbilt's lowest for the season)
Offensive line, without senior Thomas Welch, protected Adams and did not allow any Vanderbilt sacks.
Despite the loss, Vanderbilt's defense held Florida to 375 offensive yards.
TB Warren Norman had 176 all-purpose yards on the day, with 99 coming from kickoff returns. Norman became the reigning SEC single-season record holder in kickoff return yardage with 951. Norman also moved into second in Vanderbilt's all-time freshman rushers with 658 yards.
QB Mackenzi Adams earned his first start of the season at quarterback, replacing Larry Smith, who did not dress after suffering a hamstring injury against Georgia Tech. It was Adams' 10th career start. He went 13-for-29 with 100 yards and an interception.
LB Patrick Benoist had nine tackles on the night, including a quarterback sack, with LB Chris Marve following with seven.
P Brett Upson had seven punts for a total of 297 yards.
DE Steven Stone's five tackles on the night included two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack for a total loss of seven yards.
DE Teriall Brannon had the first quarterback sack of his career, an eight-yard stop at the 6:42 mark of the third quarter.
The second half started off with a 5-yard quarterback sack by DE Steven Stone. This was Stone's second tackle for loss of the game.
Norman had a 30-yard rush at the 9:43 mark of the third quarter for a Commodore first down.
K Ryan Fowler put the first points on the board for the Commodores with a 32-yard field goal attempt through the middle of the uprights at the 8:40 mark of the third quarter. Fowler is 11-of-16 on the season.
Vanderbilt forced the Gators into three fourth quarter penalties for a total loss of 35 yards.
On the opening possession, Adams hit WR John Cole, TB Warren Norman and TE Brandon Barden for first downs, moving the ball to the Florida 35-yard line before the drive ended.
A QB hurry by Benoist and defensive pass by CB Myron Lewis forced Florida to punt on its first possession. WR Alex Washington's 6-yard return was the first of the year allowed by Florida. Though the Commodores failed to move offensively, Brett Upson provided good field possession with a 58-yard punt.
Despite holding Florida to three points, Vanderbilt went scoreless in the first stanza.
DE Steven Stone posted his 23th career tackle for loss, a 2-yard stop on QB Tim Tebow.
Marve had an impressive defensive stop, holding Florida to a 27-yard field goal on a 75-yard scoring drive at the 1:00 mark of the first quarter.
CB Eddie Foster and DE Tim Fugger combined for a tackle for loss of 3 yards at the 6:08 mark of the second quarter, holding Florida to a 45-yard field goal.
With 6:01 left in the second quarter, Warren Norman became the SEC's single-season record holder in kickoff return yardage. His 17-yard return allowed Norman to surpass the 903-yard record previously set by Dennis Johnson in 2008.
With 2:42 left in the second quarter, Patrick Benoist sacked Tebow for a 12-yard loss, then forced Florida into its second punting situation with a third-down tackle.
Vanderbilt trails at halftime 13-0. It marks the third time this season the Commodores failed to tally points in the first half.