Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
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Florida Defender Straight Up Body Slams Vanderbilt Running Back to the Ground

Florida Defender Straight Up Body Slams Vanderbilt Running Back to the Ground

Vanderbilt went into halftime with a 21-13 lead over the 14th-ranked Gators.

With under two minutes remaining in the half, Florida's Freddie Swain returned a punt past midfield - but the return was called back due to a brutal open field block that drew a targeting call and ejection for Florida's James Houston IV.

Mullen had to be held back from going after Mason as the coaches were on the field while Dare Odeyingbo was being tended to by Vanderbilt's medical staff after he was viciously blocked by a Florida player.

On a day when the Gators desperately needed their offense to come through, it did in a big, game-altering way.

Florida head coach Dan Mullen then had to be restrained by an official.

It was a slow start for the Gators (6-1, 4-1 SEC), coupled with a first half filled with penalties and mishaps.


It got tougher for Florida when their leading tackler last week, Vosean Joseph, was ejected for targeting before the half.

Mullen and Mason hugged each other at midfield after the game. "If you like being told that you stink, well then you don't have to work very hard, and everyone will tell us we won't win the game and they'll tell us how bad we are".

" I think the team learned from our one loss this year, is we get frustrated, just, we'll get you coached up".

Franks completed his first touchdown pass of the game just moments after Townsend's third-quarter punt fake, which brought the Gators within one. Don't try to cowboy and do your own thing.

"A good team can beat anybody every once in a while but great teams find a way to do it every single week", said Mullen.

"It's just us locking in and focusing", Scarlett said. We're going to make some adjustments, we're going to scheme some things up, if we need to. To their credit, the defensive backs did begin to swarm the Commodores' receivers a bit better after the second half. "It's how you fight through adversity and how you respond, and I think we responded really well". Jamauri Wakefield also ran for a TD. Florida finished the game netting a season-high 576-yards of offense, while Franks threw for a career-high 284 yards.

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