Florida's run game highlights 38-24 win over Vanderbilt
Contrary to what we've seen in previous games this season, Florida got on the board early with the help of the run game. Lamical Perine ran for 63 yards with three touchdowns, and true freshman Malik Davis ran for 124 yards with two touchdowns.
It was a game full of firsts for Davis, who had his first career 100-yard rushing game, a career-high 124 yards on 17 carries, and became the first true freshman in the SEC with two rushing touchdowns in a game this season.
"Now the nation should know about Malik Davis," said running back Perine. "He is going to score a lot of touchdowns in The Swamp, and in a whole lot of other stadiums. I am glad to see him do well. In summer ball, he broke some big runs on the starting defense and he has been doing it ever since.”
Time of possession for the Gators was 36 minutes, longer than what we've seen on average, and the defense welcomed the extra down time.
“It was a good feeling not being on the field as much," said sophomore linebacker Kylan Johnson. "Seeing the offense move the ball down the field, we appreciate stuff like that.”
Linebacker David Reese echoed Johnson's response, saying "It was beautiful to be off the field. I feel like that's why they didn't score as many points. I feel like our defense had energy the whole game and we were able to make stops in the fourth quarter."
Quarterback woes continue for Florida after an injury to starting quarterback Luke Del Rio. After the game Jim McElwain announced that Del Rio will be getting surgery on Monday, and will miss the remainder of the season.