Gators lose QB in victory over Commodores

Jonathan Hernandez
October 3, 2017

But on a slippery, humid day in The Swamp it was the Dores' defense that let things slip through their grasp in a 38-24 loss to no. 21 Florida.

After getting named as the Florida Gators' starting quarterback earlier this week, Luke Del Rio picked up a season-ending collarbone injury on Saturday.

On Wednnesday, McElwain said that he was notified during practice that his grandchild was born. "And yet, the guys rallied around Feleipe [Franks]".

Cleveland leads the team in every receiving category, recording 15 catches, 326 yards and two touchdowns.

Perine, a sophomore, is the first Florida player to rush for three touchdowns in a game since quarterback Jeff Driskel in 2012 and the first running back to do so since DeShawn Wynn in 2005. Given another chance, the Gators ran the ball again on third and nine and Malik Davis almost picked up the first down, pushing defenders to right up next to the first down marker.

Although punter Johnny Townsend still needs to work on his hang-time, McElwain said that they did a good job of flipping the field. "He handled it like a competitor should and a good teammate should. yet he knew his time was not done by any stretch of the imagination". Franks would finish 10-14 with 184 yards.

The match between the Tigers (11-3, 2-1 SEC) and the Gators (10-0, 2-0 SEC) will be aired on SEC Network and SEC Network+ through WatchESPN.com and the app with Tiffany Greene and Missy Whittemore on the call.

Two weeks ago Vanderbilt held the no. 1 defense in America, having allowed just 13 points through three games.

The Commodores rushed 20 times for 46 yards, which was not a noticeable improvement over previous games. In that game, LSU did not find their first points until the 3 quarter with 45 seconds left on the clock while Troy had 17 point lead.

Florida Gators running back Lamical Perine (22) scores a second quarter touchdown during the Florida Gators take on Vanderbilt.

Florida's top wideout, sophomore Tyrie Cleveland, is nursing a high ankle sprain and will nearly certainly miss this weekend's game against LSU.

We needed a jumpstart... "It turned out (Saturday) that we passed the ball a lot more".

Oakland's third-year coach was impressed with his son's performance against the Wildcats and credited his durability to bounce back from last season's rough year.

A 42-yard field goal by Tommy Openshaw put Vanderbilt ahead 17-14 in the second quarter.

Florida's QB situation is yet again in flux.

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