Florida vs. Vanderbilt: Jeff Driskel and the Gators run away with a 31-17 win

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It wasn't pretty - games against Vandy often aren't - but Jeff Driskel and the Gators ran away from Nashville with a win.

I guess you can throw out the record books when Florida takes on Vanderbilt. In a repeat of the recent games against these two teams, the Gators came out ahead, but not without having to scratch and claw against the overmatched Commodores.

This game reversed many of the trends of this season. This time, it was the Gators that got worn down as the game progressed. Injuries on both lines definitely contributed to that. The Gator defense gave up points in the fourth quarter for the first time all season. And, more positively, Andre Debose (!) actually contributed, albeit not as a wide receiver.

Despite all of this, there were still some encouraging signs to take away from this game (unless you choose to just leave Nashville with a win and never speak about this game again). The special teams shined: Caleb Sturgis was perfect, Kyle Christy continued bombing punts, and Debose returned kicks all night without getting yanked.

Most importantly, Jeff Driskel bailed the offense out with his legs. He had a fairly pedestrian night throwing the football (11 of 20 for 77 yards), but he had a positively Tebow-esque night on the ground. 177 yards, 3 touchdowns, with a 16.1 yard average. In fact, his 177 yard outing is more than Timmy ever had while donning the Orange and Blue. His sheer athleticism is making up for him being so green as a passer, but I don't think too many Gator fans will mind if he keeps ripping off 70 yard touchdown runs.

There's a lot not to be worried about this game and this team, but the bottom line is that the Gators are 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the SEC. For now, let's just try to enjoy this.

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