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Florida 34, Vanderbilt 10: Treon Harris, defense pace Gators in pull-away win

Florida got what it needed on Saturday night in Nashville.

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Maybe Florida should just try to trail 7-0 every week?

One week after turning a 7-0 deficit against Georgia into a 38-20 win, the Gators did a better turnaround job on the road at Vanderbilt, punching back after allowing a touchdown drive in the first quarter and riding steady play from Treon Harris and a play-making defense en route to a 34-10 victory.

Harris threw for 225 yards and ran for another 49 yards and two touchdowns against the Commodores, hooking up with Quinton Dunbar (a career-high 97 receiving yards) and Ahmad Fulwood on bombs and completing 13 of his 20 passes, and he improved to 2-0 as a starter with the win.

Matt Jones led all Florida rushers with 90 yards on the ground, while Kelvin Taylor chipped in 55 rushing yards and the Gators' first rushing touchdown. Jeff Driskel, used sparingly in package duty (and 0-for-2 on his two throws of the night), leapt over the line for a go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter.

Florida led 17-7 at halftime after two forced fumbles in the second quarter led to Driskel's score and a Velez field goal, then outscored Vandy 17-3 in the fourth quarter behind Harris's two TD runs. Vernon Hargreaves III and Jalen Tabor each contributed spectacular picks — watch Tabor's one-handed beauty here — in the final period.

With the victory, Florida improves to 5-3 on the season, and assures itself of a better record than the 4-8 mark the Gators posted in 2013. Up next: South Carolina comes to Gainesville on November 15, with bowl eligibility and Florida's faint hopes of winning the SEC East on the line.