Scores

Final

Vanderbilt 21

(4-5, 1-5 SEC)

Florida 26

(5-4, 3-4 SEC)

Coverage: SEC NETWORK

12:21 PM ET, November 5, 2011

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL

1 2 3 4 T
VAN 0 0 7 1421
FLA 0 17 3 626

Top Performers

Passing: J. Rodgers (VAN) - 297 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Demps (FLA) - 23 CAR, 158 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Matthews (SOU) - 9 REC, 170 YDS, 1 TD

Jeff Demps runs for 158 yards as Florida tops Vandy for 21st straight time

Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida needed a huge performance from Jeff Demps to beat Vanderbilt and end a four-game losing streak.

Demps ran for a career-high 158 yards and two touchdowns, shouldering the load because of Chris Rainey's ankle injury, and the Gators held off the Commodores 26-21 on Saturday.

The Gators now have won 21 in a row against Vanderbilt, extending their dominance in a series that has been one-sided since 1989.

The latest one was one of the closest in recent years.

Florida (5-4, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) led 17-0 at halftime and could have been up more had it not been for a missed field goal and a fumble at the goal line. But Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-5) scored on consecutive drives in the second half, cutting the lead to 20-14, and had a chance to move ahead.

It didn't happen. Florida took advantage of two penalties to keep a drive alive, and Demps went untouched for a 52-yard score with 2:13 remaining.

Jordan Rodgers' touchdown pass to Chris Boyd in the closing minutes made it 26-21, but Florida's Jordan Reed recovered an onside kick to seal the victory.

Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, carved up Florida's secondary. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score.

Vandy's Jordan Matthews caught nine passes for 170 yards and a touchdown.

Demps was a one-man highlight reel for the Gators. He scored on a 5-yard run in the second quarter, but saved his best play for last. He juked Kenny Ladler on a third-and-1 play and went the distance.

Florida's John Brantley was 16 of 24 passing for 173 yards, but he injured his right shoulder late in the fourth. Jacoby Brissett replaced him and finished out the game.

The biggest difference was penalties.

Florida, the most penalized team in the nation, was flagged three times for 17 yards. Vanderbilt was flagged 12 times for 106 yards. The last two were really crucial.

The Gators lined up to go for it on a fourth-and-1 play from their own 15-yard line. Trey Burton lined up under center, barked out cadences and got Rob Lohr to jump off sides.

Three plays later, Brissett rolled right and threw a pass up for grabs near the sideline. Sean Richardson was flagged for pass interference on the play, moving the chains and keeping the drive alive. Demps did the rest.

Florida won for the first time Sept. 24. The Gators, facing four consecutive ranked teams for the first time in school history, dropped games to Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Georgia.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VAN
FLA
1st Downs1827
Total Yards377410
Passing297213
Rushing80197
Penalties12-1063-17
3rd Down Conversions5-126-13
4th Down Conversions2-20-0
Turnovers01
Possession28:3331:27

Passing Leaders

VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rodgers19/2829710.620
FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brantley16/241737.200

Rushing Leaders

VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stacy13493.8017
Rodgers13201.5113
FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Demps231586.9252
Gillislee9394.3011

Receiving Leaders

VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Matthews917018.9134
Barden45112.8016
FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Burton34113.7015
Hines14040.0039

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERVANFLA
TD08:39Jacoby Brissett 1 Yd Run (Caleb Sturgis Kick) 07
TD04:45Jeff Demps 5 Yd Run (Caleb Sturgis Kick) 014
FG00:06Caleb Sturgis 55 Yd 017
THIRD QUARTERVANFLA
TD05:44Jordan Matthews 26 Yd Pass From Jordan Rodgers (Ryan Fowler Kick) 717
FG00:58Caleb Sturgis 40 Yd 720
FOURTH QUARTERVANFLA
TD10:54Jordan Rodgers 8 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 1420
TD02:13Jeff Demps 52 Yd Run (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 1426
TD01:16Chris Boyd 10 Yd Pass From Jordan Rodgers (Ryan Fowler Kick) 2126

Research Notes

Vanderbilt lost another close SEC game and fell to Florida (again), but QB Jordan Rodgers has played much better over his last 2 starts against Arkansas and Florida.
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