FIRST QUARTER

What Went Right: Florida’s defense stopped Vanderbilt on the game’s first series, and the offense has looked poised early regardless of the turnover. And the Gators have outgained the ‘Dores, 132 yards to 97, in the first quarter, and have a chance to pull even.

What Went Wrong: Despite moving the ball effectively in both series, Florida made one critical mistake on offense. Franks’ interception at the goal line gave Vanderbilt the ball back, and the Commodores responded with a momentum-stealing 98-yard touchdown drive. However, the Gators start the second quarter looking to put six points on the board of their own.

Play of the Quarter: It has to be Franks’ interception. The tipped pass gave Vanderbilt the momentum, and the Commodores capitalized with a 98-yard scoring drive.

SECOND QUARTER

What Went Right: Not much, aside from Lamical Perine. Instead of putting up six points of their own, the Gators settled for a field goal. Florida’s defense hasn’t been awful, aside from allowing a 75-yard touchdown on a gamble that didn’t pay off. Aside from the turnovers, Florida has moved the ball well, which leaves the door open in the second half for a comeback. Perine’s seven-yard touchdown run gave the Gators a little life prior to the midway point, and Perine’s 63-yard reception came as a shock in the waning seconds, and might be the turning point the Gators needed.

What Went Wrong: Almost everything. The Gators could only watch as Vanderbilt capitalized on their mistakes, taking a 21-3 lead. The miscues were harmful — five penalties and two turnovers gave Vanderbilt the lead and the momentum midway through the second quarter — and have essentially been the difference thus far. The Gators had a chance to pull back within a possession, but madness ensued between Mullen, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason. James Houston and Vosean Joseph were ejected from the game on a would-be momentum-changing punt return by Freddie Swain, resulting in 30 yards of penalties. Perine’s field-flipping catch-and-run saved the Gators, however, but UF goes into the second half with little to no depth at linebacker.

Play of the Quarter: It should have been Kyle Shurmur’s 75-yard screen pass, which did more than just give Vanderbilt a double-digit lead: it revealed what can happen when things go wrong when the Gators gamble on defense and lose. But it has to be the scrum between Mullen, Grantham and Mason. It’s a bad look for both teams, and the Gators lost two linebackers for the remainder of the contest as a result. It’s more than likely that sequence has game-changing implications.

THIRD QUARTER

What Went Right: Florida benefited from a missed Vanderbilt chip-shot field goal, and the ensuing drive resulted in a 38-yard touchdown to Van Jefferson. The Gators are driving past midfield to start the fourth quarter.

What Went Wrong: Not much for the Gators, aside from allowing the ‘Dores to move the ball successfully to a degree on their second drive of the quarter. Florida appears more composed and has seized an opportunity to emerge victorious entering the final period of play.

Play of the Quarter: Tommy Townsend’s 18-yard run on fourth down extended the drive for the Gators, and Franks hit Jefferson for six just three plays later. The Gators pulled within a point, and it wouldn’t have happened without Townsend.

FOURTH QUARTER

What Went Right: The Gators grabbed a double-digit lead midway through the fourth quarter on Freddie Swain’s 11-yard touchdown reception. After Vanderbilt took an early 21-3 lead, the Gators clamped down in the second half, outscoring the Commodores 34-6 the rest of the way.

What Went Wrong: The highlights resoundingly outweighed any mistakes, as UF completed the comeback after a sloppy first half, holding Vandy to just a pair of field goals in the process.

Play of the Quarter: Swain’s leaping 11-yard touchdown gave the Gators a double-digit lead for the first time today, although a 53-yard field goal put the pressure on UF to complete the comeback. Florida freshman kicker Evan McPherson nailed the 43-yard field goal to give the Gators some breathing room, but it was Swain soaring for six that ultimately prevented a Vanderbilt upset.