Jacksonville Sports Day

SEC: Gators Improve to 3-1 with Win Over Vandy: Del Rio Injured

GAINESVILLE – Florida scored five rushing touchdowns on the way to a 38-24 win over Vanderbilt Saturday afternoon.

QB Luke Del Rio, making his first start, was injured and has been lost for the season. The Florida junior broke his left collarbone. Redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks came off the bench to go 10-of-14 passing for 185 yards.

“Injury wise, Luke will be done. He will have surgery on Monday. You know he was doing a good job, but Feleipe came in and took care of business. I thought he handled it well. Obviously, that drive right before halftime was huge. He did a good job, and we’ll be ready to get him and Malik ready to roll,” said Florida Coach Jim McElwain.

Eddy Pineiro converted on a 22-yard field goal to tie the game at 17-17 going into halftime.

Lamical Perine became the first UF player to score three rushing touchdowns since Jeff Driskel, who also did it against Vanderbilt in 2012. Florida’s Malik Davis became the first true freshman in the SEC to have two rushing touchdowns in a game this season. Davis rushed for 124 yards

Franks led the Gators on three second-half touchdown drives.

“We talked about it all week,” McElwain said. “Obviously he was disappointed as any competitor would be, and yet when you look at the last game he was one of the (most excited) guys for the win. 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.”

Florida rushed for 218 yards.

Commodores junior QB Kyle Shurmur threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns on 18 of 40 attempts. The loss was the second in a row for Vanderbilt (3-2, 0-2).

“This was a game of attrition,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. “This game was won and lost in the trenches. Defensively, you’ve got to get off the field.”

Florida hosts LSU Saturday for homecoming.

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