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Florida vs. Vandy: Blogging live...UF 49, Vandy 22: It's official Harvin sets record

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GAINESVILLE -- Percy Harvin just rushed for a 13-yard touchdown, placing him in the UF record books. He is the first Gator in the 101-year history of the program to rush for at least 100 yards and gain at least 100 yards receiving in a game.

Harvin has 113 rushing yards and 110 receiving yards. UF 49, Vandy 16; 12:05 left in the game. (I'M DONE BLOGGING LIVE; THERE'S NOTHING LEFT TO WRITE; Oh, wait, Florida cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis just made an incredible interception. OK, that clinches it. I've written it all.)

--Brandon James with another amazing return (52 yards, seventh return over 50 yards this year, fourth return over 50 yards in last three games). The only thing that really matters in this game is whether or not Percy Harvin rushes for 100 yards. He needs five yards to become the first player in Florida history to rush for 100 yards and gain 100 yards receiving in a game.

--A lull in the action and I'm wondering: How did Vanderbilt beat South Carolina? And: Is the SEC overrated?

Vandy now trying desperately to ruin another potential scoring drive with mistakes: penalty, incomplete, interception by Florida freshman Joe Haden. That's Haden's second interception of the season ... Oh, wait, the interception is absolved thanks to a defensive holding call by Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham. First and goal now. Second and goal. Finally, on third and goal, Vandy, bless its little heart, scores. (Vandy's quarterback Mackenzi Adams appeared to fumble and Florida linebacker Dustin Doe appeared to return the play 100 yards for a touchdown, but the refs are apparently feeling sorry for poor Vandy and they signal touchdown.) UF 42, Vandy 16.   

Florida punter Chas Henry confuses Vandy with ... a punt. Vandy return specialist fumbles and the Gators' Mr. Special Teams (Brandon James) recovers the muffed kicked. (Who else would make a play on special teams other than James, right?) Tebow carries the ball three times and scores a one-yard touchown run. UF 42, Vandy 10;

--Press box voice tells reporters that Tebow's 14th rushing touchdown on the season ties Emmitt Smith and Buford Long for Florida's single-season rushing touchdown record. (And now I'm thinking, Emmitt Smith only rushed for 14 touchdowns in one season at UF? Guess the Gators have never known how to properly use a running back.) 

--Florida quickly gets the ball back. Vandy went four-and-out, turning the ball over on downs at the UF 38. Nice tip by Florida freshman defensive end Justin Trattou on fourth down.

--Tebow just tossed his fourth interception of the season. (Florida coach Urban Meyer will tell reporters after the game that it was not Tebow's fault.)

--Comeback alert! Just kidding. Vandy kicks a 31-yard field goal to start the second half. Vandy coverted a third-and-17 (Adams to Walker for 29 yards to the UF 14) to set up the score. UF 35, Vandy 17.

--Vandy with the ball to start the second half. A few changes to Florida's defense: Jackson back at free safety; Torrey Davis in at defensive tackle alongside Mike Pouncey.

Hope you didn't step away for popcorn before the half. If you did missed the Percy Harvin drive. Florida scored with 37 seconds left in the half on a 12-play drive (84 yards, 2:46) that featured six consecutive plays to Harvin. (two carries for five yards; four receptions for 43 yards). Caldwell finished the drive with a 14-yard touchdown catch. UF 35, Vandy 7.

--Andre Caldwell (eight receptions) has already tied a career high for receptions in a game.

--Tim Tebow is having a pretty good day. He has completed 19-of-22 attempts for 262 yards and four touchdowns (one rushing).

--Percy Harvin's halftime stats: seven carries, 84 yards, touchdown; eight receptions, 105 yards 

--Tebow makes quick work of the short field. 12-yard pass to Harvin; four-yard touchdown pass to Caldwell. UF 28, Vandy 7; 6:28 second quarter. (Tebow is having a pretty good day: 12-of-13, 183 yards, three touchdowns (one rushing) in less than two quarters.)

Tip drill! Brandon Spikes tips a pass at the line of scrimmage and Jermaine Cunningham intercepts it. 18-yard return to the Vandy 16.

Jarred Fayson sighting. The forgotten Fayson catches a screen pass and dives into the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown. Nice downfield block by Andre Caldwell. Florida 21, Vandy 7; 9:34 second quarter.

(Press box voice now telling me some trivial information: With that touchdown pass, Florida has now passed and rushed for touchdowns in every game this season. The Gators are one of only two teams in the country to do such a thing. Houston is the other team.)

--Kestahn Moore getting jealous of Harvin now. He offers a 32-yard run. First down at the Vandy 12. (It should be noted that Tebow hasn't had to run the ball one time this half.)

--Leaving Percy Harvin in the backfield seems like a good idea. He has 79 yards rushing on five carries with 9:40 left in the first half.

Florida's defense showing its youth now. Was only a matter of time, I guess. Four Vandy first downs, two Florida personal fouls and a 35-yard pass to a tight end, giving Vandy a first-and-goal at the UF 1. One-yard touchdown run by quarterback Mackenzi Adams. UF 14, Vandy 7; 11 minutes left in the second quarter.

--Major Wright is in the game at free safety despite his marshmallow right hand. Vandy driving.

Harvin's brilliance is flushed down the toilet by a bad snap. The ball sailed over Tebow's head and instead of a possible first-and-goal situation, the Gators are facing third-and-33 from the Vandy 34. Good luck with that. Florida kicker Joey Ijjas misses the 38-yard field goal.

So, this Percy Harvin fellow is pretty good today. Harvin just broke 38 yard run moments after converting a third down with a 15-yard reception. Harvin's run--it appears that he's faster than everyone else on the field by five steps--goes to the Vandy 11. Harvin already has 57 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving in less than 15 minutes.

--Oh, Percy. Thanks for reminding us. You really are one of the most electrifying players in the country. (At least every other week.) Shortly after James' 53-yard punt return, Harvin made a diving catch for an 21-yard gain. He then weaved his way through Vandy's defense on the next play for an 18-yard touchdown run. This all took 44 seconds.

--(Press box guy is telling us that the drive was Florida's fourth in less than a minute this season.)

--Tim Tebow is this team's best player but return specialist Brandon James is a close second. His 53-yard punt return just gave Florida a short field at the Vandy 39. (Isn't James always busting a long return, you ask? Why, yes, actually he is. James leads the nation with six kick returns for more than 50 yards.)

--One drive in the books and Tim Tebow offers proof of his divinity. He completed all four of his passes for 78 yards and rushed for a one-yard touchdown to end the drive. The drive's highlight was a 40-yard bomb to Louis Murphy to the Vandy 3.

--The press box announcer informs us that Tebow, with 13 rushing touchdowns on the season, just tied the SEC record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.

--This is how bad it's gotten for Florida. Mike Pouncey, a freshman offensive lineman, is starting at defensive tackle. Now he's jumping around after a key stop on second down.

--Amazingly, Florida's defense holds Vandy to a punt on the Commodores first possession. Even more amazing, Florida senior free safety Kyle Jackson made a tackle on third down.


Gator Growl weekend here in Gville. A few pregame notes:

1. Vanderbilt has the best helmets in the Southeastern Conference.

2. Florida wide receiver Riley Cooper did not warm-up with the wide receiver corps. Florida coach Urban Meyer told reporters this week that Cooper would likely play today. Guess not. Cooper broke a couple fingers against Kentucky. Kind of hard to catch footballs from Tim Tebow with broken fingers. (And, no, before you ask. Tebow and his mythical cannon for an arm did not injury Cooper's digits.

3. Major Wright is wearing the boxing glove again. "Hey, I'm Major Wright, Marshmallow Fist Man, give me some candy." This is a reference to MiamiHerald.com's Weekly Gators Report this week...Halloween special.

4. Vandy quarterback Mackenzi Adams appears fit. Looks like he's playing.

5. And now the kickoff...Major Wright and the Marshmallow Fist makes the tackle.

6. Mike Pouncey, the offensive lineman, is starting at defensive tackle.


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