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UF 42, Vandy 14; Gators in the SEC title game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- OK, so my betting advice was way off. UF blasted Vandy 42-14 on Saturday and Tebow accounted for five touchdowns (two rushing, three passing). UF clinched the SEC East on Saturday and will play the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC championship game.

LIVE BLOG BELOW
UF is leading 42-0 in the third quarter. No more bloggy-bloggy until after the game. Must write for tomorrow's newspaper.

Pass from Tim Tebow to Riley Cooper for a 28-0 Florida lead. The line was Florida minus-24.

--Incredible safety blitz by Will Hill forces a VU interception. A.J. Jones deflects the pass in coverage and Ahmad Black picks it off.

--Black now has five interceptions on the season. UF takes over at the VU 32 and Tebow rushed for an 8-yard score three plays later.

--UF quarterback Tim Tebow has accounted for two touchdowns already tonight. First there was the 12-yard pass to Louis Murphy and now Tebow rushed for a 26-yard touchdown, his longest touchdown run of his career. Tebow has five carries for 49 yards.

--Carlos Dunlap blocked a Vanderbilt punt on the Commodores' first offensive possession. UF is 12-0 under coach Urban Meyer in games with a blocked kick. UF has blocked 15 kicks under Meyer and seven have come on the first drive of the game.

--Percy Harvin has three touches already and Louis Murphy caught his first pass of the game for a 12-yard touchdown. UF 7, VU 0.

--Emmanuel Moody carried the ball once on the Gators' first possession. He carried the ball for a four-yard gain.

PREGAME BELOW
Not the finest moment for objective sports journalism here inside the press box at Vanderbilt Stadium. Penn State lost to Iowa and the entire press box cheered ... except for The Miami Herald contingency, of course.

With Penn State's loss, Florida begins tonight's game one step closer to Dolphin Stadium.

SATURDAY LINKS...UF is taking Vandy seriously
A comeback route from the brink, the story of Vandy's George Smith, a native of Pembroke Pines

It's the countdown to kickoff here at Gator Clause. Let's get started...

10 That's the number worn by UF safety Will Hill. The freshman has emerged as a reliable defender and received significant playing time against Georgia. Anyone out there want to see Hill start ahead of Ahmad Black or Major Wright?

9 That's the number of field goals this season for UF kicker Jonathan Phillips, a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award. Phillips hasn't missed yet.

8 That's the yards per carry average for UF running backs Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey over the last four games. The two freshmen have combined for 517 yards on 65 times in the last four games.

7 The number of receiving touchdowns for UF receiver Percy Harvin. He entered today tied with Ole Miss receiver Shay Hodge for the most touchdown catches in the SEC.   

6. That's the magic number for Vanderbilt, which enters today with a 5-3 record. One more win and Vandy goes to a bowl for the first time since 1982.

5 That's the number of touchdowns UF quarterback Tim Tebow accounted for last week against Georgia. How many touchdowns will Tebow account for tonight?

4 That's the Gators' ranking in the AP Top 25 poll this week.

3 There will be a three-way tie for first place in the SEC East if UF loses to Vandy.

2 That's the number of Vandy starters from Broward County. Wide receiver George Smith is from Pembroke Pines and cornerback Myron Lewis is from Pompano Beach.

1 UF senior receiver Louis Murphy only caught one pass last week. Should he be more involved in the offense?

-jo-

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Should he be more involved in the offense? Yes. But also: should he catch passes when they hit him in the hands? Yes.

This Saturday is shaping up the BCS picture very nicely. Iowa knocks out undeserving Penn State, and Bama stays undefeated in OT win. OH YEAH! Nice appetizer for tonight's main course.

UF 48 VU 13

Go Gators.

ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE CALL on the Percy Harvin TD that was ruled a fumble. One of the worst calls I've ever seen in college football. Pathetic.

Almost as bad as the blown call on the Vanderbilt touchdown catch.

-jo-

That one at least had a shred of being possible. You COULD argue he got his hand under the ball and it wasn't enough to overturn.

The Percy play should've been ruled a TD BEFORE the ball even came out...which means the judge wasn't looking at the plane of the end zone.

Even after review, it is obvious the ball was over the goal line before it came out...AND his knee was down before it came out. So either way, the Gators should've retained possession.

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