Halftime analysis: Florida 11, Vanderbilt 7

October, 13, 2012
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Injury-riddled Florida has a fight on its hands at Vanderbilt. Here's a breakdown of the first half:

Turning point: Florida called upon QB Jeff Driskel to make a play with his legs, and he delivered with a 37-yard touchdown run with 11:27 remaining in the first half. Driskel kept the ball on an option play and went around left end. Vandy's entire defense bought the dive up the middle, and Driskel had a wide open field. WR Latroy Pittman was there and got a block on a pair of defenders, and Driskel went untouched down the left sideline. After Trey Burton ran in the two-point conversion, the Gators led 8-7.

Best player in the half: Driskel ran for 92 yards and one touchdown, a 37-yarder that eventually gave the Gators a lead. The 92 yards is already a career-high for the sophomore. Driskel has accounted for 169 of Florida's 221 yards of total offense.

What Florida needs to do: The Gators are dealing with a long list of injuries (OLs Xavier Nixon, Jonotthan Harrison and James Wilson; TE Jordan Reed; DT Dominique Easley; LB Jelani Jenkins; Pittman) and are going to have to depend on reserves and inexperienced players the rest of the game at several key positions. The key will be to simplify the game plan, rely on RB Mike Gillislee, and have Driskel make more plays with his feet.

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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