A near-coaching brawl erupted between Florida and Vanderbilt

Benches clear after targeting call in Florida-Vanderbilt

Benches clear after targeting call in Florida-Vanderbilt

The near-coaching brawl seemed to put a spark in the Gators, who, after the mass confusion, have rallied off 17 straight points to take the lead 26-21, and have managed to shut down the Vanderbilt offense.

An official held back Florida coach Dan Mullen as he yelled at Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason, who was near the Gators' sideline after checking on the Commodore defender whose helmet was knocked off by a hit by linebacker James Houston IV.

The following possession running back Jordan Scarlett busted through the Commodore defense for a 48-yard touchdown run to give Florida its first lead of the game.

Apparently, the play ticked off both coaches, as ESPN had a tri-screen, showing Florida coach Dan Mullen and his Vanderbilt counterpart, Derek Mason, getting into a heating exchange at each other.

The Gators did respond well in the second half.

Mullen told a reporter going into the locker room that he was sure Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey and Steve Shaw, the league's head of officiating, would handle the situation.

Running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn gashed the Gators for a 75-yard touchdown reception in the first half.

It got tougher for Florida when their leading tackler last week, Vosean Joseph, was ejected for targeting before the half.

"(Tight end) C'yontai Lewis came up to me and was telling me, 'No matter what, no matter if it's 31-0, you're our guy, we're always going to be rocking with you, ' " quarterback Feleipe Franks said. The Gators scored 24 straight points after Vanderbilt jumped out to a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter, their first comeback win since September 27, 2003, at Kentucky. Mullen and Grantham now get the chance to iron out the team's defensive mistakes with an extra week of preparation. "Don't try to cowboy and do your own thing", said Mullen. We made a lot of adjustments coming into the second half. We've won some games following the plan to win exactly. Jamauri Wakefield also ran for a TD.

Scarlett ended the game with 125 all-purpose yards to complement Lamical Perine's 214 total yards from scrimmage, making them the first Florida runners to eclipse 100 yards this season. "I think we responded really well".