Gators coast into SEC East showdown with 55-14 win

By: AP
By: AP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Chris Rainey blocked two punts and caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from John Brantley as Florida routed Vanderbilt 55-14 Saturday, setting up a showdown with South Carolina for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title next week.
The Gators (6-3, 4-3) will host the Gamecocks with the winner advancing to the SEC championship in Atlanta. Florida is trying to get back for a third straight year.
Vanderbilt (2-7, 1-5) lost its fourth straight, ensuring a second straight losing season under first-year coach Robbie Caldwell. The Commodores trailed 41-0 when Ryan van Rensberg blocked a punt Javon Marshall recovered and ran in for a touchdown.
The Gators started a little slow with a rare morning kickoff with a temperature of a chilly 44 degrees. But Florida still rolled up a season-high in points while winning its 20th straight game in this series.


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