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Rex Grossman threw two touchdown passes

Saturday November 4, 2000Football records road victory at Vandy, 43-20

Nashville, TN

Rex Grossman threw two touchdown passes

The sixth ranked Florida Gators used five interceptions and two Rex Grossman touchdown passes to turn back Vanderbilt 43-20 on a rainy day in Nashville. The win put the Gators a game in front of South Carolina in the SEC East and sets up next week's winner-takes-all showdown with the Gamecocks in Gainesville. Todd Johnson picked off his fourth pass of the year. The other interceptions were made by Tron LaFavor, Travis Carroll, Darryl Dixon and Bam Hardmon. Carroll's interception set up a Grossman-to-Jabar Gaffney seven-yard touchdown pass that gave the Gators a 24-13 lead.

Florida coach Steve Spurrier praised his defense for the way it played Saturday. "We got five interceptions in the game. I can't remember the last time we had five turnovers there," said Spurrier. "Vandy ended up with only two hundred yards of offense, so it was one of our best defensive games of the season."

Grossman completed 21-of-32 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns. The Gators were down 13-10 when Grossman hit Reche Caldwell for a touchdown pass on a beautiful fade pattern to put the Gators in the lead 17-13 just before halftime. "It was lucky we got the ball into the end zone just before the half," said Caldwell. "Even though we got behind in the game, we came back to play well in the second half." Caldwell finished with the first 100-yard receiving game of his career.

Jabar Gaffney went over the 100 yard mark in receiving for the fifth straight game. Meanwhile, Robert Gillespie rushed for 93 yards on 14 carries. Earnest Graham chipped in with 60 yards.

Florida improved to 8-1 and 6-1 in the SEC. The Commodores are now 2-7 overall. The Gators will host South Carolina next Saturday at 3:30 in "the Swamp." The winner represents the Eastern Division in the December second SEC Championship game in Atlanta.

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