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The Gators' 22-game win streak over Vanderbilt came to an end Saturday.

Saturday November 9, 2013The Quick Slant: Instant Analysis from UF's 34-17 loss to Vanderbilt

The Gators' 22-game win streak over Vanderbilt came to an end Saturday.

Scott Carter
By SCOTT CARTER
GatorZone.com Senior Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators played at home for the first time in five weeks Saturday but they couldn't escape their struggles.

Florida suffered a 34-17 Homecoming loss to Vanderbilt at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, snapping a 22-game win streak over the Commodores that dated to 1989.

Three first-half turnovers were too much for the Gators to overcome as they lost for the fourth consecutive game.

THE QUICK SLANT

WHAT IT MEANS: Florida's impressive streaks of consecutive winning seasons (33) and bowl trips (22) are in serious jeopardy after the loss to Vanderbilt. The Gators have not had a losing season since the 1979 team finished 0-10-1 in Charley Pell's first season. The last time the Gators missed a bowl game was in 1990, Steve Spurrier's first season. They finished 9-2 but were ineligible for postseason play.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy had a difficult day. Murphy threw three interceptions and all three picks led to Vanderbilt touchdown drives. Murphy finished 30 of 46 for a career-high 305 yards, three interceptions and one touchdown.

STAGGERING STATISTIC: 1945 -- the last time Vanderbilt beat the Gators in Gainesville prior to Saturday. That was the first meeting between the two programs in school history. Florida is now 19-2-1 all-time against the Commodores at home.

SUBPLOT: Given Murphy's struggles and his shoulder injury earlier this season, is it possible the Gators might turn to backup Skyler Mornhinweg for a look next time Murphy has an off day? There was a point in Saturday's game that Mornhinweg was warming up on the sidelines and the radio broadcasters discussed how Murphy's throws were not as crisp as they were earlier this season.

UP NEXT: The Gators (4-5, 3-4 in SEC) travel to South Carolina to face Spurrier's Gamecocks. Florida needs two wins in its final three games to become bowl eligible, and with South Carolina, Georgia Southern and No. 2-ranked Florida State still on the schedule, Florida will need an upset over the Gamecocks to likely become bowl eligible in 2013.

 

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