1. Don't underestimate Jeff Driskel.
The sophomore quarterback from Oviedo has been one of the SEC's breakout players, but defenses still do not seem to have caught on to Driskel's explosiveness as a runner.
Driskel blew past a cornerback and a safety on his 70-yard touchdown run to ice the game.
"DBs definitely don’t expect me to run by them, so keep that a little secret," Driskel joked after his record-setting performance moved Florida to 6-0.
Driskel continues to do what his team needs to win.
With the Commodores bottlling up SEC-leading rusher Mike Gillislee, Driskel put the game on his shoulders and ran for three touchdowns runs during a 177-yard night. No quarterback in Florida history has run for more in a single game, including Tebow, who held the record wiht 166 rushing yards at Ole Miss in 1977.
A week after Florida threw for just 61 yards against LSU, coaches looked to get Driskel in the flow of the passing game. But timing issues and some drops made it clear this game would be won again on the ground.
Florida had zero passing yards in the second half, but really did not need them with Driskel making plays with his feet.
2. The Gators shrug off another slow start, but continue to live dangerously.
Florida has been outscored 27-17 in the first quarter this season, including 7-0 at Vanderbilt. If the Gators cannot start fast against the Commodores, then who?
It might not matter, given the Gators' penchant to get stronger as games go on. But Florida's offense also is not explosive enough if a team gets out too quickly and does not let up.
3. Special teams is a difference maker.
The Gators' kicking and punting game has been outstanding all season, but pretty much everyone on the special teams unit got in on the act against the Commodores.
Even much-maligned junior Andre Debose pitched in with a 60-yard kickoff return that helped Florida build a 10-point lead - 24-14 - and turn it into a two-possession game.
The biggest special teams plays came within minutes of each other during the third quarter.
With Florida leading 11-7, Vanderbilt had a chance to pull within one point, but Florida defensive end Earl Okine blocked a 44-yard field goal attempt by the Commodores’ Carey Spear to end a 16-play drive without any points.
Three plays later, the Gators lined up to punt, but called a fake to junior wide receiver Solomon Patton, who ripped off a 54-yard run around the end a 13-yard touchdown run by quarterback Driskel for an 18-7 lead.