Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Skirmish breaks out between Florida and Vanderbilt head coaches

Skirmish breaks out between Florida and Vanderbilt head coaches

UF punter Tommy Townsend took the field on fourth-and-three in the third quarter.

Derek Mason says a Florida player said something to the Vanderbilt coach. Florida head coach Dan Mullen then had to be restrained by an official.

The Gators' offense has shown improvement in Mullen's initial season at the helm, as quarterback Feleipe Franks is guiding a more explosive passing game and taking better care of the ball.

In the end, the Gators big comeback overshadowed the near brawl in which both head coaches yelled at each other. He spent much of the first half unhappy with the officiating decisions.

The redshirt sophomore had his pass tipped at the line and intercepted by Vanderbilt cornerback Joejuan Williams. Vanderbilt does have a dynamic passing attack led by Kyle Shurmur (1,400 yards, nine touchdowns, four interceptions) and Kalija Lipscomb, who has registered six touchdowns while topping the SEC in receptions (45) and receiving yards (496).

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The return resulted in two penalties, one for an illegal block in the back, and a personal foul for targeting, both against Florida. At that point, Mason appeared to get into a an expletive-laced verbal altercation with Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and Mullen. "You don't want to get thrown out the game, but nobody's going to come over there and just do anything to your teammates".

Mullen and Mason hugged each other at midfield after the game. "The way they run downhill and power and all that kind of stuff".

No. 14 Florida survived a number of critical mistakes to score a 37-27, come-from behind win over host Vanderbilt on Saturday at Nashville, Tenn. I didn't think he would have to do it against Vanderbilt, but I'll take it, nevertheless.

"It's just us locking in and focusing", Scarlett said. Don't try to cowboy and do your own thing.

Next thing we know we'll see an RKO on the field.

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