Gators Come to Nashville

Vanderbilt plays third game of the season against a ranked opponent

#6/5 Florida Gators (5-1)
Vanderbilt Commodores (0-6)
In-Game Notes

Nov. 21, 2020 • 11 a.m. CT
Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, Tenn.

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• Vanderbilt returns to campus Saturday to host No. 6/5 Florida. The Commodores and Gators will kick off at 11 a.m. CT in Vanderbilt Stadium for Vandy’s first home game since Oct. 31 versus Ole Miss.

• Vanderbilt Athletics will honor service members as part of Salute to Service activities throughout the week. On Sunday, each member of the Vanderbilt team was paired with a Fort Campbell soldier to learn more about his or her life and service. Col. Bryan Babich, the commander of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division Artillery at Fort Campbell, addressed the team last week.

• In connection to Salute to Service, the Commodores’ helmets Saturday will have a sticker featuring the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. Additional fan cutouts inside Vanderbilt Stadium this week will be of Wounded Warrior Project members.

• The Commodores are looking for their 11th victory against Florida. The Gators have won the last six meetings since Vanderbilt captured a 34-17 win in Gainesville in 2013.

• The Gators are Vanderbilt’s third ranked opponent this season, joining No. 10/11 Texas A&M (Sept. 26) and No. 20/17 LSU (Oct. 3).

• The Commodores’ scoring defense against ranked teams has greatly improved from 2019 to 2020. This year’s group has surrendered 58 points, an average of 29 points/game. A season ago, Vanderbilt gave up an average of 50.7 points/game to ranked opponents.

• Vanderbilt’s defense held Mississippi State to minus-22 rushing yards, a program record and tied for the 20th fewest allowed in a contest in Southeastern Conference history.

• Senior defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo has 28 career tackles for loss, just 0.5 away from the top eight in Vanderbilt history. Odeyingbo paces the Commodores with 5.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

• Fifth-year senior linebacker Andre Mintze was announced as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, which focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Mintze is also a candidate for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented annually to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with leadership achievement on and off the field.

• Vandy’s offense has found its footing in its last three games, averaging 435.3 yards of total offense. In the first three contests, the unit averaged 256.7 offensive yards/game.

• The Commodores were 4-for-4 in the red zone at Kentucky after going 3-of-4 the previous two weeks combined.

• Senior wide receiver Chris Pierce Jr. has caught a touchdown pass in three consecutive games, becoming the first Commodore to accomplish the feat since Kalija Lipscomb against Tennessee (Nov. 25, 2017), Middle Tennessee (Sept. 1, 2018) and Nevada (Sept. 8, 2018). Pierce Jr. had two career touchdown catches entering the stretch.

• Freshman Mike Wright threw a two-yard touchdown pass and scored on a two-yard run at Kentucky. He is the first Vanderbilt quarterback to run and throw for a touchdown in the same game since Kyle Shurmur against Kentucky on Nov. 11, 2017. Wright’s two-yard run in the third quarter was the first ground touchdown by a Commodore quarterback since Shurmur in the 2017 Kentucky tilt.

Ken Seals, who ranks second among SEC freshmen and ninth overall in total offense/game with 211.3, became just the league’s third true freshman quarterback to start a season opener — and the first to do so in a true road game — when he took the field at Texas A&M on Sept. 26.

• Seals threw for a career-high 336 yards at Mississippi State, a Vanderbilt freshman record. He is the lone Vandy freshman quarterback with two 300-yard passing games in a season. He is also the first Commodore quarterback to register back-to-back 300-yard passing games (319 vs. Ole Miss; 336 at Mississippi State) since Kyle Shurmur against Kentucky (Nov. 11) and Missouri (Nov. 18) in 2017.