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Top 25: No. 4 Florida 31, Vanderbilt 17

Published October 13, 2012 8:11 pm

Top 25 footbll • Driskel breaks Tebow's rushing record in win.
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Nashville, Tenn. • The fourth-ranked Florida Gators remained perfect thanks to quarterback Jeff Driskel running the ball better than even Tim Tebow.

Driskel ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns, and the Gators beat Vanderbilt 31-17 on Saturday night to remain undefeated going into their big showdown with No. 3 South Carolina.

The quarterback threw for only 77 yards and only ran 11 times. But the sophomore set the Florida record for yards rushing by a quarterback, topping Tebow's 166 yards on 27 carries against Mississippi in 2007.

The Gators (6-0, 5-0 SEC) finished their last SEC road trip outside of the state of Florida with their 22nd straight win over Vanderbilt. Florida, which rallied in the second half to beat Texas A&M, Tennessee and LSU already this season, took control early this time. The Gators scored 21 straight points, including 11 in the second quarter when they took the lead for good.

Vanderbilt (2-4, 1-3) now has lost 47 straight against teams ranked in the top five.

The Gators also had three sacks, forced a turnover, blocked a field goal and used a fake punt to put away Vanderbilt. Caleb Sturgis kicked three field goals. —