Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Vandy Teaches Dandy Lesson

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Vandy Teaches Dandy Lesson

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt strong safety Eric Vance scowled

toward the Florida sideline and repeatedly challenged UF coach

Steve Spurrier to call a pass play.

"Throw it now!" Vance yelled, gesturing wildly. "Come on! Throw

it now!"

Instead, Spurrier instructed quarterback Danny Wuerffel to take

a knee as the clock ticked toward triple zeroes, and the No.

1-for-now Gators survived what was shockingly close to being the

biggest sporting upset since Jacksonville got the Jaguars.

Maybe seeing their season flash before their eyes will be a

lesson in perspective and focus to Spurrier and his wounded

team. This was supposed to be a happy little trip to Nashville,

where the Gators would rout Vandy, claim a fifth consecutive

SEC Eastern Division title and head home amid much trumpeting

and fanfare.

"Everybody was way too relaxed for this game," Gators offensive

guard Donnie Young admitted.

And who could blame them for being full of themselves? This

whole week and this whole trip had all the trappings and

trimmings of a massive Gator letdown.

A hotel-scheduling snafu forced UF into staying at the plush

Opryland Hotel -- an expansive resort that is the largest

tourist attraction in all of Music City. This place is so

Nashville that a recording of country-singing legend Porter

Wagner greets all guests who request a morning wake-up call.

And, so, wide-eyed Gators players walked around this hustling,

bustling wonderland, posing for pictures with fans and probably

feeling as if they were on a bowl-trip vacation. . . . Hey,

coach, when are we going to Dollywood?

Memo to UF's travel agent: Next time, try the Cozy Inn in

nearby Murfreesboro.

Then, of course, there were Spurrier's controversial comments

concerning Vandy's fans. …

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