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Special teams changes game for Gators

Debose and Patton celebrate the fake punt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the offense and defense not clicking on all cylinders, the Gators found a secret weapon to secure a win over Vanderbilt. It came from the special teams in multiple ways. Kickoffs flipped field position, a blocked field goal saved points and a fake punt, after being stored away for weeks, was unleashed. The unit changed the game in Florida's 31-17 win over the Commodores.

The impact started on the opening drive of the second half. Vanderbilt marched down the field on the Florida defense, but a false start penalty and third-down sack by Josh Evans set up a field goal from the 27-yard line. The kick would have cut the Florida lead to one point. Instead, defensive lineman Earl Okine broke through the line, stuck his hand up, and knocked it out of the sky. Vanderbilt...

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