Two players ejected after near brawl in Florida, Vanderbilt game

Rex Christensen
October 14, 2018

The issue started when Florida's James Houston IV was called for targeting on a Gators punt return when he used a crackback block on Dare Odeyingbo, who was fairly removed from the action.

Officials ejected two Florida players after a Vanderbilt defender's helmet was knocked off on a punt return and both coaches yelled at each other as their teams spilled onto the field in a near-brawl.

The situation escalated quickly, as Gators defensive coordinator Todd Grantham began jawing with Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason, which led to Florida coach Dan Mullen getting involved. Mason turned to walk away and grabbed Dayo Odeyingbo, who was coming out to check on his older brother.

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Houston absolutely deserved to be hit with the targeting call, and Commodores players were very upset over the hit that led to it. Florida picked up another personal foul penalty before the two ejections in the second quarter, an unsportsmanlike conduct flag leading to a Commodores touchdown. A pair of Florida staffers escorted an emotional Joseph to the locker room.

No. 16 Florida is one week removed from an upset victory over Florida and one week away from a showdown with No. 2 Georgia, making Saturday's trip to Nashville to play Vanderbilt a ideal trap game.

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