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Gators swamped at home by Vandy for first time in almost 70 years

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Murphy's four turnovers led to three touchdowns, helping Vanderbilt embarrass Florida 34-17 Saturday for the program's first win in Gainesville since 1945.

The Commodores snapped a 22-game losing streak in the lopsided series and moved a step closer to becoming bowl eligible for the third consecutive season under coach James Franklin.

It was another signature win for Vanderbilt, which knocked off Southeastern Conference powerhouses Georgia and Florida in the same season for the first time in school history.

Murphy was Vandy's MVP in this one, a loss that probably will leave the Gators (4-5, 3-4 SEC) out of a bowl game for the first time since 1990.

The Commodores (5-4, 2-4) scored after each of Murphy's three interceptions, taking advantage of short fields to build a 24-3 lead. Vanderbilt finished with 12 first downs and 187 yards. Florida had 26 first downs and 353 yards.

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