In Nashville, offensive tackle Rob Monaco recovered a fumble for a touchdown and quarterback Whit Taylor passed for 297 yards as the host Commodores upset No. 14 Florida in a Southeastern Conference game.
The Commodores broke a 21-21 tie with a 30-yard field goal by Ricky Anderson in the third quarter. They scored the game-winner when Monaco fell on a fumble in the end zone by teammate Phil Roach, who was hit near the goal line after catching a 20-yard pass from Taylor.
Vanderbilt (3-2, 1-1) won only its second in 40 conference games in getting off to their best start since 1975; after the game, the Commodores celebrated with a victory lap around Vanderbilt Stadium. Florida, which lost its second straight loss after three victories, is 1-2 in the SEC.
"This was a great win for our younger guys," Taylor said. "They weren't here when things were bad, so this has to be a great ego boost for them."
After Monaco's fumble recovery, the Gators came back on a seven-yard scoring pass from Wayne Peace to Dwayne Dixon with 5:02 left and the ensuing pass for the two-point conversion to Mike Mularkey.
Florida twice appeared headed toward a game-winning field goal in the final minutes, once losing the ball on downs and then driving to the Vanderbilt 39 before the clock expired.