The Florida Gators fail to back up their words in 38-28 loss to Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- The Florida Gators talked plenty before their game against Tennessee, however, on Saturday UF's actions did not back it up. takes a quick look into the 38-28 loss.

Florida blew a 21 point lead and allowed Tennessee to score 38 unanswered points to fall to the Vols 38-28. It was a game of two halves at Neyland Stadium. In the first half, the Gators dominated the Vols, amassing 300 yards offensively and only yielding three points and 162 yards to home side. The defense also seemed to have the answer for Tennessee quarterback, Joshua Dobbs, who only had 84 yards passing, going 7 for 20 and one interception. However, the second half was one half of football the Gators would love to forget. Florida failed to move the ball offensively. The Gators went three and out five straight times after halftime, only gaining 8 yards offensively in third quarter. UF only earned its first, first down with 7:30 left to play. Defensively, Florida left plenty of tackles on the field and allowed the Vols to flip the field with big explosive plays.  

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GAME BALL: Vols quarterback Joshua Dobbs receives the game ball after his second half performance helped the Vols come back from behind to attain the win. 

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THEY SAID IT: "“I hope they take a big lesson," said Florida head coach Jim McElwain about the trash talking before the game. "In life being humble there’s a lot of good things in that. As I said, back it up. They didn’t back it up, did they? There might be lesson.”

"I think what it does is really test who you are as a person, really test who you are as a man," added McElwain. "In loss, in failure, some of the greatest lessons you can ever learn about who you are and what you're all about are taught. And look, this was a good football team we played and they beat us today. So that's the way it is you can't change it. So how do you not make it two? You go back to work and you take care of the now. There's really no secret formula, but when you go ahead and start feeling sorry for yourself ... someday when you have kids, man, you'll know what I'm talking about."

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THEY SAID IT:"We’re going to find out what we’re made of," said Florida quarterback Austin Appleby. "We came up a little bit short but this is still a special group. We’re going to come together, we’re going to get closer. There’s never been a Florida team that’s won a National Championship without the one loss. We have a lot of confidence in our group, you won’t see us go into a hole. If anything we’re going to turn it up a little more. We’re going to work as hard as we can possibly work and we’ll be back."

"I think the main lesson here is when we get up by a lot, just keep pushing, keep going, keep doing the things we were doing to get up like that and not get content," said defensive back Quincy Wilson. "I mean we're definitely humbled. We've just got to come out next week and make the corrections on film and come out and win next week."

BY THE NUMBERS: 8- Florida had 8 yards of offense in the third quarter. 5- the Florida offense went three and out five straight times to start the second half. 300- first half offense 102- the number of yards the Gators amassed in the second half. 2- the Gators defense forced two turnovers 1-the Vols forced one turnover. 6-Florida was 6-of-16 on third down conversions. 

WHATS NEXT: The Gators will return to the state of Tennessee next weekend, when they head to Nashville to face Vanderbilt. The game Florida and Vandy are scheduled to kick


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