Vols vs. Gators Notable Quotables and Game Notes

Here's your post-game quotes from coaches and players on both sides of the ball as well as post-game notes.

Coach Urban Meyer

On the game …
"Our defense played outstanding tonight, Chris made some tremendous plays when he had to, and I thought our special teams did well tonight. It was a huge win for us, but we've still got a lot of work to do."

On the injuries …
"Bubba Caldwell is a soldier, he will have surgery, he did break his leg. Ray McDonald is another fallen soldier. Both of them are players, both played hard."

On the Florida offensive line …
"Our offensive line did not play well tonight. I know Tennessee's defense is supposed to be one of the best in the nation, and they were as tough a defense as I've ever seen, but our offensive line has got to get better."

On Florida's penalties …
"We didn't have any turnovers tonight, but we did have an inordinate amount of penalties. That's something I'll address further later, but we have completed three games now, and only have one turnover."

On conference play …
"This is a great way for us to open up the conference season, a great win for this team, and we should celebrate this win."

Coach Phil Fulmer



On the game
"Florida did a good job getting what they needed to get done. I was really proud of our defensive effort. I thought we played well enough to win defensively, but offensively we did not. We have a lot of work to do when we go back home. It's a tough loss but it's not the end of the season."

On the mistakes
"I don't remember this many mistakes in a single game. The noise was a little bit of a factor on the field goal. He asked for the ball but he simply wasn't ready. We didn't communicate well enough, but that's no one's fault but mine. We have some good receivers but we played a good defensive team tonight, their coverage was good and tight. We had three or four balls that were thrown that were long passes. We just have to look at that really hard and figure out why we aren't making the plays."

On the Tennessee quarterbacks
"Eric looked like he was on tonight. He went in there and made a couple of nice drives. But as he said, we weren't consistent in our passing game. So I can't say that Rick had that many opportunities. I don't think I can sit here and give you an evaluation right now. Neither one of them played very good, but the people around them didn't play very good either. It's tough."

PLAYERS:

QB CHRIS LEAK
On the win:
"It was awesome. Our guys played great. They came in and worked their butts off."

WR CHAD JACKSON
On the crowd:
"The crowd was with us all night. We moved the ball on offense, and the defense made stops when we needed them to."

S JARVIS HERRING
On winning as a senior:
"I can't really explain it. We have been waiting for such a long time, and we've been through many coaches and many ups and downs.

CB DEMETRICE WEBB
"The defense played well. We knew if we came in playing the way we have been, we would win."

LB BRANDON SILER
On the defense:
"The defense played well. We held them and stopped them when we had to. I'm proud of them."

Erik Ainge, sophomore quarterback On the game:
"We left a lot of plays on the field whether it was a bad route, bad throw or dropped pass. I thought we played pretty good, but pretty good isn't good enough against Florida."

Kevin Simon, senior linebacker
On special teams lapses:
"We are a team, and we are all on the same ship. If special teams break down, it hurts me too. I appreciate their effort but it wasn't good enough tonight."

On the game:
"Our defense played their hearts out. We just made more mistakes than Florida's defense did."

On Florida:
"Chris Leak did a great job, and we learned that he can run the ball. {DeShawn} Wynn is a good back and their receivers are excellent. Overall, they are the same team from years past. They have a lot of talent and are well coached."

GAME NOTES:

  • Head Coach Urban Meyer is the fourth coach in school history to lead his team to victory over the first ranked opponent he faced at UF. The other three coaches who accomplished this feat were Galen Hall (1984), Ray Graves (1960 and Bob Woodruff (1950).

  • Urban Meyer is only the second coach in school history to lead the Gators to a victory vs. the first top-five opponent they face. Past UF coaches are 1-7 against the first program they take on ranked inside the top five nationally. Ray Graves was the only coach to defeat his first top-five ranked opponent (10-6, W, at Alabama, 1963).

  • Tonight marked the 50 game of Urban Meyer's career as a head coach. He is now 42-8 (.840) as a head coach, the best record through 50 games of any of the current coaches in the SEC.

  • Coach Meyer is now 3-0 over ranked teams. No. 4 Tennessee is the highest ranked team Meyer has faced.

  • Florida has converted an opponent turnover into points in all three games this season, two touchdowns and a field goal, for a total of 16 points.

  • Florida has now has attempt 84 passes without an interception. That is the second-longest active streak in the country, topped only by Rutgers who had completed 90 straight without and interception with 9:31 remaining in the third quarter of its game vs. Buffalo.

  • Florida gained two more yards rushing than the Vols tonight. The team that has rushed for more yards has won in 14 of the last 16 games.

  • Florida had no turnovers tonight, while the Vols lost a fumble. In the last sixteen meetings between the two teams, the squad committing the fewest turnovers is 10-4.

  • Tonight's attendance was 90,716, a school record and the largest crowd to ever watch a football game in the state of Florida.

  • Among the former Gators on the sideline for the Tennessee game include: Teako Brown, Glenn Cameron, Jeff Chandler, Ed Chester, Ray Criswell, Judd Davis, Chris Doering, Jimmy Dubose, Tony George, Michael Gilmore, Tony Leon, Daryl Perry, Deac Story, James Speer, Danny Wuerffel, Jarvis Williams and John L. Williams.

  • The Florida Sports Information office issued 583 credentials for today's game. Included in this total were representatives from 45 newspapers, 27 television stations and 12 radio affiliates. Credentials were issued to outlets from nine state, including Utah. Tonight's game was broadcast on six networks, CBS, Sun Sports, College Sports Southeast, Westwood One Radio, Gator Radio Network and the Vol Network.

  • Florida has not trailed in the last 10 quarters.

  • Florida's 80-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter was its fourth of over 71 yards this season.

  • Florida had five plays of 10 or more yards in its first scoring drive.

  • Forty-six different players saw action for the Gators in the first quarter.

  • Florida has controlled the ball for nine or more minutes in three of the last four quarters. Florida held the ball for 10:25 in the third quarter against Louisiana Tech and for 9:29 in the fourth quarter. The Gators controlled the ball for 9:21 in the first quarter vs. Tennessee.

  • The Gator defense has not allowed an opponent to score in the first quarter all season.

  • Jarvis Herring's sack of Rick Clausen in the Vols' first possession of the game marked the third straight week a player from the secondary has sacked the opposing quarterback.

  • Andre Caldwell's 18-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was Florida's second rushing touchdown by a wide receiver this season. Chad Jackson also had one in the home opener.

  • Tennessee's touchdown in the second quarter is the first time a team has scored a touchdown on the Gators in the first half this season.

  • Florida blocked Tennessee's field goal attempt in the second quarter. The last time the Gators blocked a field goal was November 6, 2004 against Vanderbilt. Meyer's Utah squad blocked nine kicks (7 punts, two field goals) last season.

    INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

  • Leak went without throwing an interception for the third consecutive game (82 attempts). This is the first time in his career, Leak has gone three games without an interception.

  • Leak is only the second quarterback in school history to defeat a top-5 ranked opponent in Gainesville and away from home as a starter. Leak led UF to a victory over then-No. 4 ranked Georgia in Jacksonville on Nov. 1, 2003 (16-13). Danny Wuerffell is the only other UF starting quarterback to have done so. He guided UF to wins over then No. 5 Tennessee (41-34, Gainesville, 1993); then-No. 3 Alabama (24-21, Atlanta, Ga., 1994); and then-No. 2 Tennessee (35-29, Knoxville, 1996).

  • Leak finished the night 9-of-11 passing on third downs and passed for six first downs.

  • Florida quarterback Chris Leak did not throw a touchdown pass tonight. This marks the first time in 24 games as a starter he has not thrown a pass for a touchdown.

  • Tremaine McCollum recovered the first fumble of his career in the third quarter to set up Chris Hetland's field goal.

  • With his 38-yard and 35-yard field goals in the third quarter and a 20-yarder in the fourth quarter, Hetland is now 5-for-5 on field goal attempts this season.

  • Dallas Baker's 23-yard pass from Chris Leak in the first quarter was his second of more than 20 yards this season.

  • Jemalle Cornelius caught a season-long 24-yard pass from Chris Leak in the fourth quarter.

  • Mike Degory has started in 41 consecutive games, the longest active streak among players in the SEC.

  • Chris Leak's 17-yard run in the third quarter was his longest of the season.

  • Earl Everett's sack of Erik Ainge in the fourth quarter was his first of the season.

  • Andre Caldwell's 18-yard touchdown run was his first touchdown either rushing or receiving this season. His last rushing touchdown was a 61-yard reverse against Arkansas in 2004.

  • Caldwell's 18-yard reception at the end of the second quarter put him over 1,000 yards receiving for his career. He now has 1,011 career yards receiving.

  • Jarvis Herring's sack on Tennessee's first possession was his first sack since 2002, and the second of his career. th

  • Chad Jackson's reception during the Gators' initial possession of the game marked his 15 straight game with a reception. That is currently the third-longest streak in the SEC.

  • Running back DeShawn Wynn made his first career start for Florida today.

  • Demetrice Webb blocked Tennessee's field goal attempt in the second quarter. He was also the last Gator to block an opponent field goal, last season vs. Vanderbilt.

  • With four catches for 33 yards in the first half, Chad Jackson now has 19 receptions for 276 yards in the first 2.5 games.

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