KEY PLAYER: DeShawn Wynn carried five consecutive times on Florida's scoring drive. He gained just 16 yards but produced a first down that got the Gators in field goal range.
KEY STAT: Florida led 3-0 at the end of the period, despite having just 17 yards of total offense (17 rushing, 0 passing).
RECAP: Clausen was hit as he threw on the first play of the quarter, and the flutterball was intercepted by Florida safety Guss Scott and returned to the Gator 34-yard line. Tennessee got the ball back at its 25-yard line and moved to midfield on a 24-yard end-around by Mark Jones. Cedric Houston fumbled on the very next play, however, and Florida recovered. Jones made his second big play of the quarter by intercepting Gator QB Ingle Martin on Florida's ensuing possession but the Vols could muster no offense. Florida also hit a lull offensively and punted to Tennessee with 16 seconds left to halftime. A screen pass to Houston gained 13 yards, then Clausen spiked the ball to stop the clock with 4 seconds left. A Hail Mary pass wound up in the hands of James Banks, giving the Vols a dramatic TD (and a 7-3 lead) on the final play of the half.
KEY PLAY: The Hail Mary pass to Banks not only gave the Vols their first lead of the game; it also gave them the momentum, something they maintained for the rest of the afternoon.
KEY PLAYER: Mark Jones. All he did was ramble 24 yards on an end-around, intercept a pass and tip the ball to Banks on the Hail Mary pass. Pretty good quarter, wouldn't you say?
KEY STAT: Tennessee lost two turnovers -- both in Florida territory -- that kept the Vols off the scoreboard until the final seconds of the half. Clausen threw his interception from the Gator 44-yard line and Houston fumbled at the Gator 49 moments later.
RECAP: Tennessee scored on its second consecutive possession, marching from its 48-yard line to the Florida 34, from which point James Wilhoit hammered home a 51-yard field goal that widened UT's lead to 10-3. With Houston nursing injured ribs, Jabari Davis took over the tailback duties for Tennessee and scored on a one-yard dive as the lead swelled to 17-3. The Vols appeared ready to seal the victory when they got Florida in a third-and-17 situation at the Gator 28-yard line but Martin hit Kelvin Kight with a 22-yard pass on the last play of the quarter.
KEY PLAY: Tie. (1) UT's Phillip Fulmer opted to go for it on fourth-and-one at the Gator 43 on the Vols' first possession of the second half. Clausen got the yard on a sneak and the Vols eventually converted the drive into Wilhoit's field goal. (2) On third-and-two at Tennessee's 28-yard line, Jabari Davis was hit in the backfield but bulled three defenders far enough to pick up the first down, sustaining the drive that produced UT's touchdown. (3) Two plays after Davis' big first down run, Vol freshman Bret Smith made his first collegiate catch -- a 41-yarder that carried to the Florida 1-yard line and set up Davis' TD leap.
KEY PLAYER: James Wilhoit. He provided a tremendous lift for the Vols by nailing the 51-yard field goal. He also put both of his third-quarter kickoffs deep in the end zone for touchbacks and made a point-after conversion.
KEY STAT: After seeing its ground game stopped cold in the first half, Tennessee rushed 14 times for 61 yards in the third period. Davis was the big gun, rushing eight times for 29 yards and a crucial touchdown.
RECAP: An 18-yard pass from Ingle Martin to Andre Caldwell and a 12-yard toss to tight end Ben Troupe set up a five-yard TD run by Florida's DeShawn Wynn that trimmed Tennessee's lead to 17-10 with 14:00 remaining. The Vols showed their heart at this point, retaliating with an 11-play, 76-yard drive that featured a 17-yard completion to Jayson Swain, a 15-yarder to Chris Hannon and a 20-yard run by Jabari Davis. Davis got the TD on a 10-yard run, padding UT's lead to 24-10 with 8:38 remaining. Jason Allen intercepted a Chris Leak pass on Florida's ensuing possession. Tennessee foiled the Gators' next possession by forcing Martin to throw two incompletions on third-and-five and fourth-and-five at the Vol 17-yard line. With only 2:08 remaining, the Vols seemed likely to run out the clock but Jabari Davis fumbled a pitch and Florida recovered at the Tennessee 13-yard line. The Gators moved to the 7 but Martin threw two incompletions and UT took over on downs, sealing the victory.
KEY PLAY: Leading just 17-10 and facing a crucial third-and-eight at the Vol 41-yard line, Tennessee converted a huge first down when Clausen hit Chris Hannon with a 15-yard pass. Tennessee scored five plays later to go up 24-10.
KEY PLAYER: Jabari Davis. The J-Train ran five times for 45 yards on Tennessee's clinching touchdown drive, breaking numerous tackles on his 10-yard scoring jaunt. Of course, it was his fumble deep in Tennessee territory that gave Florida a glimmer of hope in the final two minutes.
KEY STAT: Casey Clausen now stands 11-0 as a starting quarterback when playing on the opposing team's home field. He is a modest 16-7 at home. Key Stat No. 2: The visiting team has won the last four UT-Florida games.