Quarterly Report- VOLS WIN IT 30-28!!!

What follows is a quarter by quarter recap, key player, key stat and key play for Tennessee's win over Florida.


RECAP: Tennessee picked up a first down on its initial possession but Derrick Tinsley fumbled on an end-around and Florida recovered at the Vol 34-yard line. Chris Leak hit O.J. Small for 11 yards and later found him with a five-yard touchdown pass to complete a six-play, 34-yard march that produced a 7-0 lead. Tennessee turned to Cedric Houston on its second possession and the senior tailback responded in a big way. Houston picked up gains of 11, 4, 14 and 5 yards. A five-yard bootleg by Schaeffer on third-and-three at the Gator 44-yard kept the drive alive, the Gerald Riggs ran for gains of 3, 11 and 12 yards. Schaeffer kept for 11 to the 2-yard line. Two dives by Jabari Davis got the Vols into the end zone, tying the score at 7-all.

KEY PLAY: On first-and-10 at the Florida 13-yard line, Schaeffer fooled the Gators with a nifty fake handoff to Riggs going wide, then tucked the ball and bolted up the middle for 11 yards to the 2-yard line. Tennessee scored the tying TD two plays later.

KEY PLAYER: Cedric Houston. He carried seven times for 55 yards, an average of 7.9 yards per attempt.

KEY STAT: With UT's offensive line opening gaping holes in the Florida defense, Tennessee ran 20 times for 125 yards, and average of 6.2 yards per carry.


RECAP: For the second week in a row, backup QB Erik Ainge directed a touchdown march on his first possession of the game. After hitting Chris Hannon for a 13-yard gain, Ainge handed to Houston for gains of 13, 7 and 15 yards. A facemask penalty on Florida moved the ball to the 28, then Corey Larkins gained 10. One play later, Ainge rolled to his left and threaded the needle on a 16-yard TD strike to tight end Justin Reed, a native of Punta Gorda, Florida. James Wilhoit's PAT gave Tennessee a 14-7 lead just 44 seconds into the second period. Florida's Andre Caldwell stepped out of bounds at his own 3-yard line after fielding the ensuing kickoff but Florida drove 97 yards in 16 plays to tie the score at 14. The big plays were a 21-yard pass from Leak to Fason, 11-yard tosses to Dallas aker and Caldwell, a 13-yard run by DeShawn Wynn, a 13-yard throw to Baker and a nine-yard TD pass to Jamal Cornelius. Ainge overthrew his intended receiver on UT's next series and Terrence Holmes returned the interception 20 yards to the Vol 30-yard line. Leak hit a wide-open Caldwell for 29 yards and Wynn scored from the 1 on the very next play, giving Florida a 21-14 lead.

KEY PLAY: Tennessee, fresh from scoring the go-ahead TD, had Florida facing third-and-10 at its 3-yard line. One more stop and UT would've gotten the ball back on Florida's side of midfield. Alas, Leak lobbed a screen pass to Fason, who scooted 21 yards to get the Gators out of a huge hole. That play ignited the 97-yard TD drive that tied the score at 14-14.

KEY PLAYER: Leak. The Florida quarterback picked Tennessee apart in the quarter, completing 11 of 12 passes for 118 yards. He was 7 of 8 for 72 yards on the game-tying touchdown drive.

KEY STAT: Florida kept the ball for 10 minutes and 20 seconds of the quarter, Tennessee just 4 minutes and 40 seconds.


RECAP: An 18-yard pass from Schaeffer to Hannon and a 22-yard scramble by Schaeffer helped Tennessee drive to the Florida 17-yard line on its first possession of the second half. Schaeffer fumbled when sacked by Earl Everett, however, and Florida's Ray McDonald recovered at the Gator 23. A 32-yard run by Fason and an 18-yard pass from Leak to Small helped move the ball to a first-and-goal at the Vol 1-yard line. Leak slipped down for a loss of three yards on first down, however, and two incompletions later Matt Leach missed a 21-yard field goal try.

KEY PLAY: Leak's trip-up. It probably cost the Gators seven points.

KEY PLAYER: Everett. His big hit on Schaeffer cost the Vols at least a field goal and quite possibly the tying touchdown.

KEY STAT: After being shredded by Leak for two quarters (he was 16 of 20 for 153 yards), Tennessee limited Leak to 2 completions in 6 attempts for 23 yards in the third period.


RECAP: Ainge guided Tennessee to the tying touchdown. Short completions to David Holbert, Tony Brown, Derrick Tinsley and Chris Hannon got the Vols to midfield as the third quarter ended. Ainge hit Bret Smith for 11 yards, then came back two plays later with a 23-yard laser beam to Smith for the tying TD. Tennessee backed up Florida when a 50-yard Dustin Colquitt punt was fumbled by Vernel Brown and recovered by Brown at the Gator 6-yard line. Leak eventually hit Chad Jackson with an 81-yard touchdown pass, however, to give Florida a 28-21 lead with 7:43 to play. Ainge drove UT from its 20-yard line to a fourth-and-six at the Florida 47-yard line, then hit Tony Brown for 32 yards to the Gator 15-yard line. Two plays later he hit Jayson Swain with a 13-yard TD pass on a crossing route. Wilhoit missed the PAT with 3:25 left, however, and the score stood: Florida 28, Tennessee 27. The Vols got the ball back at their 39-yard line with 43 seconds left. Ainge hit Chris Hannon for 21 yards and later hit him for 7 to the Florida 33-yard line. Wilhoit then went from goat to hero by nailing a 50-yard field goal with 6 seconds left to win the game 30-28.

KEY PLAY: Wilhoit's field goal. It was even more dramatic than it was long.

KEY PLAYER: Ainge. He directed two fourth-quarter TD drives and the drive to the game-winning field goal. He completed 7 of 8 for 62 yards on the first TD march and 3 of 6 for 60 on the second. Then he directed the drive that got UT in field goal position by hitting 2 of 3 for 28 yards.

KEY STAT: James Wilhoit, moments after missing a 20-yard PAT that apparently lost the game, nailed a 50-yard field goal to win the game.

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