Quarterly Report

This report takes you quarter by quarter though the Vols' contest vs the Florida Gators at Gainesville. It contains a recap, key plays, players, scoring and stats - along with great photos for each segment of the game.

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After Tennessee stalled on its first two possessions, Florida drove 80 yards in eight plays on its second possession to take a 7-0 lead. The big plays were the last two -- a 17-yard pass from Chris Leak to DeShawn Wynn and an 18-yard end-around TD run by Andre Caldwell.
KEY PLAY

On third-and-eight at the Florida 22-yard line, Leak hit Jamal Cornelius for 14 yards to sustain the drive that wound up producing the game's first touchdown.

KEY PLAYER

Leak. The Gator QB completed 6 of 7 pass attempts for 74 yards in the quarter.

KEY STAT

In the quarter Tennessee rushed for just 20 yards and completed just 2 of 5 passes for another 8 yards. The Vols managed just 28 yards of total offense.



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UT 0 Quarter 1 00:00 7 UF
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Tennessee went 83 yards in 12 plays to tie the score at 7. Erik Ainge, who relieved starting QB Rick Clausen after UT's first two series, hit Bret Smith with an eight-yard pass for the tying TD.

Ainge moved Tennessee to the Florida 9-yard line on its next possession but false start and delay penalties forced the Vols to settle for a 36-yard James Wilhoit field goal attempt, which was blocked by Dee Webb.

KEY PLAY

On third-and-six at the Florida 39-yard line, Ainge hit Arian Foster with a screen pass that gained eight yards and sustained the drive. The Vols scored four plays later.

KEY PLAYER

Ainge. The sophomore quarterback provided a spark, completing 6 of 8 passes in the quarter for 65 yards and a touchdown.

KEY STAT

Tennessee's defense limited Florida to 20 yards total offense in the quarter, including minus-5 rushing yards.



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UT 7 Quarter 2 00:00 7 UF
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Three kicking game miscues cost UT six points. The first, a muffed punt by Jonathan Hefney, set up a 39-yard Chris Hetland field goal that gave Florida a 10-7 lead.

Moments later, punter Britton Colquitt saw the Vol "gunner" (outside receiver) uncovered on fourth-and-10 at the Vol 31-yard line and tried to hit him with a pass. Florida's safety reacted quickly and broke up the pass. The Gators turned the miscue into a 35-yard Hetland field goal that widened the gap to 13-7.

Colquitt subsequently shanked an eight-yard punt that gave Florida good field position as the quarter ended.

KEY PLAY

On Florida's first play of the second half, Leak threw a pass over the middle that was dropped by Vol linebacker Kevin Simon at the Gator 26-yard line. An interception there would have given UT a huge lift and might have changed the whole complexion of the game.

KEY PLAYER

Hetland. His two field goals were the only real offense in the quarter.

KEY STAT

Incredibly, each team ran 14 plays and gained 46 yards in the quarter. Florida exploited blunders in the Vol kicking game to outscore UT 6-0, however.



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UT 7 Quarter 3 00:00 13 UF
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Florida kept the ball on an eight-minute drive (the last minute of Period 3 and the first seven of Period 4) that resulted in a 20-yard Hetland field goal, boosting the lead to 16-7 and leaving UT just 8:02 to try and rally. With UT receivers blanketed by Gator defensive backs, the Vol offense simply was not up to the task.
KEY PLAY

Two huge third-down conversions fueled Florida's game-clinching field goal drive. On third-and-18 at the Florida 35, Leak hit Dallas Baker for 22 yards. Moments later, on third-and-11 at the Vol 44, Leak hit Jamal Cornelius for 24 yards.

KEY PLAYER

Leak. The Gator QB's big completoins to Baker and Cornelius enabled him to finish the game 8 of 9 on third-down passes.

KEY STAT

Tennessee gained just 70 yards in the last two quarters. And, for the second game in a row, the Vols failed to score in the second half.



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UT 7 Quarter 4 00:00 16 UF
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Game #: 1107
Site: Gainesville
Date: Sep. 17
Conference: SECE
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Gators - Meyer


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