Florida played the same tune with the same result in the fourth quarter. This time Leak hit a wide-open Dallas Baker with another 21-yard TD pass, enabling the Gators to turn a 20-14 deficit into a 21-20 victory.
On each touchdown pass the targeted receiver was lined up on the left side of the field at the start of the play. Each time he would advance a few yards downfield, then run directly across the middle. In man-to-man coverage, this forces the defensive back to move through a lot of traffic to keep pace.
That's precisely what happened Saturday night … twice.
With Johnson out for the year due to a shoulder injury he suffered in Game 2 vs. Air Force, senior Antwan Stewart moved from strong safety to corner, a position he last played in 2003. Sophomore Demetrice Morley wound up starting at strong safety and converted tailback Ricardo Kemp became UT's nickel back.
Given all of the shuffling in Tennessee's defensive backfield, a few assignment busts were inevitable. Florida turned two of them into touchdowns.
"On that last drive we clearly should've been out of it (without surrendering a touchdown)," Fulmer said. "But we had a young man in there that's not used to playing that position because of the injury to Inky, and we ended up giving up a really long play."