Quarterly Report

What follows is a quarter-by-quarter recap of Florida's 30-6 defeat of Tennessee Saturday at Neyland Stadium:

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UT 0 Quarter 1 15:00 0 UF

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Bad omen: Florida's Brandon James returned the opening kickoff 52 yards to the Tennessee 44-yard line. Eight plays later Tim Tebow hit Aaron Hernandez with a two-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 Gator lead. Montario Hardesty fumbled at the 23-yard line on UT's third offensive play, setting up a 39-yard Jonathan Phillips field goal that padded the lead to 10-0. James returned a punt 78 yards moments later, giving the Gators a 17-0 lead.
KEY PLAY

Facing second-and-one on Tennessee's second possession, Arian Foster was stopped for a one-yard loss. The Vols punted two plays later and James took it to the house for a 17-0 lead.

KEY PLAYER

James. Who else? He returned the opening kickoff 52 yards to set up a TD and scored the other on a 78-yard punt return. Jonathan Crompton (7 of 8 passing, 54 yards) got off to a strong start for the Vols.

KEY STAT

UT outgained Florida 94 yards to 40 in the quarter, yet trailed 17-0.



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UT 0 Quarter 1 00:00 17 UF

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Tennessee marched to a second-and-goal at the Gator 1-yard line but fullback Kevin Cooper's left elbow collided with Crompton's hand, causing a fumble that Florida recovered at its 3-yard line. The Gators drove to a 40-yard field goal by Phillips that padded the lead to 20-0. Tennessee again drove to a second-and-goal at the Gator 1 just before halftime but a no-gain run, an incomplete pass and a Janoris Jenkins interception killed the threat.
KEY PLAY

The Crompton/Cooper collision. A touchdown there cuts the lead to 17-7. Instead, Florida recovers a fumble and marches to a field goal that expands the lead to 20-0 ... a 10-point swing.

KEY PLAYER

Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes was all over the field, recording 8 first-half tackles.

KEY STAT

Tennessee drove to the Florida 1-yard line twice in the quarter but came away with zero points.



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UT 0 Quarter 2 00:00 20 UF

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A 14-yard return by Brandon James set up a 47-yard Florida drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Tebow to Percy Harvin, widening the gap to 27-0.
KEY PLAY

On third-and-five at the UT 15-yard line, Tebow unloaded just as he was hit. His pass found Harvin in the left corner of the end zone, padding the score to 27-0.

KEY PLAYER

Florida punter Chas Henry. His 57-yard boomer from his own 10-yard line, coupled with a 10-yard block-in-the-back penalty, flipped the field and made UT start a drive from its own 26-yard line.

KEY STAT

Florida had two touchdowns and a field goal to show for three trips into the Red Zone through three periods.



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UT 0 Quarter 3 00:00 27 UF

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Continuing a drive begun late in the third quarter, Tennessee capped an 11-play, 63-yard TD march with a Crompton sneak. His two-point conversion pass was tipped, leaving the score 27-6 with 14:18 to go. Phillips added a 27-yard field goal midway through the quarter to conclude the scoring.
KEY PLAY

A 15-yard interference call against UT's DeAngelo Willingham was the biggest gain on Florida's drive to the field goal that put the game completely out of reach

KEY PLAYER

Crompton. He completed 4 of 5 passes for 36 yards and had a 12-yard scramble on UT's scoring drive as the Vols averted a shutout.

KEY STAT

Tennessee was 1 for 3 on Red Zone opportunities. Florida was 4 for 5.



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UT 6 Quarter 4 00:00 30 UF

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Game #: 1146
Site: Knoxville
Date: Sep. 20
Conference: SECE
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Gators - Meyer


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