Quarterly Report

What follows is a quarter-by-quarter recap of Florida's 23-13 defeat of Tennessee Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium:

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The Tennessee Vols got off to another poor start Saturday when Florida's Brandon James returned the opening kickoff 51 yards and got 15 more tacked on when Art Evans tackled him by the facemask. The Gators advanced only from the Vol 30-yard line to the 20, however, and settled for a 37-yard Caleb Sturgis field goal and a 3-0 lead. Tennessee marched from its 27-yard line to the Gator 7 on its ensuing possession, then Daniel Lincoln tied the score with a 24-yard field goal.
KEY PLAY

On fourth and 3 at the Vol 23-yard line, Tim Tebow kept for a four-yard gain. A stop there obviously would've been a huge momentum-shifter for the Vols and kept Florida from scoring.

KEY PLAYER

Tennessee's Montario Hardesty carried seven times for 52 yards on the Vol scoring drive.

KEY STAT

Tennessee tried 13 running plays, just one pass play in the quarter.



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UT 3 Quarter 1 00:00 3 UF

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Tebow carried four consecutive times (gaining the last 16 yards) to cap an 11-play, 72-yard touchdown drive that put the Gators on top 10-3. Eric Berry jumped a quick hitch on Florida's next possession, however, and intercepted at the Gator 20-yard line. Tennessee advanced to a second-and-goal at the 3-yard line but threw two incompletions, then settled for a 20-yard Lincoln field goal that narrowed the gap to 10-6. Florida drove to the Vol 12-yard line and Sturgis kicked a 29-yard field goal 51 seconds shy of halftime for a 13-6 lead.
KEY PLAY

Berry's interception. It enabled Tennessee to quiet the Gator crowd and shift the momentum.

KEY PLAYER

Berry. In addition to his interception, he seemed to be in on every tackle.

KEY STAT

After throwing just once in the first quarter, Jonathan Crompton completed 4 of 6 passes for 46 yards in the second quarter.



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UT 6 Quarter 2 00:00 13 UF

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Florida cornerback Joe Haden intercepted an underthrown Crompton pass intended for Gerald Jones at the Florida 35-yard line. The Gators drove to the Vol 18-yard line, at which point Sturgis booted a 35-yard field goal for a 16-6 lead. Florida went 69 yards in 13 plays for a TD on its next possession, Jeff Demps scoring untouched on a seven-yard run that widened the gap to 23-6.
KEY PLAY

On third-and-four at the Gator 37-yard line, Tebow broke three tackles and reversed his field twice on a five-yard scramble that picked up a crucial first down to extend Florida's TD drive.

KEY PLAYER

Tebow. He sustained Florida's TD drive by gaining five yards on a third-and-four at the UF 37, hitting Riley Cooper for nine yards on a third-and-four at the Vol 40 and rushing for five yards on a third-and-three at the Vol 12.

KEY STAT

Tennessee ran seven plays all quarter, picking nine yards and zero first downs.



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UT 6 Quarter 3 00:00 23 UF

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With Florida apparently driving for a touchdown that would pad the lead to 30-6, Tebow fumbled at the Vol 5-yard line. The ball bounded into the arms of Vol safety Dennis Rogan, who returned the miscue 34 yards to the UT 37-yard line. Tennessee promptly went 63 yards in seven plays, with Hardesty scoring from 17 yards out to whittle the deficit to 23-13 with 8:11 to play. Tennessee got the ball back with 6:01 to go but a fourth-and-six pass by Crompton was picked off by Ahmad Black at the Gator 26-yard line to seal the deal.
KEY PLAY

Tebow's fumble. If he doesn't lose the ball there Florida almost certainly goes up 30-6 and puts the game out of reach.

KEY PLAYER

UT's Bryce Brown. The freshman tailback had gains of 2 and 22 yards on swing passes, plus rushes of 13 and 3 yards on Tennessee's touchdown drive.

KEY STAT

The weary Vols gained 89 yards, their best offensive quarter of the game.



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UT 13 Quarter 4 00:00 23 UF

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Game #: 1158
Site: Gainesville
Date: Sep. 19
Conference: SECE
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Kiffin and for the Gators - Meyer


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