The Florida offense might have struggled for the first seven quarters of this season, but the Gators woke up in a big way, downing Tennessee on a 63-yard touchdown heave from Feleipe Franks to Tyrie Cleveland as time expired to win 26-20 over SEC East rival and 23rd-ranked Tennessee.
No. 24 Florida (1-1) gets its first win on the year in dramatic fashion during a fourth quarter that was starkly different from the first three quarters, when offense — for both teams — was in short supply.
Franks finished with 212 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns in his second career start. The sophomore Cleveland led the Gators with 93 yards via the air, while freshman Malik Davis earned 94 yards on the ground. Freshman cornerback C.J. Henderson returned an interception 16 yards for his second pick-6 of the year.
While the offense remains a concern, the unit came up big when it mattered. And Gators fans couldn’t be more ecstatic over the victory.
Check out what Florida fans are saying about the performance and join the conversation here.
Note: Comments are taken verbatim from Florida Gators — SEC Country and only edited for spelling.
Justin Granstaff: Hopefully they will have some faith in his arm. 63 yards beauty!
John Connally: Franks has a cannon, that’s for sure.
Mark Schoonover: My blood pressure is so high! Go Gators.
Blair McGraw: Callaway who?
Brian Trimble: Heck of a game! Hats off to both teams! Especially the defenses!
Donna Cunningham: Chomp Chomp 🐊🐊🐊🐊🏈
Arion Ramos: That was incredible!! Gator still have a lot of work to do. Defense needs to learn how to tackle offense needs to open up a little bit more. But I’ll take it! Go Gators!!
Josh Wilson: I tip my Gator hat to Tennessee. Hell of a football game. I hope that last play will breathe some life and confidence into our offense. Hell of a job from our defense! It’s great to be a Florida Gator!
Dutch Rotschka: Way to go, but bad coaching at the end of game you could of had 2 more plays if needed take them if you can get them.
Gloria Andrews Mayne: Unbelievable. Two awesome SEC teams! What a great game…Love my BABY GATORS!
Christine Anderson: Last 9 seconds of the game was the best 9 seconds EVER!
Chad Hill: I loved it, but still critical of Nussmeier! We need to continue to open the offense up!
Nancy Whitmire Johnson: I am still scratching my head, but Whoop Whoop WE won!!!!!!!
John Hanson: We still need an offensive coordinator.
Kim Corwin: Franks’ PASS resembled a famous pass by Doug Flutie!! ❤️🎉🏈🐊
It’s great to be a Florida Gator!!🎉🐊🏈