Florida stunned Tennessee with a 63-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass from Feleipe Franks to Ty Cleveland on the game’s final play for a 26-20 victory.
The game between the two SEC East rivals was ugly at times, but a nail-biter to the end after the Vols tied the game with a field goal with 50 seconds left in the game.
It’s over: Franks to Cleveland, 63 yards, game’s final play. Florida 26, Tennessee 20.
0:50 left in the game: Aaron Medley hits a 27-yard field goal and it’s 20-20 with 50 seconds left in regulation.
• Quinten Dormady connects with Ethan Wolf for a 28-yard touchdown pass. Florida 20 Tennessee 17 4:43 remains.
• Florida scores on a 5-yard pass from Felipe Franks to Brandon Powell. Florida 20 Tennessee 10 5:13 left in the game.
• John Kelly scores on a 34-yard touchdown run. Florida 13 Tennessee 10 8:36 left in the game.
• Quinten Dormady overthrows Marquez Callaway and Florida intercepts the ball and returns the ball for a touchdown. Florida leads 13-3.
Third Quarter, Florida 6, Tennessee 3
• Brent Cimaglia misses a 51-yard field goal which would have tied the game at 6. Flordia takes over with 3:13 left in the 3rd quarter.
• Quinten Dormady throws an interception inside the 5-yard line on 3rd down. Florida takes over on the 1-yard line up 6-3 with 7:21 remaining in the third quarter.
• Safety Nigel Warrior forces a fumble and the ball is recovered by defensive end Darrell Taylor on Florida’s 49-yard line.
Tennessee will receive the ball to begin the third quarter.
• Tennessee has lost six straight to Florida here at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, dating back to a 2003 victory led by QB Casey Clausen.
• Tennessee has 27 players on the team (of the 70 who traveled) making their first appearance at The Swamp. Being down 6-3 at the half is a win of sorts, as the young Vols can take some confidence in knowing they can compete in a hostile environment with the two-time defending SEC East Division champs.
• The team that has trailed at halftime in the most recent three games in the series has won each time
• Florida has out-gained Tennessee 141-134, but the Vols got the better of the second quarter, 84 yards to 56 yards.
• Running back John Kelly has 45 yards on 8 attempts. He was averaging 1-yard per rush before a 38-yard run just seconds before halftime.
Second Quarter, Florida 6, Tennessee 3
• A 38-yard run by John Kelly helps set up a 47-yard field goal attempt by Brent Cimaglia which was missed as time expired in the second quarter.
• Tennessee scores on a 51-yard field goal by freshman Brent Cimaglia to cap off a 12-play, 42-yard drive. Florida leading 6-3 with 2:58 left until halftime.
• Florida takes the ball down the field on a 7-play 32-yard drive for a 41-yard field goal. Flordia leading 6-0 with 8:11 remaining in the first half.
First Quarter, Florida 3, Tennessee 0
• Vols drives to Gators’ 34, but on third-and-10, Jack Jones gets beat by Florida DT Taven Bryan, and Bryan pressures Dormady — Dormady throws off back foot over the middle intended for Ty Chandler, intercepted by linebacker David Reese at Gators’ 34.
• Florida opens the game with 15-play, 65-yard drive, capped by 27-yard FG 3-0.
Tennessee-Florida live updates, score
Tennessee-Florida game time, information
When: Saturday, Sept. 16
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- The game Saturday marks the second straight season but only the third time since 2007 that both teams have been ranked in the Top 25 at the time of their meeting.
- Florida holds a 26-20 advantage in the all-time series, including a 13-5 edge in games played against Tennessee in Gainesville.
- The Gators have won their last 27 home-opening games and have not started a season 0-2 since 1971.
- The Vols scored 38 points against Florida in the most recent game between the teams, erasing a 21-3 halftime deficit for a 38-28 victory over the Gators.
- Vols tailback John Kelly is the only player in the SEC who leads his team in rushing (208 yards) and receptions (10) this season.
- UT has 27 players on the traveling squad of 70 who will make their first appearance at Florida.
- The Vols will be without tight end Eli Wolf, cornerback Baylen Buchanan and linebacker Austin Smith.
- Senior kick returner Evan Berry, who led the nation in kick return average in 2015 and was second at the time of his knee injury last season, will not play.
Tennessee-Florida is one of the few marquee conference games across the country that’s annually played in September. The SEC office insists on a scheduling model from 1993 that has allowed the Big Ten to outmaneuver the SEC in the national polls, saving its divisional showdown games for late in the season. So the Vols and Gators will battle it out with the loser falling out of the Top 25, and the winner remaining in control of their divisional destiny.
Mike Griffith’s pick: Florida 24, Tennessee 17
“Teams appear evenly matched in terms of talent and working in new quarterbacks, so Gators are the pick based on intangibles such as home field and having fresher legs.”
Blake Morgan’s pick: Tennessee 21, Florida 10
“Tennessee has struggled to find consistency on the offensive end this season, but it will find its footing quicker than Florida in a sloppy game in Gainesville.”
Dustin Dopirak’s pick: Tennessee 17, Florida 10
“Every year since 2014 when I started covering the beat, I thought Tennessee had the more talented team in this matchup. I think so again this year. But I’ve been proven wrong before.”
Josh Ward’s pick: Florida 17, Tennessee 16
“This game will likely come down to which team protects the football and makes the fewest mistakes. The Gators have the edge in that battle, thanks to the home crowd.”