Gators Bait Vols, 59-20

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WVLT) - On a sultry day at the Swamp, Tim Tebow was hot, and Tennessee's defense was not.

The Florida Gators manhandled Tennessee, 59-20, pulling away in the final two quarters to cement a dominant victory.

Tennessee managed only 37 yards on the ground, while Erik Ainge threw for 249 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Tebow lit up the Vols' defense for 361 total yards -- 299 of them in the air -- and four touchdowns in his first SEC start.

Be sure to watch WVLT Sports Overtime for in-depth coverage, analysis, and postgame interviews with players and coaches.

A detailed game summary follows.


Arian Foster fumbled an Erik Ainge handoff at the Vols' ten-yard-line, and Florida's Dustin Doe picked up the ball and returned it for a Gator touchdown.

Score: Florida 35, Tennessee 20

Eric Berry jumped a passing route at the 5-yard line, picked off a Tim Tebow pass and zipped 95 yards for a Tennessee touchdown, juking past Tebow at midfield to clinch the score.

The Gators had driven deep into Tennessee territory before the Berry pick, which came on 3rd-and-6.

Score: Florida 28, Tennessee 20

Erik Ainge connected with Chris Brown for a 15-yard touchdown pass to get the Vols within 15 with 35 seconds left in the first half.

Ainge was 19-of-29 for 204 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the first two quarters. Florida's Tim Tebow completed 6 of 7 passes for 104 yards on two scores. He also ran nine times for 46 yards to lead the Gators on the ground.

The story of the game thus far is Tennessee inability to rush the football, the same problem it experienced last season when the Vols rushed for negative-11 yards. So far today Tennessee has only rushed for 7 yards.

Halftime score: Florida 28, Tennessee 13

"We're giving up too many huge chunks of yards," Phillip Fulmer told CBS's Tracy Wolfson at halftime. "I think we can move the ball with some efficiency. We just need to play better."

On a sunny day in Florida, the floodgates have opened. A 20-yard Tim Tebow toss to tight end Cornelius Ingram gave the Gators a 28-6 lead with 1:30 remaining in the first half.

Florida needed just 5 plays to take the ball 75 yards. Passes of 16 and 20 yards served as catalysts for the drive, and a 28-yard Jarred Fayson run also helped fuel the scoring effort.

Score: Florida 28, Tennessee 6

Tim Tebow took an option keeper seven yards into the end zone to give Florida a 21-6 lead over the Vols with 5:38 left in the second quarter.

The Gators' drive went 58 yards on nine plays. Tebow ran the ball four times and converted a key third down, when he was nearly on his knee and lunged the ball to Keystahn Moore for a 7-yard pickup.

Score: Florida 21, Tennessee 6

Daniel Lincoln finished a 77-yard Tennessee drive with a 22-yard field goal to cut Florida's lead to 14-6 early in the second quarter.

The Vols converted on fourth down at the Gators' 30 yard line, opting to forego the field goal. The 13-play drive was Tennessee's longest of the day.

Score: Florida 14, Tennessee 6

Tim Tebow found tight end Riley Cooper in the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown to give Florida a 14-3 lead with 1:23 left in the first quarter.

The touchdown pass capped a 65-yard drive that feature two Tebow first-down passes and an option run by Percy Harvin. Before the touchdown series, Florida had not gained a first down.

Score: Florida 14, Tennessee 3


A 28-yard Daniel Lincoln field goal capped a 39-yard drive and brought Tennessee within four points of the Gators with 1:45 remaining in the first quarter.

For the second time the Vols failed to convert on third-and-short at the Florida 11, bringing on Lincoln for the trey.

Score: Florida 7, Tennessee 3

Florida running back Brandon James returned a Britton Colquitt punt 82 yards for a touchdown just two minutes into the first quarter.

Score: Florida 7, Tennessee 0

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  • by MICHAEL Location: TEXAS on Sep 18, 2007 at 06:44 PM
  • by Go VOLS Location: Knoxville on Sep 18, 2007 at 11:31 AM
  • by Wayne Location: knoxville on Sep 17, 2007 at 06:00 PM
    Just think Fulmer gets millions of dollars for this product.
  • by Calvin Location: knoxville on Sep 17, 2007 at 03:57 PM
    Not much of a football fan, however if I were I would NOT turn my back on them when it went bad. Remember folks NO ONE can always be a winner. Someone HAS TO LOOSE. Maybe it is just Tennessee's time. So hang in there and you will be on the winning side when them boys get back up and going! As far as the coaches are concerned, did his coaching change, or did he give up? If not then Wait! Just Wait!
  • by maggie nola on Sep 17, 2007 at 03:55 PM
    funny that i see a story titled 'mystery of 8 FL skeletons persists'. I'd say based on this game that its FL's defense ... we didnt keep them on the field long enough and they just wasted right down to the bone.
  • by Marjorie Presley Location: Knoxville, TN. on Sep 17, 2007 at 01:34 PM
    I first thought Urban Meyer was a good and first class guy. Now I know he isn't either. He is also very unsunsportsmanlike. I couldn't believe that he left his first string players in when they got so far ahead Tennessee. Even losing, Phil Fulmer gave his second string players some reps so in case they need them later. Fulmer DOES have class. What Ubran Meyer did to UT on Saturday or may come back to bite him in another game or in the bottom end especially if Tebow gets hurt and can't platy. I sure hope they play S. Carolina and have to face Spurrier. I never liked him but at least he didn't try to run up the score when Florida was so far ahead. Hope you beat him Steve and beat him and his team very, very badly and run up a BIG score against Florida. Go Steve Go. Congratulations to out UT team to still play with class even though Florida was trying to embarass them and they played hard right up to the end of the end of the gamae. Go Vols, GO!
  • by Rosemary Location: Seymour on Sep 16, 2007 at 12:22 PM
    I thought that I had posted a comment on this article but turns out I posted it on the Fans Refuse to Give Up article. So here is another one:I just want to say that I loved Fulmer in the beginning and I love him now. My first thought watching the Cal game was how poised the offense looked and how lackluster the defense looked. This is still the case. This is relativley a young team. Defense lacks gusto. I heard a commentator say that the defense needs to step up and play SEC football. I agree. Are the players taking the fact that they are playing for UT for granted? The defense could have kept us in the game. It seems that the defense is out of sync with the offense. What could be done to make the defense hungrier?
  • by Rosemary Location: Knoxville on Sep 16, 2007 at 10:57 AM
    I commented last night. Where is it? Is it because I was pro-Fulmer? I love Phil Fulmer. There are a lot of young people on this team. My first thought watching the Cal game was how poised the offense played and how lackluster the defense was. I heard one commentator say that the defense needs to step up and play SEC football and I agree. This was not bad play calling or lack of fire from the coaches. You had receivers that dropped balls and an unfortunate fumble that was the turning point of the game. We are not the only SEC team who will lose to Florida this year! There has been a lot of successes from these coaches. Someone has to win and someone has to lose. I hate Florida but they were the better team last night. Get off the coaches backs and start talking about the performances of some of the players.
  • by Eddie Location: williamson county on Sep 16, 2007 at 08:41 AM
    We got out coached!!!! We need new coaches and it starts at the top. Talking about you Fulmer!!!! Chavis also!!!! They need to go We can't win the big games and it has been so so so long since we won an SEC championship. THEY NEED TO GO!!!!!!
  • by Bob Location: Middlesboro on Sep 16, 2007 at 03:39 AM
    Tennessee drops out of the Top 25 and Kentucky goes into the Top 25. What a sweet weekend for the Cat Fans in Lexington, KY... Gooooooooo Cats!
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