Florida Beats Tennessee 26-20 on Last Second Hail Mary
The 23rd ranked Tennessee Volunteers traveled to Gainesville to take on the 24th ranked Florida Gators on September 16th, and while the game between these two SEC East rivals was sloppy and mistake prone on offense for most of the contest, it made up for it at least partially on the final play of the game.
Florida led 6-3 going into the fourth quarter, as the two offenses couldn’t seem to generate any. It opened up in the final quarter, but then there were also things like Florida running back Malik Davis making a nice 74 yard run only to have the ball knocked out of his hands and out of the end zone for a fumble. Tennessee kicked a field goal to tie the score at 20-20 with 50 seconds left. Then Florida went to work, running four plays in those 50 seconds, culminating with a 63 yard Hail Mary touchdown completion in the end zone from QB Feleipe Franks to Tyrie Cleveland for the 26-20 Gators win.
Florida (1-1 overall, 1-0 in the SEC) will be at Kentucky on September 23rd. Tennessee (2-1, 0-1) will host Massachusetts the same day in a non-conference game. The Minutemen are one of just four independent Division I schools, Notre Dame, Army, and Brigham Young being the others. UMass is 0-4 on the season.