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UF 3, UT 3: First quarter thoughts

GAINESVILLE -- It couldn't have been a better first quarter for the Tennessee Volunteers.

The Gators' offense is struggling to find a playmaker while UT running back Montario Hardesty led an impressive 66-yard, 15-play drive that ended in a 24-yard field goal. UT's drive lasted eight minutes and 33 seconds.

--UF guard James Wilson started for the second straight week.

--During Tennessee's first offensive drive, UF linebacker Brandon Spikes missed badly on two attempts to tackle UT running back Montario Hardesty inside the red zone.

--On Hardesty's 20-yard run on third-and-12 at the UT 25, UF safety Will Hill subbed into the game for the first time. Ahmad Black and Major Wright started at the safety positions.

--UF kicker Caleb Sturgis kicked a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter to give UF a 3-0 lead. It was Sturgis' first field goal of the season and his career. The sophomore kicker from St. Augustine started over sixth-year senior Jonathan Phillips.

--Emmanuel Moody's only carry of the first quarter went for 23 yards.



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