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Gators pull away late in the fourth quarter in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Final
UF 31, UT 17
Great two-yard touchdown run by quarterback Trey Burton from the Wildcat formation. The drive was highlighted by an excellent throw on third down from Brantley to Carl Moore and a 16-yard rush by Demps.

UF 24, UT 17
Blown coverage by safety Will Hill led to UT touchdown, a 35-yard reception by Justin Hunter.

UF 24, UT 10
RB Mike Gillislee scored his second touchdown of the game on a five-yard run with 12 seconds left in the third quarter. The five-play drive was set up by an interception by UF cornerback Jeremy Brown.

JEREMY BROWN'S INTERCEPTION
Tennessee was driving when Brown jumped the route of Vols receiver Denarius Moore and intercepted UT quarterback Matt Sims at the UT 40. It was Brown's second interception of the season and the d

UF 17, UT 10
Brantley found Frankie Hammond Jr. in the back of the end zone for a seven-yard TD pass with 4:31 left in the third quarter. It was Hammond's second touchdown of his career.

HINES' FAKE PUNT
Urban Meyer called for a fake punt facing fourth and 6 from the UF 39. The ball was snapped directly to Omarius Hines, who rushed for 36 yards. He broke two tackles on the play. Meyer is 8 for 8 on fake punts at UF. It was UF's first fake punt since Oct. 2008 against Arkansas.

HALFTIME BELOW
Florida had 94 yards of total offense in the first half and Tennessee had 69. Not exactly an exciting first half. UF running back Jeff Demps had 17 yards on 11 carries. Brantley threw for 75 yards, completing 6 of 10 passes. UT quarterback Matt Sims was 6 of 11 with one interception for 53 yards.

FOURTH OFFENSIVE POSSESSION
The drive stalled at the UF 42 when Demps was dropped for a three-yard loss on second down and Brantley had a pass batted down at the line by UT defensive end Malik Jackson on third down. Omarius Hines was wide open over the middle on the play. The drive's highlight was a 22-yard gain by redshirt freshman tight end Jordan Reed.

BOSTIC'S INTERCEPTION
UF linebacker Jon Bostic drifted into coverage on third and goal from UF 3 to intercept Vols QB Matt Sims. The play bailed out Janoris Jenkins, who fumbled a punt at the UF 40.

GATORS 7, VOLS 3, THIRD OFFENSIVE POSSESSION
Welcome to the game Robert Clark. Chris Rainey's replacement, a freshman receiver, made the play of the game so far for the Gators when he caught a pass over the middle and held onto the ball for a first and goal. Clark lost his mouthpiece was hit so hard but didn't lose the ball. Mike Gillislee rushed for a two-yard score two plays later. UF 7, UT 3.

VOLS 3, GATORS 0
Instead of using its all-everything punter Chas Henry to pin the Vols deep, Florida goes for it on fourth down at the UT 42 and fails to convert. Tennessee drives short distance to UF 32 and kicks 49-yard field goal (Daniel Lincoln) to take 3-0 lead.

SECOND OFFENSIVE POSSESSION
Florida running backs Emmanuel Moody and Mike Gillislee can't gain one yard on third and fourth-down plays from UT42 on UF's second offensive possession of the game.

FIRST OFFENSIVE POSSESSION
The Gators' first offensive possession of the game was dreadful. UF fumbled twice, including a poor snap by center Mike Pouncey that led to minus-15 yards on third. A penalty for illegal formation and the errant snap took UF out of field-goal range.

PREGAME BELOW
"Losers needed ... Got any volunteers?" read the best pro-Gators shirt I saw today while walking through the crowded campus of the University of Tennessee.

Located on the Tennessee River, the pregame atmosphere around Neyland Stadium is one of best the Southeastern Conference. The Vols Navy -- a large flotilla of party boats docked near the stadium -- is one of the best traditions in the south. The stadium itself is enormous and feels like being inside the Roman Coliseum.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel has a great stat in its pre-game advance story: Former UF quarterback Tim Tebow was 13-13 in coverting first downs against the Vols on runs of at least four yards on third and fourth downs. The Gators' offensive consistency has helped UF coach Urban Meyer win five straight against the Vols, including two in a row at Tennessee. One of today's major story lines: Can first-year Florida quarterback continue that consistency?

PREGAME NOTES

-Will Hill is warming up with the first-team defense.

-Lawrence Marsh is on the sidelines in shorts with his arm wrapped. Marsh supposedly cut his arm in practice on Thursday, requiring about 20 stitches.

-Starting offensive line: LT-Xavier Nixon, LG-Carl Johnson, C-Mike Pouncey, RG-Mo Hut, LT-Marcus Gilbert.

-Starting linebackers: WLB-Jelani Jenkins; MLB-Jon Bostic; SLB-A.J. Jones

-WR Robert Clark announced as starter in place of Chris Rainey.

-jo-UT 10, UF 10
Tennessee tied the game at 10 with a touchdown from Matt Sims to Denarius Moore. Moore's wheel route went for 49 yards. Gators cornerback Jeremy Brown was the defender on the play.

UF 7, UT 3
Kicker Caleb Sturgis started the second half with a 44-yard field goal after a 10-play drive. The drive was highlighted by an 18-yard run by Demps, a 12-yard run by Brantley, a great seven-yard run by Demps to convert on third and 3 from the UT 36. The bad: On third and 10 from the UT 29, Brantley had a pass dropped by freshman Trey Burton. Frankie Hammond Jr.

HALFTIME SUMMARY
Florida had 94 yards of total offense in the first half and Tennessee had 69. Not exactly an exciting first half. UF running back Jeff Demps had 17 yards on 11 carries. Brantley threw for 75 yards, completing 6 of 10 passes. UT quarterback Matt Sims was 6 of 11 with one interception for 53 yards.

-Three Gators saw first action of season on opening kickoff: Dee Finley, Frankie Hammond Jr. and Will Hill

-Demps had a 43-yard kick-off return in the first half, giving him three returns on the season for 40 or more yards.

-RB Mike Gillislee scored the second TD of the season

-Jon Bostic's interception was UF's ninth interception of the season.

FOURTH OFFENSIVE POSSESSION
The drive stalled at the UF 42 when Demps was dropped for a three-yard loss on second down and Brantley had a pass batted down at the line by UT defensive end Malik Jackson on third down. Omarius Hines was wide open over the middle on the play. The drive's highlight was a 22-yard gain by redshirt freshman tight end Jordan Reed.

BOSTIC'S INTERCEPTION
UF linebacker Jon Bostic drifted into coverage on third and goal from UF 3 to intercept Vols QB Matt Sims. The play bailed out Janoris Jenkins, who fumbled a punt at the UF 40.

GATORS 7, VOLS 3, THIRD OFFENSIVE POSSESSION
Welcome to the game Robert Clark. Chris Rainey's replacement, a freshman receiver, made the play of the game so far for the Gators when he caught a pass over the middle and held onto the ball for a first and goal. Clark lost his mouthpiece was hit so hard but didn't lose the ball. Mike Gillislee rushed for a two-yard score two plays later. UF 7, UT 3.

VOLS 3, GATORS 0
Instead of using its all-everything punter Chas Henry to pin the Vols deep, Florida goes for it on fourth down at the UT 42 and fails to convert. Tennessee drives short distance to UF 32 and kicks 49-yard field goal (Daniel Lincoln) to take 3-0 lead.

SECOND OFFENSIVE POSSESSION
Florida running backs Emmanuel Moody and Mike Gillislee can't gain one yard on third and fourth-down plays from UT42 on UF's second offensive possession of the game.

FIRST OFFENSIVE POSSESSION
The Gators' first offensive possession of the game was dreadful. UF fumbled twice, including a poor snap by center Mike Pouncey that led to minus-15 yards on third. A penalty for illegal formation and the errant snap took UF out of field-goal range.

PREGAME BELOW
"Losers needed ... Got any volunteers?" read the best pro-Gators shirt I saw today while walking through the crowded campus of the University of Tennessee.

Located on the Tennessee River, the pregame atmosphere around Neyland Stadium is one of best the Southeastern Conference. The Vols Navy -- a large flotilla of party boats docked near the stadium -- is one of the best traditions in the south. The stadium itself is enormous and feels like being inside the Roman Coliseum.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel has a great stat in its pre-game advance story: Former UF quarterback Tim Tebow was 13-13 in coverting first downs against the Vols on runs of at least four yards on third and fourth downs. The Gators' offensive consistency has helped UF coach Urban Meyer win five straight against the Vols, including two in a row at Tennessee. One of today's major story lines: Can first-year Florida quarterback continue that consistency?

PREGAME NOTES

-Will Hill is warming up with the first-team defense.

-Lawrence Marsh is on the sidelines in shorts with his arm wrapped. Marsh supposedly cut his arm in practice on Thursday, requiring about 20 stitches.

-Starting offensive line: LT-Xavier Nixon, LG-Carl Johnson, C-Mike Pouncey, RG-Mo Hut, LT-Marcus Gilbert.

-Starting linebackers: WLB-Jelani Jenkins; MLB-Jon Bostic; SLB-A.J. Jones

-WR Robert Clark announced as starter in place of Chris Rainey.

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