The Tennessee Volunteers made the ultimate comeback against the Florida Gators and officially broke their losing streak against their SEC East rival of 11 games. After a sloppy and scoreless start, the Vols came back with a vengeance, scoring 35 unanswered points to end the game.
In the first half, Florida came out guns blazing on both offense and defense, especially defensively. They stopped Tennessee in the red zone twice, with one possession ending in an interception. In addition, the Gators defense sacked, hurried Dobbs and company producing dropped passes three times. On the offensive side, Austin Appleby put some of the Florida minds at ease, scoring on the first drive. He went 23-for-39 with 296 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the game. Jordan Cronkite and Jordan Scarlett both scored a touchdown, giving the Gators a 21-3 lead at the half.
The second half was a totally different story for both teams as the Volunteers found some life in themselves and never looked back. The offense scored 35 unanswered points and the defense came back from the dead, stopping the Gators at every turn that Appleby and the running backs attempted to make relevant. Tennessee scored 21 points in four minutes and 13 seconds in the fourth quarter.
Joshua Dobbs went 16-for-32 with 319 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions interceptions on the day. As the Volunteers got more comfortable, the Gators defense became more frustrated. Brian Powell was ejected from the game when punched a player out of anger of how their defense was playing. The Vols simply tired the Gators defense out in the second half.
Although Florida fought a good fight, Tennessee showed how bad they wanted it and did not give up despite being down by 21.