Tennessee falls to 1-2; Florida improves to 3-0.
The Vols entered the game ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the USA Today poll; Florida was ranked
fifth in the AP poll and third in the USA Today rankings.
Tennessee returns to action Sept. 22 when it hosts Arkansas State at Neyland Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the game
will be televised on VideoSeat pay-per-view. It will be UT’s first-ever gridiron clash with Arkansas State.
Tennessee leads the all-time series vs. Florida 19-18, dating to 1916. The Vols are 5-9 all-time in Gainesville.
Today’s contest marked the third meeting between UT head coach Phillip Fulmer and Gators coach Urban Meyer, with Meyer
holding a 3-0 edge.
Phillip Fulmer’s Record
Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer’s record now stands at 138-43 (.762) in 16 seasons with the Vols.
Fulmer owns an 87-28 regular-season record against SEC opponents, including a 55-18 mark against Eastern Division teams.
The Vols are 8-8 in SEC openers during Fulmer’s tenure.
Ainge Ascends to Fourth on UT’s All-Time Passing List
Senior quarterback Erik Ainge was 26-for-41 today for 249 yards, one touchdown and one interception. In the process, he moved past former Vols signal caller Jeff Francis into fourth place on the school’s career passing list with 5,974 passing yards to his credit.
Only Peyton Manning (11,201 from 1994-97), Casey Clausen (9,707 from 2000-03) and Andy Kelly (6,397 from 1988-91) threw for more yards during their respective Tennessee careers. Ainge tonight also joined Manning, Kelly and Clausen as the only Vols ever to attempt at least 800 passes in their career.
Ainge threw an interception at the 11:04 mark in the first quarter. It was his first interception of the season.
Ainge now owns an 18-8 record as a starter.
Ainge on the Road Recently
Prior to Ainge’s first-quarter interception today, he had played six straight true road games without a pick. Today’s interception
was his first in 198 pass attempts in such games (at the opponent’s home stadium).
Ainge has completed at least 25 passes, thrown at least one touchdown and passed for at least 220 yards in each of his last seven
true road starts.
Lincoln Returns Home, Remains Perfect
With his two field goals today, redshirt freshman placekicker Daniel Lincoln—a native of Ocala, Fla.— is a perfect 6-for-6 on
field-goal attempts this season.
Lincoln has been flawless on all his kick attempts this year, going 10-for10 on extra-point tries as well.
Noting the Defense
Jonathan Hefney, Rico McCoy, Ryan Karl and Jarod Parrish each posted seven tackles to lead the Vols.
True freshman cornerback Eric Berry made his first career interception a memorable one. Berry picked off a Tim Tebow pass on Florida’s first possession of the third quarter and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown. It was the first interception thrown by Tebow this season and the second of his career.
Berry’s 96-yard interception return tied for the third longest in the history of Tennessee football. It was the longest by a Vol since Art Reynolds returned an interception 96 yards against Memphis State (present-day Memphis) in 1972. Berry is the first Tennessee freshman to record an interception against Florida since at least 1993.
Florida’s 59 points are the most allowed by Tennessee since Florida defeated UT 62-37 in Gainesville on Sept. 16, 1995.
Today’s attendance was 90,707.
Tennessee’s game captains today were seniors Erik Ainge, Xavier Mitchell, Casey Woods and Eric Young and junior Jerod Mayo.
True freshman defensive end Ben Martin made his Tennessee debut today, entering the game during Florida’s first possession of the third quarter.
LaMarcus Coker’s second kick return of the game went for a career-long 74 yards (and was UT’s longest kick return of the season). Coker’s previous long was 40 yards
last season at Georgia.
Punter Britton Colquitt returned to the lineup after not playing last weekend against Southern Miss. Colquitt averaged 46.2 yards on five punts today.
Tennessee set a single-game school record with 260 kickoff return yards (on nine returns). The previous record was 216 yards (on seven returns) against Alabama in 2002.
True freshman defensive back Dennis Rogan’s first career kickoff return was a 31-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Tight End Chris Brown’s touchdown catch at the 0:25 mark of the second quarter was his team-high third of the season and the fifth of his career. His three touchdowns
are also the most he’s ever caught in a single-season.