Gators earn 47-21 statement win over rival Tennessee
On Saturday night in Knoxville, Mullen and his Gators enjoyed sweet silence.
The turnover-plagued Vols, now losers of 10 straight SEC games, had a rocky start on Rocky Top and never recovered during a resounding 47-21 win by rival Florida (3-1, 1-1 SEC).
“I think we played with good energy; I think we played with good effort. There’s a lot of things I like,” Mullen said. “I like the direction we’re headed.”
Some of the announced crowd of 100,027 at Neyland Stadium headed for the exits at the start of the third quarter of Tennessee’s most-lopsided loss in the series since a 59-20 drubbing in 2007.
Expecting an emotionally hard-fought road game and endless renditions of Rocky Top by the Vols’ band, Mullen played Tennessee’s unofficial fight song all week at practice. The 46-year-old coach even called it a “catchy tune.”
While the ditty occasionally was heard Saturday night, per tradition, Vols fans had nothing to celebrate.
“That was the goal,” Mullen said. “We played it enough. We played it a lot at practice this week.”
Other than a 65-yard touchdown catch-and-run by