Tennessee at Florida score, highlights: Gators walk off with Hail Mary TD for ages – CBSSports.com
There is no love lost between Florida and Tennessee, and the Gators and Vols proved that once again on Saturday afternoon in The Swamp. In a back-and-forth affair that did not include a touchdown through three quarters, the game ended as redshirt freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks hit Florida teammate Tyrie Cleveland with a 63-yard Hail Mary touchdown for UF to walk off with the 26-20 victory.
The touchdown toss avoided an 0-2 start for the Gators for the first time since 1971, and served as revenge after the Volunteers ended Florida’s 11-game winning streak against Tennessee last season.
The moments will go down in SEC history — Franks 63-yarder to Cleveland in stride will be seen for generations, but the game was full of fireworks in the fourth quarter.
Malik Davis looked like he was going to ice it for the Gators with 10:45 in the fourth, before being stripped from behind on a 74-yard run at the goal line. The resulting possession after the touchback brought Tennessee within three with 8:36 to play. After Florida’s first offensive touchdown this season seemed to ice it again, Tennessee found the end zone with 4:43 to play, picked off Franks two plays later and kicked a field goal with 50 seconds left to seemingly force overtime.
Franks and Cleveland, of course, had other ideas.
What’d we learn about the Gators and Vols? That it takes a special kind of game to leave both fan bases — especially in a rivalry game — frustrated, unhappy and angry.
It’s something to build on for Florida: No, it wasn’t pretty. In fact, sometimes Florida’s offense was downright ugly. But making his first start in The Swamp, Franks settled into a late groove in the fourth quarter and didn’t lock in on