First half: Florida did some things well, but not enough of them. The backs need to learn how to pick up blitzes.
Second half: After a miserable third quarter, the Gators picked it up in the fourth and then, of course, there was that last play.
For the game: Florida’s offense is still a work in progress, but it’s pretty clear that there is no question who the quarterback is for the Gators.
First half: The defense played well until the late 38-yard run that almost cost UF three points. Until then, the Gators had limited Tennessee to 13 rushing yards.
Second half: The defense probably got worn out, but the Gators had no answer for John Kelly in the fourth quarter. Fortunately, Butch Jones is Tennessee’s coach.
For the game: The defense did plenty, scoring a touchdown again and playing great in the red zone. That’s five picks in two games for UF.
Special teams B+
First half: It appeared Johnny Townsend was purposely punting short to avoid big returns. Kickoff returns, again, seriously. Why bother?
Second half: OK, that’s why you bother. Tyrie Cleveland’s 46-yard return set up Florida’s first offensive touchdown of the season.
For the game: The Gators need to get better covering punts if they want Townsend to use his leg to the fullest. Nice game for Eddy Pineiro.
There were a lot of things to pick at, but any game that ends like this one does will be remembered until we are all gone. The Gators needed it for their record and for their psyches.