Burton's burst starts roll for UF
Published: Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.
Best indication we were in Tennessee
And hour before kickoff, a plane circled high above Neyland Stadium carrying a sign and a banner. The sign read, “Ole Smoky Moonshine.” The banner read, “Get Your Corn From a Jar.” It was also quite a contrast to go from the flatness of College Station, Texas, to the mountains of Knoxville.
Worst use of a penalty
When Tennessee's Antonio Richardson was called for a personal foul on the extra point following the Vols' first touchdown, it looked like Florida would get good field position because of the 15-yard penalty on the kickoff. Andre Debose returned the kick to the 48, but freshman Brian Poole was called for holding and Florida started at its own 21.
Florida had trouble making big plays on offense last year, but for one impressive stretch they were popping up like wildfire on a Florida highway median. Down 20-13, the Gators took the lead by piling up 150 yards on four plays over two possessions. Trey Burton's 80-yard touchdown started it and was followed on the next drive by a Mike Gillislee 45-yard run. After Gillislee ran for two yards, Jeff Driskel hit Jordan Reed in the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown.
For whatever reason, the Gators continue to struggle with penalties in the first half. In UF's three games, the Gators have been penalized 19 times for 167 yards. In the second half, Florida has only been flagged six times for 38 yards. Saturday night, Florida committed six penalties in the first half and two in the second.
Play of the game
It had to be the Trey Burton run in the third quarter. Up to that point, Tennessee had the momentum, and it looked as if Florida couldn't figure out how to cover the Vols. But after Burton's run on a wildcat play, the Gators dominated the rest of the way.
Stat of the game
Florida coach Will Muschamp talked all summer about winning the fourth quarter. Well, how do you like the Gators now? They have outscored their opponents 27-0 in the fourth quarter of their three games including 10-0 on Saturday night. Florida trailed 14-10 at the half before rallying. It was the first time since 1966 when the Gators had a quarterback named Steve Spurrier that they have rallied in the second half for wins in back-to-back games.
What's up with that?
The situation got bizarre in the second quarter on a 16-play Tennessee drive to a score. The officials seemed to hijack the game. They called four five-yard penalties on the Vols during the drive, including two sandwiched around a review of a possible fumble by UT's Rajion Neal and another one play later. Later in the drive, Tyler Bray hit Cordarrelle Patterson for 12 yards on a fourth-and-10. But the play was ruled a fumble, and Florida players celebrated only to have it overturned by review.
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