UF's Driskel out for season


Trainers help Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) after he was hurt on a play against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday Sept. 21, 2013 in Gainesville, Fla. (Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:43 p.m.

First quarter

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Trainers help Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) after he was hurt on a play against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday Sept. 21, 2013 in Gainesville, Fla. (Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

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Play of the quarter: In one play, Tennessee took the lead and knocked out Florida's starting quarterback for the season. With the ball on the UT 41, Jeff Driskel's pass was intercepted by freshman defensive back Devaun Swafford, who had nothing but green grass in front of him. His 62-yard return for a score was magnified when Driskel left the field on crutches. UF coach Will Muschamp confirmed after that game Driskel will need surgery on his lower right leg.

Stat of the quarter: Tennessee had 20 total yards in the first quarter, but still had the lead. The Vols managed only 11 rushing yards and nine passing yards, had two turnovers and were sacked once.

Trending: The mistakes seem to be following Florida around like a lost dog. In the first quarter, the Gators had a pick-six, two fumbles (one lost) and three penalties. They also failed to score a touchdown again in the red zone.

Scoring: Tennessee scored first on Swafford's interception return with 9:23 to play. The Gators managed a field goal after Dante Fowler Jr. caused QB Nathan Peterman to fumble and UF recovered at the 6. Austin Hardin's 23-yard kick made it 7-3 with 1:43 to play.

Second quarter

Play of the quarter: So many to choose from. But it has to be the almost pick-six by Darious Cummings. Peterman had his third-down pass slip out of his hands and into the hands of the junior defensive lineman. Cummings had a convoy heading to the end zone, but was tripped up from behind by teammate Dominique Easley.

Stat of the quarter: Florida's defense continued to dominate in the second quarter. The Gators allowed only one first down and — most importantly — kept the Vols from scoring twice when Tennessee got the ball on turnovers in UF territory.

Trending: Can anybody hold onto the ball? There were three turnovers in the first quarter, so you thought things might settle down in the second. Instead, it got worse as there were four turnovers. A fumble by Matt Jones and a snap that hit Tyler Murphy in the facemask accounted for UF's two fumbles in the quarter.

Scoring: After an interception by Brian Poole, Florida took the lead when Murphy hit Solomon Patton on a bubble screen. Patton made two defenders miss and ran 52 yards for the score with 13:23 to play. Florida also scored on a three-yard run by Mack Brown with 37 seconds to play after the interception by Cummings.

Third quarter

Play of the quarter: Florida was facing a third-and-10 when Murphy launched a deep fade to Quinton Dunbar, who was single-covered. Dunbar made a nice over-the-shoulder catch and the officials spotted him as being in. The review held up the play, and the 31-yard pass gave UF a first down at the UT 23. UF ended up scoring on the drive.

Stat of the quarter: Florida finally got its running game going. After managing only 27 yards in the first half, the Gators ran for 89 yards in the third quarter with 28 coming on a scramble by Murphy.

Trending: After the comedy of the errors of the first half, there were no turnovers in the third quarter. In fact, it actually resembled organized football.

Scoring: Tennessee took the ball down the field to score a field goal (44 yards by Michael Palardy) on its first drive. But Florida had the answer with a 79-scoring drive that ended with a Jones 4-yard touchdown run to make it 24-10 with 7:08 to play.

Fourth quarter

Play of the quarter: Murphy made an unbelievable run for Florida's fourth touchdown of the game. The Gators called a quarterback draw and Murphy juked twice then plowed into the end zone. That gave him 87 rushing yards in the game.

Stat of the quarter: Florida failed to total more than 400 yards for the first time this season thanks in part to a fumbled exchange that lost seven yards late in the game. Still, to get 388 yards (before the kneel downs) with your starting quarterback out for most of the game is still pretty good.

Trending: Murphy was nationally during his breakout performance. The fourth-year junior picked up a few followers Saturday on Twitter.

Scoring: Murphy's touchdown with 13:52 to play gave Florida a 31-10 lead, but on the first play of the Tennessee drive defensive back Brian Poole was called for targeting. That meant Florida was down three frontline defensive backs and it showed as Tennessee drove to a score with Justin Worley hitting Pig Howard from 17 yards.

Final score: UF won 31-17, its ninth straight win in the series, the longest streak for the Gators in this SEC rivalry.

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