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Vols fall to Gators in the Swamp, 26-20

18 September 2017

The Gators had their home game against Northern Colorado cancelled due to the storm and are off to a rocky start after suspending nine players indefinitely prior to the season-opening loss to MI.

Florida appeared content to sit on the ball until overtime, but Jim McElwain called timeout with nine seconds remaining at his own 37.

The legend of Feleipe Franks was born Saturday afternoon in The Swamp as Florida beat SEC rival Tennessee at the buzzer. They had 23 first downs to Florida's 14. It was a surreal scene, especially for a team that didn't score an offensive touchdown in the first seven quarters of the season.

Kickers Brent Cimaglia and Aaron Medley combined to miss three field goals. Franks took a while to get comfortable, but he made some good throws in key moments, none more than the Hail Mary pass that hit Cleveland in stride about three yards into the end zone.

The pass put Franks over 200 yards on the day.

#7 MI 29, Air Force 13: Donovan Peoples-Jones returned a punt 79 yards for a score and Quinn Nordin tied a school record with five field goals, helping the host Wolverines overcome their offensive struggles.

In this one, it was a 6-3 slugfest - typical of the ACC - through three quarters before opening up in the fourth frame and wrapping up on the final play that touched off the full-on Florida party.

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Mercer (1-2), which only resumed its football program five years ago and plays a division down in the Southern Conference, gave the Tigers all they could handle.

The 24th-ranked Gators (1-1, 1-0 SEC) led 20-10 with 5:13 left after Brandon Powell's 5-yard TD catch, their first offensive touchdown of the season. In the receiving end, Josh Hammond posted 91 yards in four receptions while Tyrie Cleveland added 56 yards in four catches.

Among the myriad other Florida players to mouth off on Twitter was sophomore linebacker Vosean Joseph, who was rather succinct with his statement.

On the ground, Mark Thompson rushed for 13 yards in five carries while Malik Davis added eight yards in a carry.

Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady had three interceptions, including one tipped ball that went for a Gator touchdown.

One bright spot for Tennessee was running back John Kelly who carried the ball 19 times for 141 yards and a touchdown. Florida got to dictate terms at the line of scrimmage, pushing the Volunteers guards aside whenever they felt like it. Jarrett Guarantano is not going to save this Tennessee offense from itself. They'll look to get to 2-1 in next week's game which takes place at Commonwealth Stadium against Kentucky.

Vols fall to Gators in the Swamp, 26-20