Tennessee has a flare for the dramatic. In all of the games they have played this season, the Volunteers have been down and been down big. Florida was 21-3 at half time and all of Rocky Top was checked out. Austin Appleby was firing on all cylinders and couldn’t make any mistakes even if he tried. But like most games — it was a tale of two halves with the Volunteers.
The Vols’ defense stood strong and quarterback Joshua Dobbs took over. Dobbs threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter to bring Tennessee within four. His first touchdown pass was a 23-yard pass to Jalen Hurd and his second was a 20-yard to Ethan Wolf. The tide was turned and there was nothing Florida could do. Rocky Top was rocking. Tennessee had the lead in its sight.
The fourth quarter was huge. Dobbs threw two more touchdown passes and ran one in to top off a 38-0 run against Florida. Appleby would throw one more touchdown pass with four minutes to go, but it wasn’t enough. Tennessee did it. They topped Florida for the first time in 11 years. And not only did they do it, they did it in dramatic, embarrassing fashion.
Tennessee embarrassed Florida out of Neyland Stadium. The second half was a complete turnaround from what Tennessee looked like in the first half. Dobbs really needed to overperform for the Vols to even have a chance to win. He did more than that. Every touchdown in the second half, Dobbs was apart of. He finished the game with 319 yards passing, four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown along with two interceptions. Tennessee won 38-28.
The Volunteers really exercised their demons against Florida. The Gators that have haunted them in the last 11 years are finally gone. Tennessee can move on and look forward to an extremely difficult SEC schedule from here on out.