Emory Jones had two landing passes to go along with a career-high 144 yards dashing, main No. 11 Florida to a 38-14 victory over Tennessee on Saturday evening and increasing practically 20 years of dominance within the collection.
The Gators (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Convention) gained their fifth straight and sixteenth in 17 years in a collection that used to go a great distance towards deciding the Japanese Division. First-year Tennessee coach Josh Heupel is attempting to get it again there.
The second half confirmed he’s nonetheless bought a option to go. The Gators, who bounced again from a gut-wrenching loss in opposition to top-ranked Alabama within the Swamp every week in the past, scored on consecutive drives within the third quarter to show a three-point recreation into comfy lead. Jones was at his greatest throughout these possessions.
With dynamic backup Anthony Richardson nonetheless nursing a strained proper hamstring, Jones accomplished three straight passes that arrange a trick-play landing. Jones lateraled to Trent Whittemore, who discovered Kemore Gamble in the long run zone for a 13-yard rating. It was Florida’s first trick-play TD in three years.
Jones ran for 43 yards on Florida’s subsequent drive and capped it with a 9-yard TD move to Rick Wells.
Jones accomplished 21 of 27 passes for 209 yards on the evening and ran 15 instances, with an extended of 49 yards. He turned Florida’s first QB to prime 200 yards passing and 100 yards dashing since Tim Tebow in 2009 in opposition to Florida State. Tebow achieved the feat 4 instances in 4 seasons.
It was the primary time Jones did not have a turnover this season.
The Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) performed a lot better within the first half, with Herndon Hooker and a big-play offense preserving the Gators off-balance. Hooker related with Tiyon Evans for a 47-yard rating and with JaVonta Payton on a 75-yarder.
However Hooker was largely ineffective the remainder of the best way. He was sacked early within the fourth and knocked out of the sport. He tried to go away the sector with none help after trainers helped him up, however he dropped again to his knees earlier than reaching the sideline. Joe Milton changed him.
Hooker accomplished 13 of 23 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He and the Vols appeared rattled a number of instances by the gang of 88,478.
Florida, which entered the sport because the No. 2 dashing group within the nation, completed with 283 yards on the bottom. Coach Dan Mullen had his most balanced assault of the season, with 222 yards passing and 505 yards complete.
Tennessee got here into the sport permitting simply 54.3 yards dashing a recreation. Florida topped that within the first quarter.
Tennessee: The Volunteers seem headed in the correct course beneath Heupel. His up-tempo offense posed issues for the Gators early, and Tennessee had an opportunity to tie or take the lead simply earlier than halftime. Being shut is progress for a program that misplaced the final three conferences by a mixed rating of 112-46.
Florida: The Gators gave up too many large performs early. In the event that they’re going to run the desk within the SEC and get again to the league title recreation, they’re going to should shore up that a part of their protection. Getting standout cornerback Kaiir Elam again can be a begin.
Florida ought to crack the Associated Press Top 25 ballot, particularly with No. 9 Clemson and seventh-ranked Texas A&M dropping.
ALL-SEC DEFENDER OUT
Elam, an all-SEC defender, missed the sport with a sprained proper knee. Elam tweaked his knee on the finish of final week’s loss to Alabama. He was on the sideline Saturday with a sleeve on his knee and strolling with a limp.
Freshman Jason Marshall, a five-star recruit from Miami, began in his place and performed effectively.
Tennessee performs at Missouri subsequent Saturday. The Vols have gained two in a row and 4 of six.
Florida performs at Kentucky subsequent Saturday. The Wildcats final beat the Gators in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1986. Florida has gained 16 straight there.