GAMEDAY College Football

Tennessee 38, Florida 33

(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Hendon Hooker threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 112 yards and a score to lead No. 11 Tennessee to a 38-33 victory over No. 20 Florida.

It was Tennessee's second win over Florida in the last 18 meetings and snapped a six-game losing streak in the series. The win gave the Volunteers their first 4-0 start since 2016.

"This is one of the great stories in college football," Tennessee coach Josh Heupel said of his team. "The game-day atmosphere... That is Rocky Top. It's what we built."

Tennessee (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) took control in the fourth quarter when it traveled 87 yards for a TD after a fumble by Gators (2-2, 0-2) quarterback Anthony Richardson.

Richardson had a career-high 453 passing yards and two touchdowns and ran for 62 and two scores in a raucous Neyland Stadium.

Tennessee led 17-14 at halftime following a first half loaded with big offensive plays on both sides.

Hooker, who shook off what was reported as an upper body injury, threw for 248 yards, including a 70-yard connection with Bru McCoy for the Vols' longest play from scrimmage this season.

"I didn't feel any spotlight or stage," Hooker said. "Just another day at the office.

"Injuries are part of the game. If you can go, you go. You're going to get banged up."

Florida coach Billy Napier said Tennessee deserved "a lot of credit."

"But I think when we get back and watch the film, there's going to be 12-15 plays where Florida beats Florida," Napier said.

A 99-yard drive that ended with a one-yard pass from Hooker to McCoy, gave Tennessee the lead 7 seconds before the break.

Richardson had a career-high 220 passing yards by intermission and connected with his first TD pass of the season. Keon Zipperer broke three arm tackles on his way to a 44-yard score.

"It feels good just to have fun out there and play football," said Richardson. "It's fun. It's a blessing."


The left leg injury that forced Tennessee WR Cedric Tillman to miss a good deal of the Akron game caused him to be held out. ... Vols WR Jimmy Calloway couldn't play in the first half against the Gators because of a team suspension after being ejected last week for punching an Akron player. ... Florida OT Michael Tarquin (lower leg injury) and long snapper Marco Ortiz did not play. .... LB Ventrell Miller, who missed last week's game with a right foot injury, started.


Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker had a string of 14 consecutive pass completions, including 12 against Akron, before a misfire. ... In back-to-back second-quarter plays, Richardson threw his first TD pass of the season, for 44 yards to Keon Zipperer, before Hooker's 70-yarder to McCoy. ... Midway through the second quarter Richardson had thrown for 207 yards, a career high. ... Florida had just three sacks in its first three games. It had three Saturday. ... RB Jabari Small's 16-yard TD reception was his first. ... Florida was five of six in fourth-down conversions.


Florida: In order to have success in the remainder of their SEC games, the Gators will need to add a dimension to their offensive attack. Once defenses focus on containing Richardson in the pocket, the variables in the offense are limited. Richardson was able to avoid the pressure and has been sacked just twice this season.

Tennessee: Getting WR Cedric Tillman (leg) healthy is imperative if the Vols plan on competing against the elite in the SEC. Having that weapon available is key to giving LSU, Alabama and Kentucky something to game-plan against.

Scoring Summary
First Quarter FlaTenn
Tenn FG 1:11 Chase McGrath 32 yd FG 0 3
Second Quarter FlaTenn
Fla TD 12:41 Keon Zipperer 44 yd pass from Anthony Richardson (Adam Mihalek kick) 7 3
Tenn TD 11:59 Hendon Hooker 4 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 7 10
Fla TD 8:28 Anthony Richardson 7 yd run (Adam Mihalek kick) 14 10
Tenn TD 0:07 Bru McCoy 1 yd pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath kick) 14 17
Third Quarter FlaTenn
Tenn TD 12:08 Jabari Small 16 yd pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath kick) 14 24
Fla TD 5:55 Anthony Richardson 1 yd run (Adam Mihalek kick) 21 24
Tenn TD 3:58 Jabari Small 1 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 21 31
Fourth Quarter FlaTenn
Tenn TD 7:55 Jaylen Wright 5 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 21 38
Fla TD 4:49 Montrell Johnson Jr. 5 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 27 38
Fla TD 0:17 Ricky Pearsall 3 yd pass from Anthony Richardson (failed 2pt pass) 33 38
Team Stats
  Florida Tennessee
First downs 31 27
  Rushing 8 12
  Passing 21 12
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 7-15, 47% 6-9, 67%
4th down efficiency 5-6, 83% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 42-141 42-227
Passing Yards 453 349
Return Yards 44 66
Completions-Attempts-Int 24-45-1 22-28-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--4 3--15
Punts 1 0
Punts-Average 49
Fumbles Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties - Yards 10-47 6-50
Time of Possession 34:56 25:04
Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Richardson 24 44 453 2 1
Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Hooker 22 28 349 2 0
Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Richardson 17 62 3.6 2
T. Etienne 9 35 3.9 0
N. Wright 8 26 3.3 0
M. Johnson Jr. 8 18 2.3 1
Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
H. Hooker 13 112 8.6 1
J. Small 19 90 4.7 1
J. Wright 10 25 2.5 1
Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Shorter 7 155 22.1 0
R. Pearsall 5 103 20.6 1
X. Henderson 4 68 17.0 0
K. Zipperer 3 62 20.7 1
T. Whittemore 2 31 15.5 0
D. Zanders 2 18 9.0 0
T. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 1 16 16.0 0
Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. McCoy 5 102 20.4 1
R. Keyton 3 69 23.0 0
J. Hyatt 5 58 11.6 0
J. Warren 1 45 45.0 0
P. Fant 5 43 8.6 0
J. Small 3 32 10.7 1
Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Hadden 1 5
Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Crawshaw 1 49 49.0
Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Henderson 3 44 14.7
Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Holiday 2 61 30.5
Florida Missed FG
Player Length
A. Mihalek 50
Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length