GAMEDAY College Football

Florida 38, Tennessee 14

(AP Photo/John Raoux)

By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Emory Jones had two touchdown passes to go with a career-high 144 yards rushing, leading No. 11 Florida to a 38-14 victory over Tennessee and extending nearly two decades of dominance in the series.

The Gators (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) won their fifth straight and 16th in 17 years in a series that used to go a long way toward deciding the Eastern Division. First-year Tennessee coach Josh Heupel is trying to get it back there.

The second half showed he's still got a way to go. The Gators, who bounced back from a gut-wrenching loss against top-ranked Alabama in the Swamp a week ago, scored on consecutive drives in the third quarter to turn a three-point game into comfortable lead. Jones was at his best during those possessions.

With dynamic backup Anthony Richardson still nursing a strained right hamstring, Jones completed three straight passes that set up a trick-play touchdown. Jones lateraled to Trent Whittemore, who found Kemore Gamble in the end zone for a 13-yard score. It was Florida's first trick-play TD in three years.

Jones ran for 43 yards on Florida's next drive and capped it with a 9-yard TD pass to Rick Wells.

Jones completed 21 of 27 passes for 209 yards on the night and ran 15 times, with a long of 49 yards. He became Florida's first QB to top 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing since Tim Tebow in 2009 against Florida State. Tebow accomplished the feat four times in four seasons.

It was the first time Jones didn't have a turnover this season.

The Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) played much better in the first half, with Herndon Hooker and a big-play offense keeping the Gators off-balance. Hooker connected with Tiyon Evans for a 47-yard score and with JaVonta Payton on a 75-yarder.

But Hooker was mostly ineffective the rest of the way. He was sacked early in the fourth and knocked out of the game. He tried to leave the field without any assistance after trainers helped him up, but he dropped back to his knees before reaching the sideline. Joe Milton replaced him.

Hooker completed 13 of 23 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He and the Vols seemed rattled several times by the crowd of 88,478.

Florida, which entered the game as the No. 2 rushing team in the country, finished with 283 yards on the ground. Coach Dan Mullen had his most balanced attack of the season, with 222 yards passing and 505 yards total.

Tennessee came into the game allowing just 54.3 yards rushing a game. Florida topped that in the first quarter.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TennFla
Fla TD 9:20 Malik Davis 4 yard TD pass from Emory Jones (Jace Christmann Extra Point) 0 7
Tenn TD 7:05 Tiyon Evans 47 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 7 7
Fla FG 1:07 Jace Christmann 47 yard field goal 7 10
Second Quarter TennFla
Tenn TD 11:31 JaVonta Payton 75 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 14 10
Fla TD 4:15 Nay'Quan Wright 23 yard TD run (Jace Christmann Extra Point) 14 17
Third Quarter TennFla
Fla TD 12:21 Kemore Gamble 13 yard TD pass from Trent Whittemore (Jace Christmann Extra Point) 14 24
Fla TD 2:04 Rick Wells 9 yard TD pass from Emory Jones (Jace Christmann Extra Point) 14 31
Fourth Quarter TennFla
Fla TD 1:39 Malik Davis 9 yard TD run (Jace Christmann Extra Point) 14 38
Team Stats
  Tennessee Florida
First downs 21 27
  Rushing 9 11
  Passing 10 14
  Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 9-14, 64%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 36-139 39-283
Passing Yards 284 222
Return Yards 82 46
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-32-0 22-28-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-3 1-2
Punts 6 3
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 10-85 6-44
Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Hooker 14 24 230 2 0
J. Milton III 2 8 54 0 0
Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
E. Jones 21 27 209 2 0
T. Whittemore 1 1 13 1 0
Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Small 11 60 5.5 0
T. Evans 11 50 4.5 0
H. Hooker 13 23 1.8 0
J. Milton III 1 6 6.0 0
Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Jones 15 145 9.7 0
D. Pierce 8 62 7.8 0
M. Davis 10 45 4.5 1
N. Wright 6 31 5.2 1
Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Payton 2 82 41.0 1
T. Evans 3 71 23.7 1
V. Jones Jr. 3 64 21.3 0
J. Warren 2 23 11.5 0
J. Small 1 22 22.0 0
J. Hyatt 1 10 10.0 0
C. Tillman 3 9 3.0 0
J. Calloway 1 3 3.0 0
Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Shorter 3 54 18.0 0
R. Wells 4 38 9.5 1
X. Henderson 3 37 12.3 0
J. Copeland 3 32 10.7 0
K. Gamble 3 29 9.7 1
M. Davis 2 14 7.0 1
N. Wright 1 13 13.0 0
T. Whittemore 1 3 3.0 0
D. Pierce 2 2 1.0 0
Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Brooks 6 246 41.0
Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Crawshaw 3 137 45.7
Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Henderson 1 5 5.0
Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
V. Jones Jr. 4 82 20.5
Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Davis 2 41 20.5
Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length
C. McGrath 47
Florida Missed FG
Player Length




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