February 24 2018

Florida beats Tennessee on Hail Mary as time expires

February 24 2018, 05:46 | Sammy Rose

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Just when it looked like Florida was playing for overtime, Feliepe Franks threw a 63-yard Hail Mary pass to Tyrie Cleveland with no time remaining.

This SEC rivalry series continues to amaze. What a finish to an otherwise sloppy game in The Swamp.

Shannon might have the longer resume, but Scott has delivered solid early results for Tennessee since getting promoted from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator.

Unacceptable because not only did Florida beat Tennessee on Saturday afternoon, Tennessee beat Tennessee. Then John Kelly responded with a 34-yard touchdown run for the Tennessee Volunteers. Receiver Josh Palmer also dropped an easy TD catch, just two plays before a Duke Dawson interception killed that drive.

There was Henderson's pick-six.

The offensive interior was largely terrible for Tennessee. Because the Gators' defense looked spent and might have had a tough time in overtime. He was co-defensive coordinator at Florida in 2015-16 before becoming the sole coordinator this year.

The penalty-aided one was pretty understandable, but it did set up Florida in great field position to get that dubious first touchdown.

Saturday's game extended a school-record streak of 31 games in which the Vols recorded a rushing touchdown, which started in 2014. But this fairytale ending actually came true for Franks, Cleveland and a UF team in need of a big win and a jolt of confidence - especially on offense. Isn't he supposed to be a quarterback whisperer or something? FOX Sports 1 will be doing the TV coverage while the game can be watched online live on fuboTV. The Alabama Crimson Tide are fantastic. But this game was so much more than that, both good and bad.

Florida and Tennessee are two of the conference's six blue-blood programs along with Alabama, Georgia, LSU and the Auburn Tigers.

Of course, the ridiculous fourth quarter shouldn't soon be forgotten either. QB Max Browne was benched in the first half after another so-so showing, and it's fair to wonder whether he'll meet the same fate as past year, when his starting position at Southern Cal was usurped by Sam Darnold after three games and a 1-2 start. This didn't end up that ugly, but damnit if the 2017 version didn't try its hardest to give us an offensive-less rock fight for about 45 of 60 minutes.

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