Crazy! Gators beat Vols with just seconds to spare

Tennessee senior safety Todd Kelly Jr. has potential season-ending knee injury

The defenses were mostly stout, but there were plenty of offensive mistakes and countless questionable play calls.

He could have taken a bow.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks unleashed a 63-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland on the game's final play when everyone in The Swamp - except possibly those two - were gearing for overtime as the Gators beat the Vols 26-20 in front of 87,736.

Saturday's game extended a school-record streak of 31 games in which the Vols recorded a rushing touchdown, which started in 2014. "To make it come true is indescribable".

Authorities still are in the process of assessing the damage around Gainesville, Fla. after Hurricane Irma passed through the state, but Florida will host a football game this weekend.

"You wait for moments like that to happen in your life", Franks told CBS.

As time kept ticking, the Gators chose to run it on third down. All the while, a solid Gators defense played as anticipated against a Volunteers offense that robbed itself in crucial situations.

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The image of the final play - known in the Gator football playbook as "Train Right Open Big Ben In" - put an improbable finishing touch on a game that featured more struggles for UF's offense.

"It's a long football season and we'll get better and we'll improve and we'll be ready to go next Saturday", he said.

Added Jones: "It's one of those plays that probably comes around once every so often, and unfortunately they made a play and we didn't". The Vols needed only two plays to respond: a 52-yard pass to Kelly and a 28-yard TD pass to Ethan Wolff. Alabama (3-0) dominated early and emphatically answered a comeback attempt before outlasting the Rams (2-2).

After a scoreless third quarter, both teams woke up. The rest of the game was more competitive. No. 16 Virginia Tech (3-0) scored 57 unanswered points in a 64-17 beatdown of East Carolina (0-3). Florida was a frustrated team after losing to MI in the season opener and then having to wait two weeks to play again due to Hurricane Irma. Kelly had a brilliant touchdown and then the penalty. In all, LSU was penalized nine times for 112 yards.

On the ground, Mark Thompson rushed for 13 yards in five carries while Malik Davis added eight yards in a carry. At least the fourth quarter was great television.

The Gators also turned the ball over three times, including one on a tipped ball interception that led to the tying field goal. They never gave Kelly the ball on those three tries.

Florida is now 1-1 on the season and will play Kentucy next weekend at Commonwealth Stadium Kentucky.



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