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It was not the Tennessee Volunteers’ night on Saturday.
The No. 11 Volunteers traveled to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators and were quickly humbled, falling 29-16.
Jackson Reyes @JacksnReyes
The Florida #Gators (2-1, 1-0 SEC) pull off the upset against the No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers (2-1, 0-1 SEC) 29-16.
This is UF head coach Billy Napier’s first win against one of the Gators’ rivals. @alligatorSports
The loss follows a 2-0 start for the Volunteers that had the team looking like they could make some noise deeper into the season.
Tennessee had hung 49 points on Virginia in Week 1 and 30 points on Austin Peay in Week 2, so mustering only 16 was a huge blemish for the offense. Statistically, it didn’t look as bad, considering the Volunteers produced 388 total yards, but much of this came in the late stages of the contest, so it could be considered a bloated number,
Joe Milton III went 20-for-34 for 287 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Meanwhile, Jaylen Wright led the day on the ground with 16 carries for 63 yards, and wide receiver Bru McCoy had five catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Still, this was not enough to deliver any knockout punches, and Tennessee will leave Gainesville without beating Florida at home since 2003.
Fans on social media did not hold back on Tennessee, criticizing the team for a sluggish offensive performance against a Gators team that was ripe for the taking.
When I die, I want the Tennessee Volunteers to lower me into my grave so they can let me down one last time.
Tennessee Volunteers YOU GUYS STINK
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Oh Tennessee #volunteers, guess Josh Heupel isn’t Kirby Smart 😂😂
Nate Lundy @natelundy
The Vols losing in Gainesville.
Weston Perry @westonperry11
No lol that’s a really bad Tennessee team with Milton at QB
Justin Hawkins @Jhawkins_20
Yikes. #Vols just can’t win in Gainesville… Tennessee going to have to relook at this offense… https://t.co/gctbHC369c
The rest were pretty bad tonight. But Tennessee was worse. Neither the head coach or quarterback could manage the game clock. The offense looked like Randy Sanders was in control. The Defense even fell for the oldest trick in the book on a fourth down.🤦♂️
Kyle Stickler @Kstickk
That defense is for real. All I was hearing is Tennessee offense this and offense that. Have a safe trip home boys
Ryan Kilpatrick (no longer WS Champion) @RyanKilpatrick
Florida could not throw the ball in the second half, Tennessee stuffed them and the offense couldn’t get it together. Heupel has to make some changes.
Michael Cooper 🏀🏀⛹️♂️🍊 @CoachCoop03
Tennessee may not win 6 games this year with this offense.
KG ❄️ @TyreekMVP
This Tennessee offense is terrible 😭
Turbo Cancer @Oliver_Stacks
Tennessee waiting until there was 3 minutes in the game to run their offense >>>
Tennessee WRs create zero separation. Didn’t think Hyatt was that big of a factor for this offense man.
I don’t understand why Tennessee is having so much trouble with basic tasks like getting plays figured out and called in on offense.
The Volunteers will need to rebound quickly in order to remain competitive in SEC play. First, they will turn their attention to a Group of Five opponent in UTSA next weekend.
Following that, Tennessee will dive back into SEC play with South Carolina, Texas A&M and Alabama in order.