Tennessee performed without electric kick returner Evan Berry and safety Todd Kelly Junior.
Franks made one huge mistake: An interception in Florida territory that setup Tennessee’s tying field goal. The Vols unsuccessful to obtain the finish zone and settled for 3 points with 50 seconds left.
Fellow receiver Brandon Powell was the first one to congratulate Cleveland within the finish zone. Powell slapped him so difficult upside the helmet it knocked his mouthpiece out. Teammates and coaches stacked on the couple of seconds later. It had been a surreal scene, specifically for a group that did not score an offensive touchdown within the first seven quarters of year.
After watching Florida’s offense sputter all mid-day, there surely were arm-chair quarterbacks everywhere thinking the Gators (1-1, 1- Southeastern Conference) must take a knee and mind to overtime. Rather, they burned the Volunteers (2-1, -1) having a deep pass for that second amount of time in as numerous appointments with Gainesville.
The party ongoing within the locker room.
The Vols scored five plays later, performing to 13-10 on Kelly’s 24-yard run. But Kelly also designed a huge mistake. He was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for doing the “Gator Chomp” within the finish zone, and also the penalty helped the Gators obtain the ball in Tennessee territory.
Still, Tennessee stored returning and figured it might finish in overtime for that second amount of time in three games. Franks and Cleveland did not allow it to happen.
“Becoming an adult, I usually imagined of creating that game-winning touchdown,” Cleveland stated. “To really make it become a reality is undescribable.”
The ultimate play capped a wild 4th quarter where the teams combined for 37 points and little, or no, defense.