It finally happened. Tennessee, after years and years of losing to Florida, took down the Gators in Knoxville. It’s the first time since 2004 that the Vols defeated their SEC East rival in dramatic fashion. After falling down 21-0 in the second quarter, Tennessee ripped off 38 consecutive points and snapped the streak with a 38-28 win.
It was an emotional day for Tennessee fans, and it was an emotional day for Florida fans, although for a completely different reason. The internet knew this, so of course, they reacted exactly the way you would expect after such a big game.
Two Tennessee fans, though, probably feel pretty bad. That’s because they decided to leave at halftime when it looked like the Vols were going to get ran off the field.
Unsurprisingly, few people had more fun after the win than Vols coach Butch Jones. First, he busted out one of the weirdest lines we’ve ever heard…
…and then he stood on a ladder and had some fun leading Tennessee’s band.
Tennessee’s defense especially put the clamps on Florida. Look at how dominant the unit was while the Volunteers roared back and scored 38 in a row.
This game also had a few outstanding moments if you’re a fan of CBS Sports’ Verne Lundquist. Uncle Verne loved this long touchdown reception by Tennessee’s Jauan Jennings to give the Vols the lead over the Gators…
…almost as much as he hated this decision to call a fair catch at the one yard line late in the game by Florida’s Antonio Callaway (Gary Danielson also wasn’t a fan, but man, Lundquist was indignant over this decision).
But the person who summed this all up the best was ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, who let us all know that this was the start of a new streak.
We’ll see if Tennessee can keep this up on September 16, 2017 when it travels to Gainesville. Until then, the Volunteers are 4-0 on the season with the win, while the loss drops Florida to 3-1.