That was how much the Florida Gators were favored in this game. Tennessee had not won in the swamp since 1971. Florida was in direct contention for the national championship and were considered the team that had the best chance to beat Miami.
The game had been postponed due to the tragedy of September 11th. It was set to be played on December 1st and would decide who would represent the East in the conference championship.
There was something brewing in the Volunteers, even before the game had started. According to Andy Staple of Sports Illustrated, defensive end Will Overstreet was quoted as saying: "If they need a pep talk, they're dead." Phillip Fulmer's pregame speech solidified this idea.
Tennessee jumped out to an early start, scoring 14 points off the back off Travis Stephens and the arm of Casey Clausen. These Gators weren't going down just yet, however, as Rex Grossman led a massive attack to make the score 20-14 before the half. It was going to be a dogfight, and both teams knew it.
Both teams came out fired up for the second half, and it got started quickly. Travis Stephens proceeded to rip a huge run down the sidelines for a touchdown, making it 21-20. Soon enough, Florida kicked a field goal, once again tipping the lead in their favor 23-21.
But the man of the night (Travis Stephens) once again proved to be too shifty for the Gators to handle, as he flew down the sidelines on a 34-yard run, which would eventually lead to a two-yard rushing touchdown by Jabari Davis. Tennessee would fail on a two-point conversion, however, making it 27-23.
Another Florida field goal made it 27-26, and it was nearing the end of the game. Tennessee knew they had to act fast, and boy did they ever. They marched right down the field, taking valuable time off the clock, making it 34-26. You could slice the tension with a knife.
Rex Grossman would give the Gators one last breath of life though. With 1:10 remaining, he would pass for yet another touchdown, making it 34-32. Florida lined up for the two-point conversion, hoping to send this one into overtime. Then, one of the best plays in Volunteer history happened.
Grossman took the snap and shuffled back, looking for the open receiver. Before he could properly survey the end zone, however, John Henderson flushed him out of the pocket, forcing him to attempt a pass to Jabar Gaffney. It fell incomplete.
Vols fans around the nation (including this one) rejoiced. The dreadful streak had ended, and it ended in the best way possible.
After the game, Fulmer addressed his team, congratulating them on proving everybody wrong. In his words, "To hell with Lee Corso!"
The win was made even better a month later, when it was revealed that Steve Spurrier was leaving the Florida Gators head coach position. His final game at The Swamp was a debilitating loss, finally forcing him to shut up about the Volunteers.
Albert Haynesworth said it best, according to Sports Illustrated's Andy Staple, when remarking about The Swamp, saying "It's The Swamp, I guess, but we made it into a little old pond today."
Truly the greatest Tennessee Volunteer upset of all time.
*Big thanks to the people who posted these videos, especially yankeefanintenn, who had the majority of them.