Tennessee vs. Florida: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Gators

Tyler PiccottiContributor IIISeptember 21, 2013

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 15: The Florida Gators mascot works up the crowd against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee.    (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
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Florida opened up SEC play with its ninth consecutive victory over Tennessee.

Final: Tennessee 17, Florida 31

See below for complete analysis and final game grades.

For a complete box score, check out NCAA.com.


Final Analysis for the Gators

Pass Offense: He struggled with snaps on a couple of occasions, but Tyler Murphy was terrific in his first SEC game action. His strike to Quinton Dunbar along the sideline was the best Gator pass thrown all season, and he made a number of smart decisions.

Run Offense: Mack Brown provided a well-needed spark in the second half, but the story was Murphy. He made defenders miss and took advantage of the running space that opened in front of him. However, Matt Jones still looks like he is not at full speed.

Pass Defense: No Marcus Roberson, Loucheiz Purifoy or Brian Poole following his ejection, yet it was no problem. Except for Tennessee's final scoring drive, the Gators pressured the quarterback and made plays.

Run Defense: Great as well. Florida held the Volunteers to fewer than three yards per carry and didn't allow any huge runs. In turn, the passing attack was never able to find a rhythm.

Special Teams: Relatively speaking, a mess. Hardin missed a field goal from the center of the field, and Hargreaves muffed a punt in the second half. A lot of mistakes.

Coaching: There was no panic after Driskel's injury and the early turnovers. Brent Pease let Murphy utilize his dual-threat ability, and the defense did the rest.

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 21: Quarterback Tyler Murphy #3 of the Florida Gators rushes upfield in the 2nd quarter against the Tennessee Volunteers  September 21, 2013 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Me
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First-Half Analysis for the Gators

Pass Offense: Jeff Driskel's interception was ugly, and it gave the Volunteers their only points. However, Tyler Murphy has held his own under center and has shown plenty of athleticism. Aside from the snap that hit him in the helmet, he hasn't been a part of too many mistakes.

Run Offense: Nothing spectacular, and at times poor. The touchdown by Mack Brown was huge, but Florida's best runner has been Tyler Murphy. That won't cut it moving forward.

Pass Defense: Fantastic. Dante Fowler has been blowing up the backfield all afternoon, and Nathan Peterman looked scared in the pocket. The Darious Cummings interception could prove pivotal.

Run Defense: For every solid run the Vols could muster, the Gators responded with a huge play for a loss. Rajion Neal has had nowhere to go, and that only made things worse for Peterman.

Special Teams: Kyle Christy could not handle the snap on the Gators' first punt, and it gave Tennessee prime field position. However, Vernon Hargreaves has looked good in the return game.

Coaching: With all that has gone wrong, the Gators are up by 10 points. Will Muschamp and Brent Pease have done a great job keeping up the morale.