Florida Gators - Tennessee Volunteers: Gators Handily Defeat Vols, 30-6

ThomasSenior Writer ISeptember 21, 2008

Let's recap real quick.

Week 1: Gators start off the season with a win against Hawaii, 56-10.

Week 2: Gators manages to defeat Miami, 26-3.

Week 3: Gators handily defeat Tennessee, 30-6.

In it's first away game of the season, No. 4 ranked Florida (3-0, 1-0) headed to Tennessee (1-2, 0-1) in their annual rivalry game; and for the fourth year in a row, defeated the Vols.

Ever since Gator coach Urban Meyer came to Florida in 2005, the Gators have beaten the Vols in every meeting. This meeting was no different as the Gators took charge and defeated Tennessee, 30-6.

At the opening kickoff, Brandon James returned the ball to the 52-yard line for the Gators and within minutes, the visitors had the lead. Tim Tebow, who threw 8 of 15 for 96 yards and 2 TDs, easily tossed a 2-yard pass to Aaron Hernandez for a 7-0 lead only 5 minutes into the game.

Later, Brandon James returned a punt and blew past the Vols as he ran for a 78-yard TD return. This was his fourth TD punt return in his career. The Gators were now up, 17-0, with 4:42 left in the first quarter. James also had a TD punt return against the Vols in last year's meeting.

As the third quarter came, the Gators were leading 20-0 thanks to a 40-yard field goal from Jonathan Phillips with 4:43 left in the second quarter. By this time, the home side was getting abuse from its own fans and the stadium population significantly decreased.

However, the Vols had plenty of chances to score. On more than one occasion, the Vols made it to the 1-yard line, but each time they fell apart. Matters didn't get better for Tennessee as fumbles, penalties, and an interception from Vols quarterback, Jonathan Crompton, handed the Gators the ball.

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The quarterbacks for both teams were relatively quiet for the game. Tebow had 96 yards for 2 TDS; Crompton was a bit more active completing 18 of 28 passes for 162 yards and 1 interception.

As the third quarter came to a close, the Gators scored once again, as Tebow completed a 15-yard TD pass to Percy Harvin. The score was now 27-0.

The Vols did manage to get on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, as Crompton rushed for a 1-yard TD. The two-point conversion failed and the score would become 27-6 at 14:18 left in the fourth quarter.

It was pretty much a quiet game the rest game, with the only other score coming from a 17-yard field goal from Phillips making the score 30-6.

Once again, Tebow played a minor part in the Gator's victory. Harvin had 49 yards with 2 catches and Emmanual Moody rushed nine times for 55 yards. Florida rushed for a total of 147 yards while Tennessee only had 96 yards.

The game was not without its tense moments. The Vols were penalized nine times for 95 yards and the Gators were also penalized nine times. Both teams received unsportsman-like conduct penalties two different times, as players from both sides got into verbal and physical confrontation.

The Gators will face off against Mississippi next week.