Vols Lose to Florida

Vols Lose to Florida

This Saturday, Sept. 21, the University of Tennessee Volunteers faced off against their long time rivals, the University of Florida Gators in Gainesville, FL. There was not much hope for the Vols going into the game since they had experienced major upsets against BYU and Georgia State in the previous weeks. The final score of the game was 3-34 Florida. This is our 14th loss to the Gators within the last 15 years; the last time UT won was in 2004.

Tennessee wasn’t too far behind during the first half of the game, trailing only 7-0 for the most part. There was a plethora of mistakes made, however, that caused tides to turn during the game. One of those mistakes included a penalty by the offensive tackle. K’Rojhn Calbert, number 74, made a crucial penalty to stall an offensive drive. Another mistake includes an interception thrown at the goal line after a Florida fumble in the red zone. The starting quarterback, Jarrett Guarantano, was making a number of crucial mistakes during the game, missing a wide open touchdown to receiver Dominick Wood-Anderson and throwing another interception later in the game. Florida was up 17-0 at half time. 

When second string QB, Brian Maurer, was put into the game, the offense was able to score one field goal, but nothing much else was accomplished by the Vols during the game. During the fourth quarter, Coach Pruitt decided to put Guarantano back in the game, and it seems as if the coaches are not confident in either of the quarterbacks’ abilities since they both failed to score a touchdown and alternated playing time throughout the game. The Vols luckily have a bye week before their game against Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 4, to get their bearings straight and decide on a starting quarterback. 

Overall, it seems that the loss on Saturday against the Gators can be accredited to the lack of confidence within the coaching staff and the players as well as the unruly number of penalties that were committed. There is still hope in Knoxville, however, that maybe next week the Vols will come back.   



Sources: https://allfortennessee.com/2019/09/21/tennessee-football-takeaways-loss-florida/6/