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The Gators won their ninth consecutive home game by knocking off Tennessee on Saturday.

Saturday September 21, 2013The Quick Slant: Analysis from UF's 31-17 win over Tennessee

The Gators won their ninth consecutive home game by knocking off Tennessee on Saturday.

Scott Carter
By SCOTT CARTER Senior Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators lost starting quarterback Jeff Driskel in the first quarter due to an injury.

However, they didn't lose to Tennessee on Saturday afternoon at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Florida overcame the loss of Driskel (ankle) behind the play of backup Tyler Murphy, who came off the bench to lead the Gators to a 31-17 victory over the Volunteers before an announced crowd of 90,074.


WHAT IT MEANS: Gators coach Will Muschamp, in his postgame TV interview, said Driskel is out for the season with a lower right leg injury. Driskel is expected to undergo surgery soon, meaning Murphy will take over as the team's starter. Murphy looked sharp in his debut. Now we'll see how he looks in a more permanent role and against a better defense.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Murphy looked comfortable and confident in his first game experience at Florida. He completed his first career pass to Quinton Dunbar and finished 8 of 14 for 134 yards and rushed for 84 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown run.

STAGGERING STATISTIC: The Gators need to improve on taking care of the ball. Florida committed three turnovers in the first half Saturday, giving them eight in six quarters going back to the Miami game. Florida committed only 15 turnovers in 13 games last season.

SUBPLOT: Florida's start was not exactly the one head coach Muschamp drew up. Tennessee took an early lead on Driskel's interception and then the Gators had to turn to the inexperienced Murphy with Driskel out. No problem. Murphy came in and seemed to have a calming effect over the Gators as Florida won its SEC opener following a disappointing loss in Miami. The win was Florida's ninth in a row over the Vols.

UP NEXT: The Gators travel to Kentucky in their first SEC road game of the season. Florida will try to continue its dominance over the Wildcats. The Gators have won 26 consecutive games over the Wildcats and have not lost to Kentucky since 1986. Florida's last three wins over Kentucky came while current Gators receivers coach Joker Phillips was the Wildcats' head coach.


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