Jeff Hall's 41-yard field goal in overtime gave No. 6 Tennessee a 20-17 victory over No. 2 Florida on Saturday, ending the Gators' five-game winning streak in the series.
Florida (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) failed to extend the overtime when Collins Cooper was wide left on a 32-yard attempt, giving the Vols the victory and sending a Neyland Stadium-record crowd of 107,653 streaming onto the field to tear down the goalposts and celebrate.Florida won the coin toss and elected to go on defense first in overtime.
The Vols (2-0, 1-0) couldn't move on their possession and had to rely on hall's leg for the second game in a row. His last-second field goal beat Syracuse two weeks ago.
On Florida's overtime possession, the Gators got a first down at the Tennessee 15, but three incomplete passes forced a field goal try to push the game into a second overtime.
Florida coach Steve Spurrier rotated quarterbacks Jesse Palmer and Doug Johnson on every play throughout the game, a tactic he also used some last year.
The Vols forced four Gators turnovers and limited Terry Jackson to just 26 yards in 19 carries.
Jamal Lewis gained 81 yards for Tennessee, which relied on defense and Florida's miscues to reach the overtime. Tee Martin completed just seven of 19 passes for 64 yards.
The Gators tied it 17-17 with 5:18 left in the third quarter on Palmer's 70-yard touchdown pass to Travis McGriff, who beat cornerback Dwayne Goodrich down the left sideline on third-and-11.
Tennessee had taken a 17-10 lead two minutes earlier on Martin's 29-yard pass to Peerless Price, who won a jump ball in the end zone with Florida cornerback Dock Pollard.
The touchdown was set up when David Leaverton's punt was downed at the Gators 4. Florida couldn't move, punted from its end zone and committed a personal foul on the return. Tennessee started the possession from the Florida 28.
Florida dominated the first half with 213 yards to the Vols' 99, but fumbled the ball away three times.
With no timeouts and 31/2 minutes left in the half, the Gators drove 67 yards in 10 plays, tying it 10-10 on Palmer's 8-yard scoring pass to Travis Taylor with 20 seconds left.
The big plays were a 23-yard pass from Johnson to Darrell Jackson on third-and-22 and an 18-yard completion from Palmer to McGriff.
Tennessee took its first lead in the series since 1995 when fullback Shawn Bryson broke through a mass at the line of scrimmage and sped untouched 57 yards for a 7-3 lead in the first quarter.