9.17.2012

Vols Fall Apart, Lose Ugly To Florida

It had the setup to be a great game, however the Florida Gators came to play and the Tennessee Vols didn't. For the first half, you could make the argument that it was a good game at the Vols took a 14-10 lead into the break. When the second half began, the Gators took over. Florida outscored the Vols 27-6 in the half and marched out of Knoxville with a 37-20 win.

What Happened?

The Vols struggled with the run all game as Florida rushed for 336 yards on the night. While senior Mike Gillislee led the Gators with 115 yards and 18 carries, it was Trey Burton that did most of the damage. His 80-yard-touchdown-run that tied the game at 20 with 3:15 left in the third quarter set-up the Gators come back. Burton also scored the Gators first touchdown of the game in the first quarter with a 14-yard scamper. The Vols also allowed sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel to run all over them as he rushed 8 times for 81 yards.

Just what kind of quarterback is Tyler Bray? The junior signal caller is referred to on a regular basis as one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC, but I just don't see it. Skill wise, Bray has a great arm, no question. However, there is a lot more to being a good quarterback than having a great arm. Bray threw for 257 yards on 22-of-44 passing. He had two touchdowns and two interceptions. Looking at the stats, it was an average game, but Bray just didn't look comfortable all night long. The calm and cool kid from California looked anything but, and that to me was concerning. Was the spotlight too big for him? I don't know. I am not about to write off Bray by any means, but with some big games left on the schedule this season, we will see if Bray can respond and prove that he is a leader for this Vols offense.

Tennessee abandoned it's gameplan and appeared to go into panic mode midway through the third quarter. While it wasn't great by any means, Tennessee abandoned the running game in the second half and looked completely out of sync. The Vols offense tried to strike big with a long play rather than move down the field in small chunks. Not only did the Vols offense fail to produce a second half big play, it couldn't get into a rhythm.

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