Florida Gators First Home Football Game After Hurricane Irma, hosts Tennessee

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GAINESVILLE | Feleipe Franks hurled a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tyrie Cleveland on final play of the game to lift the 24th-ranked Florida Gators to a 26-20 victory over No. 23 Tennessee on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, ending a wild final 8:36 in which the two teams combined for 30 points.

After Florida took a 6-3 lead into the locker room, C.J.

Saturday's 2017 NCAA football season games include the Tennessee Volunteers visiting the #Florida Gators. Running back John Kelly got a 34-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 13-10. Kelly celebrated the score with a defiant Gator chomp in the end zone, which rewarded by the officials with an excessive celebration flag. Instead of Florida's first offensive score in almost two games and a virtually insurmountable 20-3 lead, Tennessee had the ball back trailing by just 10. Florida was held to a total of 27 yards on the ground and saw its only touchdowns of the game come on a pair of interceptions in the second quarter.

In what was a mostly ugly game, it appeared that the Gators and Vols were destined for overtime, or possibly a long field-goal attempt by the Gators.

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Redshirt freshman Felipe Franks made his first career start against MI finishing a poor 5 of 9 for 75 yards before being replaced with Malik Zaire.

Then, with nine seconds left, Franks dropped back and evaded pressure. He would not be touched until he was mauled by his celebrating teammates.

The Vols (2-1, 0-1) needed only two plays to get that score back, on a 52-yard screen pass from Quinten Dormady to Kelly, and Dormady's 28-yard TD pass to Ethan Wolf.

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