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74-yard TD wiped out when Malik Davis fumbles at goal line

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Tennessee starting LB Cortez McDowell (wrist) likely out for season

Two of the SEC's teams ranked within the Top 25 competed in #Florida on Saturday in an important early season battle. So why did he only touch the ball three times through the first 41 minutes of the game?

After seemingly sending the sport of football back a hundred years, Florida and Tennessee gave fans an ending to remember. Now they must lick their wounds and get geared up for the heart of their SEC schedule after next week's game vs Umass.

They missed three field goals and managed to score just three points on six trips into Florida territory during the game's first three quarters.

Twice, the Vols took over in Florida territory in the third quarter while trailing 6-3. Then all of a sudden both teams hit the excitement switch and combined for 37 points in the fourth quarter.

Adding to the Vols' misery were three missed field goals, all on attempts of 40 yards or longer. Instead the latest incarnatiuon of this rivalry ended dramatically in regulation when Tyrie Cleveland got behind the defense and hauled in the Hail Mary pass from Feleipe Franks.

Florida came up with a critical red zone stand when Tennessee had the ball first-and-goal at the nine-yard line, forcing the Vols to settle for a field goal to tie the score at 20 with 50 seconds left in the game.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain is thanking his lucky stars that the Gators walked away with a 26-20 win over the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday.

What a throw, and what a play to give the Gators a 26-20 win.

Franks would finish the game with 212 yards and two touchdown passes on 18-of-28 completions. "And our moment was today", receiver Brandon Powell said.

He forced Florida's Malik Davis to fumble just a yard short of a would-be 74-yard touchdown.

Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady had three interceptions, including one tipped ball that went for a Gator touchdown.

Tennessee quickly moved the ball on the tired Florida defense and John Kelly ran in a 34-yard score.

#15 Auburn 24, Mercer 10: Kamryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns as the host Tigers (2-1) overcame five turnovers to hold off FCS school Mercer (1-2), which resumed its football program five years ago and plays a division down in the Southern Conference. After talking to campus officials, the city and multiple staffing groups, the SEC determined there were enough resources and the stadium and surrounding area had avoided enough damage to play the game as scheduled.

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