- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For the second consecutive week, Florida had to rally from a first-half deficit to get an impressive Southeastern Conference road victory. Here are the good and the bad from the Gators' victory at Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.
1. The wildcat bites the Vols
Florida used the wildcat formation, with Trey Burton taking the snap at quarterback, extensively the past two seasons, but it apparently caught Tennessee's defenders by surprise. Burton scored a pair of touchdowns from the formation, including an 80-yarder in the third quarter. "It was a shock," UT coach Derek Dooley said. "Nobody recognized it."
2. Halftime adjustments help
For the second consecutive week, the Gators clamped down defensively in the second half. Tennessee gained 220 yards (67 rushing) in the first half. UF, however, limited the Vols to 120 yards in the second half. UF forced one three-and-out in the first half, but four in the second, and didn't allow UT to get past the UF 45-yard line on its final six possessions.
3. Ground and pound
Florida rushed for 336 yards, which is the most the Gators have gained against Tennessee since 1977 (370 yards). UF got 115 yards from Mike Gillislee, 91 from Burton, and 81 from Jeff Driskel. The Gators averaged 7.8 yards per carry as a team.
1. Third-down struggles continue
Florida went just 3-for-13 on third down on offense against Tennessee. The Gators have struggled on third down all season and have converted just 11-of-41 third downs (26.8 percent).
2. Penalties return
Florida committed eight penalties for 78 yards, and several were especially stupid. OT Xavier Nixon took off his helmet while he was on the field, which cost the Gators 15 yards, and DL Dominique Easley was flagged for smacking UT QB Tyler Bray in the helmet.
3. Third-down struggles continue, part 2
The Gators' defense could have done a better job of getting off the field on third down. UT converted 6 of 16 third downs and went 1-for-1 on fourth down. The Gators did a better job in the second half, but allowed the Vols to convert a third-and-11, a third-and-10 and a fourth-and-5 on their second-quarter touchdown drive.