“What just happened?” That was surely the question coming from Tennessee players, coaches and the legions of fans back in Rocky Top after Feleipe Franks’ 63-yard heave to Tyrie Cleveland gave Florida a shocking win at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday. Gator fans likely had the same reaction, but with a decidedly different outlook.
With the welcome news that I-75 north of Gainesville will not close due to the flooding of the Santa Fe River, returning evacuees will now have a clearer path home. Traveling Tennessee Volunteer fans and some Florida Gator fans will also have an easier time getting to The Swamp for Saturday’s game between the two rivals. With U.S. Highways 41 and 27 still closed, a nightmarish detour was averted.
Quinn Nordin became the first Michigan kicker to make two 50-yard field goals in the same game, one of them in a quick go-ahead spurt after halftime, and the 11th-ranked Wolverines won 33-17 Saturday to hand 17th-ranked Florida its first season-opening loss in nearly three decades. The Gators had won 27 consecutive season openers, the nation’s longest such streak, since a home loss to Mississippi in 1989.
The Florida Gators’ travel squad to Arlington, Tex. for Saturday’s opener against Michigan became one player lighter on Monday. Coach Jim McElwain announced that receiver James Robinson won’t play on Saturday after being cited last week for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. When asked if Robinson might be available, McElwain emphatically said “of course not.”
Florida has suspended troubled receiver Antonio Callaway and six other players for the team’s season opener against Michigan. Defensive end Keivonnis Davis, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, linebacker James Houston, linebacker Ventrell Miller, defensive lineman Jordan Smith and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort also won’t play Sept. 2 against the Wolverines in Arlington, Texas.
More than 100,000 Tennessee fans were loudly and proudly singing Rocky Top after their 38-28 comeback win against the Florida Gators on Saturday. They may have quietly hummed a few bars of Ding Dong the Witch is Dead. After 11 straight losses to Florida, Tennessee finally walked off the field as a winner. That did not appear to be a likely scenario after the first 30 minutes. For a half, Florida fans were probably practicing their best version of The…
When we learned Florida Gators’ star wide receiver Antonio Callaway was suspended indefinitely on March 11, that’s all we knew. No reason; no hint; nothing. The official word from the university was for “violation of the code of conduct.” We did not even know when he was suspended. Thanks to some legal strategy and an ESPN report, we now know when and why Callaway was officially sent away on January 27. He, along with former quarterback Treon Harris, are accused…