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No. 19 Florida loses Driskel, beats Vols 31-17

3 years 4 months 15 hours ago September 21, 2013 Sep 21, 2013 Saturday, September 21 2013 September 21, 2013 5:29 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - After starting quarterback Jeff Driskel was lost to a season-ending ankle injury, Tyler Murphy led No. 19 Florida to five scores in a somewhat ugly game, helping the Gators open Southeastern Conference play with a 31-17 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.

Murphy had a 52 yard touchdown throw to Solomon Patton, a swing pass that went the distance, and made several plays with his legs as Florida (2-1, 1-0 SEC) won its ninth consecutive game in the series.

Murphy's 7-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter made it 31-10 and sent fans scrambling for the exits.

The Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) had hoped to rebound from an embarrassing, 59-14 loss at No. 2 Oregon a week ago. Instead, Tennessee and first-year coach Butch Jones left Gainesville with another double-digit setback.

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