KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It had been 12 years and 11 straight losses but on Saturday at Neyland stadium, the misery was over as Tennessee beat Florida in a second half thriller 38-28.
The first half was a disaster on Rocky Top as the Vols failed to score twice inside the Red Zone, and Josh Dobbs was intercepted in the end zone.
Meanwhile, the Gators Austin Appleby, who made his Florida debut, hit DeAndre Goolsby for a 3-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead.
The Gators added to that as Appleby later found Jordan Cronkrite on a 15-yard screen pass in the second quarter to take a 14-0 lead.
After Dobbs threw an interception in the end zone, Florida finished the half scoring a third touchdown while Tennessee managed just a field goal to trail 21-3 at the break.
In the second half, it was all Tennessee.
After getting booed into the locker room, the Vols found the end zone for the first time in the third quarter. Dobbs hooked up with Jalen Hurd for a 23-yard score to get Tennessee back in the game.
The momentum completely shifted towards the Vols after Ethan Wolf hauled in a 20-yard touchdown reception to cut the Gators lead to four heading into the fourth quarter.
Tennessee took its first lead of the game with a 67-yard reception from Jauan Jennings, where the wide receiver tiptoed down the sideline en route to six points.
After Todd Kelley Jr. intercepted Appleby on the Gators following possession, the Vols kept their foot on the gas.
Dobbs became the first Tennessee quarterback to throw four touchdowns in a single game since Tyler Bray in 2012 after a 42-yard pitch and catch to Josh Malone to make it 31-21.
Dobbs would tack on another touchdown late in the fourth quarter with a 5-yard run to seal the game for the Vols and move to 4-0.
Tennessee goes to Georgia next week to face a Bulldogs team that was blitzed by Ole Miss Saturday, 45-14.