Florida's Hail Mary stuns Tennessee as rivalry heats up late

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

Granted, it was even more dramatic and carried even more desperation at the moment the ball was snapped. The Vols did not, letting Cleveland get behind them and etch his name into Florida history with the miracle at the Swamp.

Kentucky 23, SC 13 • Benny Snell Jr. rushed for two touchdowns as the visiting Wildcats (3-0, 1-0) beat the Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1).

Two weeks after losing a season opener for the first time in 28 years, the Gators are trying to avoid starting 0-2 for the first time since 1971. Franks almost didn't get the pass off - he rolled right, avoided defensive end Jonathan Kongbo, and hurled the ball a step short of the line of scrimmage, just as linebacker Colton Jumper arrived.

Francis' breakup with 56 seconds left prevented another fourth-quarter comeback by Bruins (2-1) quarterback Josh Rosen, who finished the game with 463 yards on 34 of 56 throws and four TD passes.

"It was a really fun way to end a game", Franks said. "They deserve that the most".

Florida shared its joy, as did Gators coach Jim McElwain, players and one of the school's mascots.

"It's insane", said Cleveland. It just never happened.

Mississippi State (3-0, 1-0) beat LSU for just the second time in 18 tries dating to 2000.

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. "I made it my business whatever happened throughout this game (that) I'm gonna keep playing".

"It's a team that hurts", Jones said following the loss to the Vols' SEC rival. "I'm just happy for them".

Instant Analysis now examines the Gators' thrilling last-second win over Tennessee. Florida got to dictate terms at the line of scrimmage, pushing the Volunteers guards aside whenever they felt like it. Jarrett Guarantano is not going to save this Tennessee offense from itself.

SUBPLOT: The Gators had gone eight consecutive quarters without an offensive touchdown, a streak that appeared to end when freshman running back Malik Davis rolled 74 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter.

Eddy Pineiro's two field goals trumped a 51-yarder by the Vols' Brent Cimaglia, in his first college attempt, as UF led 6-3 at halftime.

The Franks-to-Cleveland connection broke a 20-20 deadlock, made that way by Aaron Medley's 27-yard field-goal for Tennessee in the final minute.

That led to Florida getting the ball back, but it looked like they would settle for overtime after they didn't call a timeout following a long run near the first down marker by freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks.

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