In the first half of their SEC home opener against Tennessee, the Florida Gators had no answer for Joshua Dobbs.
Tennessee's quarterback threw for just 24 yards, but burned the Gators with a 58-yard touchdown reception on a trick play and 107 yards on the ground, including 62-yard and 29-yard jaunts, and staked the Vols to a 17-7 halftime lead.
Florida's no stranger to trailing against the Vols — the Gators have done so by at least a touchdown in the last three iterations of the rivalry. But this Florida team has struggled on offense, with Kelvin Taylor's 84 yards on 12 carries boiling down to a 47-yard run and nearly a dozen shorter carries and Will Grier completing 10 of 18 passes for a pedestrian 115 yards and an interception.
And while it felt like Florida was victimized by replay reviews early — a possible Tennessee fumble recoved by the Gators was not reviewed, and a review permitted by timeouts from both teams cost Florida two yards before a third down — it's been Dobbs doing the damage from that 58-yard pass onward.
The bright side? Florida's defensive line, led by Jonathan Bullard, has dominated in passing situations and when Dobbs hands off. But that may not be enough.