With Florida leading 23-3, though, the Vols took a risk on a fourth and short on their own side of midfield — and came through with a play that should have shortened Florida’s lead ... except for what happened as tight end Austin Pope tried to get in for six.
Tennessee:— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 23, 2018
✅ went for it on 4th and 1
✅ got a wide open receiver
✅ gained 54 yards
✅ fumbled out of the end zone for a touchback ♂️ pic.twitter.com/7fNBGWt3Vt
Florida corner C.J. Henderson showed off his blazing speed on the play, recovering from parts unknown to chase Pope down. And in the process of being tackled, Pope managed to dislodge the ball from his arm with his own other hand, producing a fumble that caromed out of the back of the end zone and resulted in a touchback.
Florida would go three and out thanks to a penalty on the subsequent drive — some things never change, I guess — but Tennessee’s futility tonight has been more than enough to help the Gators take a big lead.