Can we just be honest with each other for a quick second?
We're all friends right?
How many of you out there were absolutely SURE that Florida was going to catch that Hail Mary at the end of the game? I'm assuming it's all of us. I wasn't even nervous. My heart wasn't racing like it normally would be at the end of a tight game. I wasn't pacing around my living room. I was ready and waiting for a wave of despair to wash over me after a Gator receiver emerged from a pile in the endzone with the football. That same wave of despair that I've become familiar with after two previous Florida Hail Mary's to beat Tennessee in recent years – not to mention the numerous other losses.
The wave never arrived. Tennessee brought six rushers on Florida's last gasp heave to the endzone. The Volunteer rushers effected Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson's base, which caused the ball to fall short into the arms of Tennessee defensive back Kamal Hadden. Game over.
Tennessee beat Florida for only the second time since 2005. The Gators put up a much stronger fight than many analysts expected – although you knew better than that, because you read this newsletter!
Let's take a look at how it happened.