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Hooker sparks No. 11 Tennessee over No. 20 Florida, 38-33 Georgia Tech fires AD Todd Stansbury, head coach Geoff Collins AP Top 25: Tennessee, NC State join top 10; Florida State returns

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee. – Hendon Hooker threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 112 yards and scored points to lead No. 11 Tennessee to a 38–33 victory over No. 20 Florida on Saturday.

It was Tennessee’s second victory over Florida in the last 18 meetings and ended a six-game losing streak. This win gave the volunteers their first 4-0 start since 2016.

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Tennessee (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern) took control in the fourth quarter when he passed for 87 yards for a TD after fumbled by a Gators (2-2, 0-2) quarterback. Anthony Richardson.

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Richardson had a career-high 453 passing yards and two touchdowns, and scored 62 and two points at the bustling Neyland Stadium.

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Tennessee led 17-14 at halftime after a first half filled with strong offensive play from both sides.

Hooker, who has cleared his upper body injury, threw for 248 yards, including a 70-yard rush. Bru McCoy for the longest Vols game from scrum this season.

A 99-yard race culminating in a one-yard pass to McCoy by Hooker gave Tennessee the lead with 7 seconds to break.

Richardson had a career-high 220 passing yards by intermission, tied with his first TD pass of the season. Keon Zipperer broke three hand holds en route to a 44-yard score.

NOT (OR NOT) IN ACTIVITY

Left leg injury that forced the Tennessee WR Cedric Tillman the fact that he missed most of the game against Akron made him last. … Vols WR Jimmy Calloway was unable to play in the first half against the Gators with a team suspension after he was ejected last week for punching an Akron player. … Florida OT Michael Tarquin (shin injury) and long shooter Marco Ortiz did not play. …. LB Ventrell Millerwho missed the game last week with a right leg injury.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker hit a streak of 14 passes in a row, including 12 against Akron, before the misfire occurred. … In straight second quarter games, Richardson threw his first TD pass of the season for 44 yards to Keon Zipperer before Hooker for 70 yards to McCoy. … Midway through the second quarter, Richardson threw for 207 yards, a career high. … Florida only had three sacks in their first three games. There were three Saturdays. … RB Jabari SmallThe 16-yard TD reception was his first. … Florida was fourth out of five in conversions with a fourth error.

CONCLUSION

Florida: To succeed in the rest of their SEC games, the Gators need to add a dimension to their offensive offense. Once the defense focuses on keeping Richardson in the pocket, the offensive options are limited. Richardson was able to avoid the pressure and was sacked just twice this season.

Tennessee: Getting a healthy Cedric Tillman WR (leg) is a must if the Vols plan to compete against the elite in the SEC. Having this weapon is key to giving LSU, Alabama and Kentucky something to plan against.

NEXT

Florida: After playing three ranked teams in the first four weeks of the season, the Gators went on hiatus, hosting East Washington on Saturday.

Tennessee: Saturday’s open date gives the Vols a chance to catch their breath before heading to LSU and then host No. 2 in Alabama.

ATLANTA – Jeff Collins resigned as Georgia Tech head coach, fired in the midst of his fourth season after failing an audacious plan to turn the Yellow Vests into a national powerhouse through branding and promoting the culture of the big city of Atlanta.

Collins was formally fired during an athletic association board meeting two days after a 27-10 loss to Central Florida left him with a 10-28 record at Georgia Tech.

Collins, whose team is 1-3 this season, finished with a winning percentage of just .263, the lowest among 13 full-time coaches in school history.

Bill Lewis was the only Yellow Vests coach to lose his job during the season. He retired after starting 1-7 in 1994 when it became clear he would be fired.

Collins became the third Football Bowl Subdivision coach to be fired in the first month of this season. Scott Frost in Nebraska and Herm Edwards in the state of Arizona.

Georgia Tech also fired athletic director Todd Stansbury, who hired Collins and provided continued support even as losses mounted.

Tennessee and North Carolina burst into the top 10 of the AP Top 25 poll, while Florida returned to the rankings for the first time in four years.

Georgia remained in first place and received 55 out of 63 votes ranked first in the Top 25 presented by the Regional Bank. No. 2 Alabama (four votes for first place), No. 3 Ohio State (four votes for first place), No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Clemson took their places.

The sad loss of Oklahoma to Kansas State gave the opportunity to climb up, for example, Southern California to 6th place, and Kentucky to 7th.

Tennessee moved up three places to 8th place, its best finish since 2006 and its first appearance in the top 10 after weeks at ninth place in the first half of 2016. This was the last time the volunteers started 4-0. The Vols knocked Florida out of the rankings on a five-game losing streak in the rivalry.

Oklahoma remained in ninth place, while North Carolina moved up two spots to 10th. The Wolf Pack have the best ranking since they were 10th in 2002.

Texas and Miami dropped out of the rankings after losing to unranked teams and falling to 2-2. In the second half, the Longhorns took a 14-point lead to lose in overtime at Texas Tech. while Miami, who started the season at No. 16, was flipped by State underdog Middle Tennessee with four touchdowns.

While the Hurricanes and Gators were slipping away, Florida State’s No. 23 moved into place (4-0). The Seminoles have their best start since 2015 and for the first time since the start of the 2018 season. recording a streak of 69 consecutive unranked polls.

POLLS

The drought in the Florida state polls was notable, given that the Seminoles have been a staple food since the late 1970s.

Florida State’s 211-week streak from 1989 to 2001 is the third longest streak in poll history, and its 42-season streak appearing in at least one poll from 1977 to 2018 is the fourth-longest of all time.

Prior to the current drought, Florida State hasn’t had a consecutive season unranked in at least one poll since 1973-77, which was the late Bobby Bowden’s first season as a coach.

AT

Two other teams will debut in the top 25 this week:

– Minnesota at number 21 enters the rankings after defeating the state of Michigan on the road. The Gophers took first place after a short stint in 2020.

– No. 25 Kansas upset a top 10 team from Oklahoma for the third time in four seasons. The Wildcats have been briefly ranked in each of the last three seasons, up to a maximum of three weeks.

GROUP CALL

SPK – 7 (No. 1, 2, 7, 8, 14, 17, 20).

ACC – 5 (No. 5, 10, 22, 23, 24).

Large 12 – 4 (No. 9, 16, 18, 25).

Big Ten – 4 (Nos. 2, 4, 11, 21).

Pak-12 – 4 (No. 6, 12, 13, 15)

Independent – 1 (No. 19).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 10 NC State to No. 5 Clemson. The 87th meeting will be the first match of the top 10 teams.

No. 7 Kentucky to No. 14 Mississippi. The Wildcats and Rebels have played 44 times since 1944, and both ranked only once in 1958.

No. 2 in Alabama and No. 20 in Arkansas. The tide is 6-0 when both teams are ranked.

No. 9, Oklahoma, No. 16, Baylor. The Cowboys and Bears played ranked teams twice last season.

No. 22 Wake Forest at No. 23 Florida State. The only ranking meeting in 39 matches was in 2008, when Wake won.



Source: collegefootball.nbcsports.com

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