The longest scrimmage run in the school’s history. Most passing attempts by a quarterback in school history with a record number of shots.
A kicker equaling a record making all five field goal attempts. A single-game school record for kickoff return yards.
You can’t say Tennessee’s players haven’t had great individual games against Florida, even though the series leans heavily in the Gators’ favor.
Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a shock that all of Tennessee’s record book performances above came in losses to Florida rather than wins.
The Vols try to reverse a frustrating trend this week when the Gators visit Neyland Stadium. Placing a “W” on the scoreboard has full priority over any entry record.
Still, let’s review some memorable Florida week individual efforts by Tennessee players.
Florida’s visit to Neyland in 1996 drew a national media crowd for a top-five showdown. The final score, 35-29, indicates that the Gators scored a tight victory. Not really.
Florida jumped to a 35-0 lead and went into clock control mode. The carnage left Peyton Manning with several flashy but empty numbers.
His 65 pass attempts are still a UT record. His 37 submissions were later matched by AJ Suggs, of all people, and Tyler Bray.
Manning’s four interceptions that day tied him with two more over a dubious academic record.
In 1977, Kelsey Finch broke a 99-yard touchdown. But it was a rare highlight in a 27-17 loss in Gainesville.
Alex Walls made all five field goals against Florida in 2000. But ‘Ol’ Ball Coach used to say you don’t beat the Gators by kicking field goals. Steve Spurrier was right that day – thanks to Jabar Gaffney’s controversial TD.
No Vol has ever racked up more return yards in a game than LaMarcus Coker’s 207 yards in The Swamp in 2007. That meant the Gators were off to a great start. Final: 59-20.
Here’s a dear exception.
The only Vol to force three fumbles in one game was Al Wilson on September 19, 1998. Creating turnovers was the catalyst for UT’s 20-17 victory in overtime. You can say that Wilson rained (or reigned) pandemonium in the Gators’ attack.
Moving on from the records, here are more efforts against Florida that are worth revisiting.
The best running game of a Vol against Florida was Travis Stephens’ 226 yards in an impressive 2001 victory at Gainesville. The silver medal goes to Travis Henry, 175 yards in 2000. John Kelly takes bronze with 141 yards in 2017.
Most passing yards against Florida was Manning’s 492 in a 1996 loss. Andy Kelly is runner-up with 392 yards in a 1991 loss. Bobby Scott threw for 385 in 1970.
Peerless Price takes receiving receiving honors with 161 in – you guessed it – 1996. Tim McGee was close behind with 157 in a 1984 loss. Stan Trott is third with 146 yards in 70.
The Scott-to-Trott game, it should be noted, was a 38-7 play in Tennessee.
McGee’s 10 receptions in 1984 are a high against Florida. Will Cedric Tillman challenge you this week?
It’s a three-way tie for the longest field goal – 51 yards – against Florida: Brent Cimaglia in 2017, James Wilhoit in a 2003 win and again in a 2006 loss. Wilhoit’s 50-yard game winner was in 2004.
Defensively, UT all-time tackle leader Andy Spiva takes Florida honors with 22 stoppages in 1976. The standout interception was Eric Berry’s 96-yard Pick Six against Tim Tebow in 2007.
Of course, records are made to be broken. More importantly, so are the rivalry’s losing streaks.
The latter will be paramount this week, however individual stats pile up.
Mike Strange is a former writer for the News Sentinel. He currently writes a weekly sports column for Shopper News.