Only One Stat Matters Against Florida

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.

A fan wearing a Peyton Manning jersey sits atop what is left of a goalpost as Tennessee fans take over the field of play after the Volunteers defeated Florida 20-17 in overtime in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Saturday, September 19, 1998. Florida had beaten Tennessee in the previous five years.  (AP Photo/Stephen Morton/The Gainesville Sun)

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.

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