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Gators defeat Volunteers after miracle

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 24 Florida Gators received a miracle late in their game on Saturday. A wild 63-yard Reception gave the Gators a 26-20 win over the No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Gators head coach Jim McElwain was being criticized late for bad clock management. He let 24 seconds go off the clock, before calling a timeout.

Feleipe Franks (Getty Images)

Feleipe Franks (Getty Images)

Following the timeout, Gators freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks threw a deep 63-yard pass to wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland, who made the game-winning reception for the touchdown in the end zone. Cleveland, a former track competitor, admitted that the reception was longest he’s ever ran in his life in the CBS Sports interview.

Franks, who went 18 of 28 for 212 yards, also threw a five-yard touchdown reception to wide receiver Brandon Powell. When this touchdown happened at 5:54 left in the game, it snapped an eight-quarter offensive scoring drought.

Gators kicker Eddy Piñeiro also made three field goals.

Volunteers junior quarterback Quinten Dormady was also intercepted by Gators cornerback CJ Henderson. He returned the ball for a 16-yard touchdown — the Gators third defensive touchdown of the season.

Dormady went 21 of 39 for 259 yards. His lone touchdown pass went to Ethan Wolf, who caught a 28-yard touchdown reception.

John Kelly, the Volunteers star running back, had 237 combined yards. He also had a 34-yard rushing touchdown.

Tennessee kicker Brent Cimaglia made a 51-yard field goal. Also, kicker Aaron Medley also made a 27-yard field goal.

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