WATCH: Josh Heupel Discusses Loss At Florida

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    Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

    Tennessee lost its 2021 SEC opener Saturday night, falling in Gainesville 38-14 to rival Florida.

    The Vols fell behind early before a pair of long touchdown passes from Hendon Hooker to Tiyon Evans and JaVonta Payton gave Tennessee a second quarter lead.

    Florida would reclaim the lead two possessions later. Still, the Vols had a chance to tie the game at halftime when Chase McGrath’s 47-yard field goal sailed wide right.

    From there it was all Florida, the Gators dominated the second half, scoring the game’s final 28 points while out gaining the Vols 292-162.

    Postgame, Heupel discussed the missed opportunity at the end of the half, the need for his team to play cleaner football, the status and his assessment of Hendon Hooker and more.


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