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article image(19) Florida tops Tennessee, but loses quarterback for season

By Larry Seely     Sep 21, 2013 in Sports
Gainesville - Florida won their SEC college football opener at home on Saturday, but it wasn't all good news as the Gators lost senior quarterback Jeff Driskel for the rest of the season with a broken leg.
Backup Tyler Murphy played well in leading Florida to a 31-17 victory in the Swamp as the junior signal caller completed 8 of 14 passes for 134 yards and a score, but he also helped on the ground, rushing for 84 yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries.
Driskel was injured early in the game, but the offense rallied around Murphy and the Gators defense held Tennessee to just 220 yards in total offense.
The win moved Florida to 2-1 on the year and 1-0 in SEC play, but the Gators still have four games against ranked opponents this season and will need to play some terrific football on both sides of the ball to stay in the AP Top 25.
Tennessee was coming off an embarrassing 59-14 loss against Oregon last week and with their second straight loss, the Volunteers will need to regroup on both sides of the ball or risk having a losing season and missing a shot at playing in a bowl game.
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