Florida dominates Tennessee behind QB Trask
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask made the most of his first start in seven years, passing for 293 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 9 Gators rolled to a 34-3 win over the Tennessee Volunteers in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday.
Trask, a redshirt junior whose last start was as a freshman at Texas’ Manvel High School in 2012, finished 20-of-28 passing and threw scores to tight end Kyle Pitts and wide receiver Freddie Swain.
Lamical Perine rushed for a game-high 62 yards on 14 carries while Swain notched 67 yards on three catches.
The Gators (4-0, 2-0 SEC) forced four turnovers against their SEC East foe – three interceptions and a fumble.
Florida has won three straight over Tennessee and 14 of the past 15 meetings.
Vols junior quarterback Jarrett Guarantano completed 10 of 17 pass attempts for 107 yards but tossed a pair of first-half interceptions and was replaced by freshman Brian Maurer for much of the second half.
Jauan Jennings snared seven passes for a game-best 73 yards for Tennessee (1-3, 0-1).
Trask and the Gators’ offense started fast, moving 75 yards in five plays and scoring when he found Pitts for a 19-yard TD and a 7-0 lead just over two minutes into the game.
The Vols wasted a chance to score after recovering a fumble at the Florida 19. Jennings had a pass go through his hands in the end zone, and Florida’s Trey Dean III made a diving interception off the bounce.
Marco Wilson’s interception of Guarantano early in the second quarter led to a 41-yard drive that ended with Evan McPherson booting a 22-yard field with 10:02 left in the first half for a 10-0 lead.
After being replaced by Emory Jones for a series, Trask returned and guided the Gators on a 9-play, 61-yard drive that culminated with Perine’s fourth-down plunge from the 1 on the half’s last play, and the Gators ran off Florida Field with a 17-0 advantage.
Maurer opened the second half by efficiently moving the Vols into Florida territory on the first drive, and Brent Cimaglia’s 40-yard field goal at 11:24 put the visitors on the board.
Trask went over the top for a 29-yard scoring strike to Swain just over two minutes later for a 24-3 lead.
Dameon Pierce rushed for a 10-yard score with 11:31 left in the fourth quarter and McPherson later added a 37-yard field goal.