Tag:Matt Simms
Posted on: September 18, 2010 7:10 pm

Gators win in Knoxville, 31-17

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well after what was a rather lackluster first half in Knoxville, the action picked up a bit in the second half.  After the two teams combined to score only ten points and put up 164 yards of offense, things opened up a bit in the second half.

The turning point came in the third quarter when, with the score tied at 10-10, Florida lined up for a punt at their own 39-yard line.  They did not punt, however.  Instead Omarius Hines took a direct snap and took off for 36 yards for a first down.  Six plays later John Brantley found Frankie Hammond Jr. for a 7-yard touchdown and the Gators never relinquished the lead again.

Matt Simms was intercepted on Tennessee 's next drive by Jeremy Brown, and the Gators turned that into another seven points.

Things would get interesting in the fourth quarter when Simms found a wide open -- and I mean WIDE OPEN -- Justin Hunter for a 35-yard score to cut the lead to 24-17, but the Vols defense just couldn't keep the Gators out of the end zone on their next drive as Trey Burton would end the day's scoring with a 2-yard touchdown to make it 31-17.

Which is where this one would finish.  So Florida's now 3-0, and I think it's safe to say that this was their best performance of the season.

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Posted on: September 11, 2010 10:43 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 11:40 pm

Matt Simms, Tennessee in full implosion

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's hard to believe, but Tennessee led No. 7 Oregon 13-3 in the second quarter. And they looked good.

All that's long gone, though, because Oregon now leads 27-13 late in the third quarter, and Tennessee looks bad. Oregon had taken the lead on a sensational 73-yard run by LaMichael James , and Tennessee was driving to answer. Alas, Matt Simms uncorked a floater off of his back foot. and the throw was easily intercepted and taken to the house by Cliff Harris . Touchdown Oregon, and Neyland Stadium became Neyland Mausoleum.

Simms wasn't done, however, as he led the Tennessee offense backwards 13 yards on the very next drive, culminating in a 5-yard loss on a screen pass against a 3-man front. Tennessee may be only down by 14, but it's hard to imagine that this offense has 14 more points in them tonight.

UPDATE: We were right.  Tennessee didn't have 14 more points in them, in fact, they didn't even have one. Oregon had 21 more, though.  Final score: Oregon 48 Tennessee 13.

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