GAINESVILLE, FLA. – Freshman Antonio Callaway cemented his name in Tennessee-Florida series lore Saturday.
Aaron Medley just missed a chance to do the same.
Callaway's 63-yard touchdown reception with 1:26 remaining gave the Gators an 11th consecutive win against the Southeastern Conference rival Volunteers, 28-27.
Callaway ran a deep curl on a fourth-and-14 play, caught the pass from Will Grier, turned outside and beat three defenders to the end zone. Fellow receiver Demarcus Robinson threw a key block down the field that allowed Callaway to score.
The Gators (4-0, 2-0 SEC) started celebrating wildly. The Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) were stunned.
"Our guys didn't panic," Florida coach Jim McElwain said. "That was good to see."
Still, Tennessee had one final chance.
Josh Dobbs, who led the Vols in passing, rushing and receiving, moved them into field-goal range. But Medley missed twice from 55 yards, once just after McElwain called timeout and then again — this time just barely wide right.
His second kick missed the upright by less than a foot, another shocking loss for the Vols.
Florida's Kelvin Taylor ran for 102 yards and two scores. Grier completed 23 of 42 passes for 283 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.
Grier, who started and played the entire game for the second straight week, was 11 of 17 for 141 yards and two scores in the final two drives, helping Florida erase a 27-14 deficit.
The Vols contributed to Florida's furious rally.
Leading 20-7, Jones mysteriously called timeout on a fourth-and-6 play with about 5 minutes remaining. Instead of settling for a field goal, the Gators sent Grier back out and he completed a 21-yard pass to Brandon Powell. Taylor followed with his second rushing touchdown.