GAINESVILLE, FLA. - Chris Rainey slipped out of the backfield, caught the ball in the middle of the field and turned toward the end zone.
No one was around him. No one was going to catch him, either.
Rainey had 233 total yards, including an 83-yard touchdown catch, and No. 16 Florida beat rival Tennessee 33-23 Satur-day to extend two decades of dominance in the Southeastern Conference series.
Rainey finished with 108 yards rushing, 104 yards receiving and blocked a punt that led to a field goal. His touchdown pretty much sealed it, allowing the Gators (3-0, 1-0) to push their winning streak in the series to seven games.
"I heard about that little streak this week," Florida quarterback John Brantley said. "It always feels good to beat Tennessee."
Florida has won 16 of 22 since the Eastern Division teams started playing annually in 1990. The Volunteers (2-1, 0-1) had hoped to snap the streak with quarterback Tyler Bray, but the game ended with another Florida celebration in the Swamp.
Rainey and a swarming defense had a lot to do with it.
Rainey proved again to be the team's most valuable player. He became the first Florida player since Percy Harvin in 2007 to have 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game.
Rainey also returned three punts for 21 yards, giving him 563 all-purpose yards through three games.
"He talks a lot, but he doesn't complain about anything," first-year Gators coach Will Muschamp said of Rainey. "He works awful hard, he works extremely hard. Playing football, playing at Florida is really important to him."