GAINESVILLE, FLA. — Tennessee couldn't overcome five first-half turnovers and lost 31-17 to No. 19 on Florida.
Redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman has a forgettable first start for the Vols (2-2, 0-1 SEC). He had two interceptions and a fumble against the Gators (2-1, 1-0) and was replaced by previous starter Justin Worley late in the second quarter.
Tennessee's Justin Worley completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Pig Howard with 10:20 left in the game.
Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy kept the ball and ran for a 6-yard touchdown with 13:52 left in the game.
Florida's Matt Jones scored on a 4-yard run with 7:08 left in the third quarter.
Tennesee's Michael Palardy hit a 44-yard field goal with 12:17 left in the third quarter.
At the end of the first half, Tennessee has 31 yards of total offense.
Florida's Mack Brown scored on a 3-yard run, after Tennessee's fourth turnover, with 37 seconds left in the half.
Florida's Tyler Murphy threw a 52-yard pass to Solomon Patton with 13:23 left in the second quarter.
Tennessee leads Florida 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Florida's Austin Hardin kicked a 23-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining in the first quarter to cut Tennessee's lead to 7-3.
Tennessee's Devaun Swafford intercepted Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel and returned the ball 62 yards for a touchdown to give the Vols a 7-0 lead with 9:23 left in the first quarter.
Driskel's right ankle appeared to be injured on the play and he was seen on the sidelines using crutches.
Tennessee redshirt freshman quarterback Nathan Peterman is making his first start today.
Peterman has completed 6 of 12 passes for 40 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions while backing up Justin Worley.
Coach Butch Jones opened the quarterback competition up this week and said whoever had the best week of practice would be the starter.