KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Leading up to Saturday's SEC showdown, some doubted whether Florida had enough playmakers to keep up with the loaded Tennessee offense.
Turns out, the Gators had plenty.
Trey Burton's 80-yard touchdown run changed the momentum in the second half and sparked No. 17 Florida to its eighth straight win over the Volunteers, 37-20 at a packed Neyland Stadium.
Burton scored twice and Jeff Driskel threw two second-half touchdown passes as the Gators won a battle of two programs trying climb back up the SEC totem pole.
Trailing 20-13 in the third quarter, Burton took a direct snap and headed down the sideline, delivering a stiff-arm to Marsalis Teague on his way to the end zone.
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray would throw his second interception on the Vols' ensuing possession, setting up the Gators' go-ahead scoring drive. Mike Gillislee had a 45-yard run before Driskel went play-action and hit Jordan Reed at the front pylon to put Florida ahead 27-20 late in third quarter.
Driskel delivered the clincher with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Frankie Hammond Jr. on third down with 10 minutes left in fourth quarter.
Florida (3-0, 2-0 SEC) already has two SEC road wins and looks to be an improving team that's capable of challenging in East Division.
Tennessee (2-1, 0-1 SEC) had the momentum after A.J. Johnson scored on a short run on the Volunteers' opening possession of the second half. Derrick Brodus missed the extra-point attempt, keeping Tennessee's lead at 20-13.
Bray, the more heralded of the two quarterbacks, couldn't rally the Vols and completed only 1 of 9 passes in the fourth quarter. One of Bray's last incompletions was snagged by Tennessee coach Derek Dooley out of bounds. Dooley spiked the ball on the ground in disgust.
Driskel completed 14 of 20 passes for 219 yards and added 73 yards rushing.
Bray got off to a shaky start. He threw his first interception of the season on the Volunteers' second possession, when Florida lineman Lerentee McCray dropped back over the middle in coverage and grabbed Bray's pass.
McCray's pick set up Florida's first score, a 14-yard run by Burton out of the wildcat formation that put the Gators up 7-0 in the first quarter. It was Bray's first interception of the season.
Bray got going on the Vols' third possession, hooking up with Justin Hunter on a 41-yard completion to the Florida 18. Three plays later, he hit a slanting Cordarelle Patterson, who went inside of corner Louchelz Purifoy for the tying score.
The 2-yard completion from Bray to Patterson was Tennessee's first touchdown in the first quarter against Florida since 2004.
A back-and-forth first half was marred by 12 penalties and slowed by multiple officials' reviews.
Tennessee took the lead on a 16-play, 76-yard scoring drive that included a fourth-and-10 conversion and was capped by a 6-yard touchdown pass from Bray to tight end Mychal Rivera in the back corner of the end zone.
Driskel made two big plays on Florida's last drive of the first half, a 28-yard scramble and 17-yard completion to Solomon Patton that set up Caleb Sturgis' short field goal to cut the Tennessee lead to 14-10 at intermission.
The Volunteers will look to regroup against Akron next week before venturing into the most difficult stretch of its season. After Akron, the Volunteers go to No. 7 Georgia and Mississippi State before returning home to face No. 1 Alabama and then finish up October at No. 9 South Carolina.
Florida returns home to face Kentucky before a bye week. No. 3 LSU visits the Swamp on Oct. 6.
Notes: Tennessee retired former running back Johnny Majors' No. 45 before the game. Majors was the SEC Player of the Year in 1955 and 1956 and the Heisman runner up in to Notre Dame's Paul Hourning for the 1956 Heisman. Majors coached Tennessee from 1977 to 1992. ... Florida LB Jelani Jenkins and DB Cody Riggs were held out with injuries. ... Florida's leading rusher Mike Gillslee (groin) did not start but entered the game on the Gators' second series. ... Tennessee WR Justin Hunter tore his ACL last year against Florida. ... Touted Tennessee freshman WR Alton "Pig" Howard made his Volunteers debut after missing the first two games with a foot injury. ... The official attendance was 102,455.