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Florida Edges Tennessee

September 17, 2006|From the Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Another Florida coach has Tennessee's number.

Dallas Baker caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Chris Leak that gave Florida the lead in the fourth quarter and the Gators held on to beat No. 13 Tennessee, 21-20, on Saturday in a Southeastern Conference game.

Coach Urban Meyer's first trip to Neyland Stadium as Florida head coach was a success, and he made it two straight against the Vols. Not even Steve Spurrier, who was 8-4 against Tennessee when he was at Florida, started 2-0 against the Vols as Gators coach.

The No. 7 Gators (3-0, 1-0) preserved the victory when Reggie Nelson got his second interception of the game after Tennessee (2-1, 0-1) went for it on fourth down at the Florida 45.

Then all the Gators needed was another first down, and they got it by inches on third down with 1:22 left.

Meyer became the first Florida coach to beat Tennessee in his first two tries since Galen Hall. And Meyer joins Spurrier, Georgia's Mark Richt and Tommy Tuberville as the only coaches to beat Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer in back-to-back seasons. The Gators won last year, 16-7.

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