GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tyrie Cleveland was one of the last players to leave Florida Field. He slapped hands, posed for pictures, and just before disappearing into the locker room tunnel, he turned and waved one final time.
Cleveland hauled in a 63-yard touchdown pass from Feleipe Franks as time expired, and No. 24 Florida stunned 23rd-ranked Tennessee 26-20 in a wild, wacky and sometimes unwatchable rivalry game Saturday.
Franks scrambled away from the rush on a first-and-10 play with 9 seconds remaining and found Cleveland behind safety Micah Abernathy for a Hail Mary that no one — especially the Volunteers — saw coming.
The final play capped a crazy fourth quarter in which the teams combined for 37 points and little, if any, defense.
No. 16 Virginia Tech breezes past ECU
GREENVILLE, N.C. — Virginia Tech made everything look easy, from its young quarterback connecting downfield with his go-to veteran to a defense that spent three quarters shutting down just about everything.
Redshirt freshman Josh Jackson threw for 372 yards and five touchdowns — three to Cam Phillips — to help the 16th-ranked Hokies beat East Carolina 64-17 on Saturday, giving them a 3-0 start for the first time since 2011.
Virginia Tech trailed 17-7 after the first quarter, but roared out of that sluggish start by scoring 57 straight points to turn this into a rout. That included 34 points and four TD throws by Jackson in the third quarter alone.