Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel was hit on a pass that resulted in an interception and score for Tennessee. Grabbing for his ankle, Driskel soon left the field on crutches and was taken to the student health center for X-Rays.
Trailing the Volunteers by 7-3 at the end of the first quarter, things were not looking good for the Gators.
Highlighting how serious the injury to Driskel could be for the Gators' long-term prospects, he was replaced on the field by Tyler Murphy, a redshirt sophomore who had yet to throw a single live pass in a college game.
The Gators scored to make it 10-7 in the second quarter, when a fumble caused a turn-over that gave Tennessee good field position. Almost immediately, the Volunteers gave the ball back with a sloppy interception that resulted in a scoring drive for the home team.
With 37 seconds remaining in the half, the Volunteers opted to run the clock down and head to the locker rooms.
When asked if Jeff Driskel might return in the second half, Gators coach Will Muschamp replied: "Well, he's out for the game, definitely. I don't know how much past that, but this is Tyler's game."
Both teams have gotten their seasons off to rocky starts this year and are looking for a win to get things back on track. The Volunteers suffered their worst loss in over 100 years last week on the road against the second-ranked Oregon Ducks.
Tennessee has lost the last 8 times the two teams have met, taking some of the luster out of this once bitter college rivalry.