James Wilhoit missed the easy one to tie, then made the tough one to win it.
Wilhoit kicked a 50-yard field goal with six seconds left after missing an extra point that would have tied the game to give No. 13 Tennessee a 30-28 victory over No. 11 Florida last night in Knoxville, Tenn.
Tennessee was trailing 28-21 in the fourth quarter when freshman Erik Ainge completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jayson Swain with 4 minutes 17 seconds left. But Wilhoit, a sophomore who had never missed a point-after in his career, was wide right on the kick.
"When I missed the extra point for a second I didn't believe it. . . . I guess I just assumed it would go in," Wilhoit said. "I just had to believe that I would get another opportunity, and when I did I knew I had to make it."
After the miss, all Florida had to do was run out the clock, but the Gators (1-1) had to punt with 55 seconds left.
It was enough time for the Vols (2-0) to rally for their first win over Florida at home since 1998, the year they won the national championship. Tennessee had beaten the Gators the last two times in Gainesville, and won back-to-back games over Florida for the first time since 1970-71.
Ainge completed passes of 21 and seven yards to Chris Hannon to set up the field goal. After Wilhoit kicked it straight down the middle, the Tennessee bench erupted with players and coaches streaming onto the field. The Vols were flagged for a celebration penalty, but it didn't cost them.
"Any time you beat your rival, it's a great feeling," Swain said. "We know the past, the history and the rivalry."
The loss overshadowed a fine performance by Florida's Chris Leak, who was making his first appearance at Neyland Stadium. A record crowd of 109,061 tried to rattle him and ended up staying after the game to sing along to the umpteenth playing of 'Rocky Top.'
* MICHIGAN 24, SAN DIEGO STATE 21: Braylon Edwards helped the No. 17 Wolverines avoid a second straight upset.
Edwards caught eight passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in the third quarter of the Wolverines' 24-21 victory over visiting San Diego State yesterday.
The Wolverines (2-1) bounced back after last week's loss at Notre Dame, but it wasn't easy. They committed four turnovers and the Aztecs (1-1), who entered the game three-touchdown underdogs, missed two fourth-quarter field goals that could have tied it.
Edwards's seven-yard touchdown pass from freshman Chad Henne was the lone score of the second half.
"It hurts. We didn't come here to play tough and earn respect," San Diego State Coach Tom Craft said. "I think people know who San Diego State is right now."
* OHIO STATE 22, N.C. STATE 14: The Luckeyes' magic is alive and well.
Ohio State made up for a shoddy day offensively by forcing five turnovers, and Mike Nugent tied a school record with five field goals to give the ninth-ranked Buckeyes a road win.
A week after Nugent booted a 55-yarder on the final play to beat Marshall, Ohio State (3-0) needed more good fortune to get by the Wolfpack (1-1) for the second straight season. The Buckeyes managed only 137 yards of offense -- 35 coming on their first drive -- and converted only two of their 16 chances on third down.
It was barely enough, thanks to a bevy of mistakes by N.C. State and the strong leg of Nugent, who tied Bob Atha's five field goals in 1981 against Indiana.
Jay Davis threw three interceptions before being benched for a series, including one in the final two minutes of the first half that led to Ohio State's only touchdown. Tramain Hall muffed a punt and T.A. McLendon fumbled on the second play of the third quarter to give the Buckeyes another scoring chance.
* WISCONSIN 9, ARIZONA 7: Booker Stanley ran for a career-high 135 yards on 30 carries, including a seven-yard run for Wisconsin's only touchdown, and the 20th-ranked Badgers rallied for a storm-delayed victory in Tucson.
Mike Allen, who missed a conversion try, kicked a 23-yard field goal with 3:47 to play for what proved to be the game-winner.
Arizona drove to the Wisconsin 25 on its last possession, but a false start penalty pushed the Wildcats back. Nick Folk, who earlier missed a 43-yarder to the right, missed one from 47 to the left with 43 seconds to play.
Kris Heavner's 44-yard scoring pass to Mike Jefferson put Arizona up 7-0 with 32 seconds left in the first half, the only touchdown Wisconsin (3-0) has allowed this season.
* GEORGIA 13, MARSHALL 3: In Athens, Ga., the No. 3 Bulldogs' defense made up for a lackluster offensive showing, holding the Thundering Herd to 160 yards and seven first downs.
The only other time in Georgia Coach Mark Richt's four years that Georgia won with as few as 13 points was a 13-7 win over South Carolina in 2002. Marshall Coach Bob Pruett's attack had not been held to so few points since a 42-0 loss to Toledo in 2000.
More than one-third of the Thundering Herd's total yards came on their first play from scrimmage -- a 57-yard pass that set up a 33-yard field goal by Ian O'Connor. Otherwise, Georgia's defense was dominant, holding Marshall to 37 yards rushing.
* MEMPHIS 47, ARKANSAS STATE 35: Tim Goodwell forced a fumble and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown with 2:22 left and the No. 25 Tigers scored 21 points in the final three minutes for a comeback victory over the host Indians.
Goodwell's hit on Arkansas State quarterback Nick Noce that forced the fumble gave the Tigers (3-0), ranked for the first time, their first lead, 40-35.
After Scott Vogel intercepted a deflected pass with 1:59 left, DeAngelo Williams added a 16-yard scoring run with 59.7 seconds remaining. Williams ran for 144 yards.
* MIAMI 48, LOUISIANA TECH 0: Frank Gore and Tyrone Moss combined for three touchdowns and Devin Hester returned two punts for spectacular scores, as the No. 4 Hurricanes won big in Miami.
Ryan Moats, the nation's leading rusher who gained 257 yards in each of his first two games, carried 14 times for 81 yards and fumbled once. He had 70 yards on seven attempts in the first quarter, but did little after a few adjustments by the Hurricanes (2-0).
* FLORIDA STATE 34, UAB 7: In Tallahassee, Leon Washington ran for 104 yards and a touchdown and the eighth-ranked Seminoles sacked Darrell Hackney eight times to rebound from a disappointing loss to Miami.
B.J. Dean, James Coleman and Chris Rix scored on one-yard runs and Xavier Beitia kicked two field goals for Florida State, which was coming off its worst offensive showing in 24 years. Florida State (1-1) had 489 offense and didn't punt until late in the fourth quarter.
* OKLAHOMA 31, OREGON 7: Freshman Adrian Peterson ran for 183 yards and scored two touchdowns in his third straight 100-yard rushing performance to lead the No. 2 Sooners at home.
Peterson carried 24 times to become the first Oklahoma freshman to run for at least 100 yards in each of his first three games. His touchdowns in the second half helped the Sooners (3-0) pull away from the Ducks (0-2).
* UTAH 48, UTAH STATE 6: Alex Smith threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and the No. 15 Utes converted three Aggie turnovers into touchdowns to rout their rival on the road.
* BOISE STATE 47, TEXAS-EL PASO 31: Jared Zabransky threw for 392 yards and two touchdowns to help the visiting No. 23 Broncos (3-0) extend the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games.