Former UT quarterback Erik Ainge recalls Vols’ last victory over Florida

Erik Ainge
Erik Ainge

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The much anticipated game between Tennessee and Florida is only three days away. The last win was in September of 2004 when former UT quarterback Erik Ainge led the Vols to victory over Florida.

“It was the largest crowd in Neyland Stadium history. It was like 109,700 and something people. Obviously now with the changes to the stadium, it will never get that big again,” said Ainge

Ainge says he was a true freshman and there were many firsts in that game.

“It was our first two minute drill we had run in a game. We hadn’t even run one in practice yet and we ran it in the game to win the game to beat Florida. It was an experience,” said Ainge.

Ainge remembers many people crowding the sidelines before the game was even over.

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“There were so many people on the sideline I couldn’t see the game, so I had to go back and stand on the bench by the first row of fans to actually see us make the game winning kick,” Ainge said.

He says that win was too many years ago and a Vols victory over the Gators is long overdue.

“We are favored to win the game. We should win the game. I think we are a better football team, but they are really good on defense. I’m nervous. We need to win the football game,” said Ainge.

Ainge says right now the coaches are trying to keep the players focused on the game, not the hype or what’s on social media. Ainge says those players are probably ready to get out on the field.

Both the student section and tickets for the general public are sold out for this weekend’s game.

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