Florida Gators quarterback Graham Mertz led the crew to a giant win over No. 11 Tennessee, 29-16, for the crew’s tenth straight victory at residence within the rivalry sequence.
Mertz sealed the night time with a kiss together with his girlfriend, Alexis Loomans, who was in attendance at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville to witness the victory.
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Loomans, the Miss Wisconsin USA winner for 2023, threw out the primary pitch earlier than a Milwaukee Brewers-Pittsburgh Pirates sport this 12 months.
The Wisconsin switch was 19-for-24 for 166 yards and a landing go to Montrell Johnson Jr. as a part of a 20-point second quarter. Mertz additionally ran for a landing in the identical quarter.
“Man, it received loud,” Mertz mentioned of the 90,751 who packed the stadium. “I used to be on the sideline and I could not hear my coach [standing] in entrance of me. It received rocking. … They really affected the sport.”
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The sport ended with a struggle amongst gamers from each groups. Mertz took a knee after which took exception to Volunteers defensive lineman Omari Thomas operating into him.
Benches then cleared and Tennessee defensive again Kamal Hadden and Florida lineman Micah Mazzccua squared up with one another.
“That was simply the weirdest ending to a sport I’ve ever had,” Mertz mentioned. “I suppose that is Florida-Tennessee.”
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Mertz has 692 passing yards and three landing passes in three video games this season. Florida is 2-1 and can play Charlotte at residence subsequent Saturday.
The Related Press contributed to this report.