Florida QB Admits Neyland Stadium Crowd Affected the Game

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In the week leading up to Tennessee’s game against Florida, Gators quarterback Austin Appleby, who transferred during the offseason from Purdue, said he thought playing in Neyland Stadium would be no big deal.

On Saturday afternoon, he found out the hard way that there’s a big difference between playing on the road in the Big Ten and trying to call plays inside a sold out, frenzied Neyland Stadium.

“Their crowd got right back into it when their offense got it going. I think their defense and pass rush, especially, started feeding off of that.” Appleby said, “I think it had a lot to do with their crowd.”

To Appleby’s credit, he threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns despite the massive distractions, but almost all of that production came in the first half.

In the second half, the Gators went three-and-out on every drive but one and the checkered crowd inside Neyland Stadium clearly had something to do with that.