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Sunday, September 16, 2012
Gators' success built from ground up

By Mark Schlabach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp, who played at Georgia and worked as defensive coordinator at LSU and Auburn before replacing Urban Meyer as the Gators' coach, knows a thing or two about playing and coaching in the SEC.

And after the Gators went 7-6 in his first season as a head coach in 2011, Muschamp knew his program needed an attitude adjustment.

"I do know a little bit about this league," Muschamp said Saturday night. "You can't win in this league if you can't run the football."

Tell that to Tennessee.

The No. 18 Gators ran for 336 yards, including 250 in the second half, to run away with a 37-20 victory over the No. 23 Volunteers in front of a sold-out crowd of 102,455 fans at Neyland Stadium. It was Florida's eighth consecutive victory over the Volunteers and 16th in their last 21 meetings.

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