Florida’s Austin Appleby admits Tennessee crowd impacted game

On Saturday, Austin Appleby and the Florida Gators jumped out to an early lead and appeared well on their way to yet another win over the Tennessee Volunteers.

However, the checkered crowd at Neyland Stadium had something to say about that.

After entering the half 21-3, Butch Jones’ squad came out for the third quarter ready to prove they are one of the top teams in the SEC East and ready to move on from the ghosts of losses past.

Tennessee outscored Florida in the second half, 35-7, en route to a historic 38-28 come-from-behind win.

After the game, Appleby commented on the Vols crowd, crediting them for being a factor in Tennessee’s second half run.

“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, via Orange & White Report. “I think it had a lot to do with their crowd.”

Those comments come after Appleby initially didn’t believe the Neyland crowd would be anything he hasn’t faced before.

Appleby on road experience: "I've been to Nebraska. I've been to Ohio State. I've been to Michigan State…. All the stadium's are the same"

— Jordan McPherson (@J_McPherson1126) September 19, 2016

Well, you live and you learn.

There is a reason Neyland Stadium is known for being one of the wildest atmospheres on college gameday and the Big Ten transfer learned on Saturday that game days in the SEC are a whole different world.

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