There was a wipe of the brow and a sigh of relief from Jonathan Crompton and Dave Clawson.
All they wanted was a feel-good finish to their spring.
They got one.
Tennessee's offense under Clawson, the Vols' first-year coordinator, remains a work in progress, but it put up big numbers in the annual Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
A crowd announced at 28,988 watched Crompton complete 13-of-20 passes for 266 yards, three touchdowns and one interception as the White beat the Orange 38-16.
"I don't know the stats," Crompton said, "but we just tried to end the spring on a good note and that's what we did."
Clawson didn't wait around to unleash his junior quarterback, either.
On the first play of the day, Denarius Moore went deep.
Crompton proved the Vols can throw long, hitting him in stride for a 74-yard pass play down the left sideline.
"That's what we wanted to do," Crompton said. "We wanted to take a shot deep on the first play depending on the coverage. It was there and that set us up the rest of the day to sling it around a little bit."
Granted, he was slinging it around against the second-team defense, but none of that mattered.
"I thought early especially we executed extremely well offensively," UT head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "It was good to see Jonathan in that kind of rhythm.
"There were some really big plays in the passing game. I thought he had a good day except for that last ball."
It's the last ball, a short throw over the middle that was intercepted by LaMarcus Thompson, that bothered Crompton more than anything.
Avoiding those mistakes will be a focus of Clawson's offseason work with Crompton.
"I think part of that is, when you're a backup, you play eight or 10 plays at a time," Clawson said. "The challenge of the starter is to play 65, 75, 85 plays at a time.
"That's a lot of the transition going from a backup to the starter. You have to come out sharp mentally and not make those mistakes the 67th, the 73rd, the 85th plays of the game. To me that just comes from repetitions."
Crompton was nearly flawless in the first half, going 10 of 14 for 233 yards and the three TDs.
He hooked up with Josh Briscoe (four catches, 72 yards) for his other two scores, an 18-yard pass and a 31-yard laser near the end of the half.
"Right away, you could tell he was a physically talented player," Clawson said of Crompton. "He can make every throw and he's athletic.
"Like any quarterback that's learning the system or taking over as the starter, a lot of it is just management of the game."
Running back Arian Foster took most of the day off with one carry for eight yards, but Lennon Creer picked up the slack with 59 yards on 10 carries, including a 3-yard TD.
The "G-Gun" package with Gerald Jones lined up at quarterback also made a couple of appearances, including a 17-yard TD pass to Moore.
The lone "Orange" touchdown came on an 8-yard pass from B.J. Coleman (9-of-13, 80 yards) to Tauren Poole.
Other scores came via the field-goal route: Daniel Lincoln a 43-yarder for the White, Deven Mathis from 30 and 45 for the Orange and Taka Koyano from 41 yards for the Orange.
Defensively, the big plays came from the usual suspects.
Sophomore safety Eric Berry intercepted Nick Stephens (6-of-17, 44 yards, two interceptions) and had a 25-yard return.
Junior safety Demetrice Morley ran back another interception of Stephens 18 yards.
"That was more of what we've seen all spring," Fulmer said. "The secondary is very talented and experienced enough now to get themselves in position to make plays.
"If they can get their hands on the ball, those two guys especially, can make big things happen."
Morley also had the hit of the day, a crunching blow on Quintin Hancock to break up a pass.
"Even though it's a spring game, it just happened, man," Morley said. "It's reflexes. I told him I'm sorry, man. He's OK."
So is the first-team offense - at least for now.
"I think we're better now than we were practice one," Clawson said, "but I don't feel like we would be ready to play UCLA next week.
"We started here, we need to get there, and we're somewhere in between. We have a lot of work to do."