Adams: A sense of loss accompanies victory

John Adams
Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty breaks into the Ohio backfield on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 at Neyland Stadium. The Bobcat defenders are Noah Keller, left, and Kody Carr. Hardesty had 20 carries for 140 yards to lead the Vols (2-2) to a 34-23 win.

Photo by Joe Howell/Special to the News Sentinel

Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty breaks into the Ohio backfield on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 at Neyland Stadium. The Bobcat defenders are Noah Keller, left, and Kody Carr. Hardesty had 20 carries for 140 yards to lead the Vols (2-2) to a 34-23 win.

Game recap: Tennessee 34, Ohio 23

Football isn't supposed to be this confusing.

You're supposed to celebrate victories and mourn defeats. But you couldn't prove it by the last two weeks of Tennessee football.

Just a week after the Vols distinguished themselves in a 10-point loss to No. 1-ranked Florida, they executed a disturbing flip-flop in a 34-23 victory over Ohio University on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium.

How disturbing?

Answer: So disturbing that you probably were having flashbacks to 2008.

Ohio's Chris Garrett returned a first-quarter kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and threatened to bust another one. UT's secondary often looked more amiss than its special teams.

Bottom line: Midway through the last quarter, the Bobcats were still within a touchdown and two-point conversion of tying the game.

For perspective, you have to check Ohio's body of work. The Bobcats were a 23 1/2-point underdog whose crowning achievement in the first month of the season was a 31-30 overtime victory over North Texas State.

For more perspective, that's the same North Texas State that got waylaid by Alabama 53-7.

UT's performance against Ohio offered more puzzlement than perspective. Remember how it tied Florida's passing game in knots a week earlier? It repeatedly suffered secondary breakdowns against the Bobcats.

Another passing game is worth mentioning. Compared to its last two outings, UT looked downright competent throwing the ball against Ohio.

But even while UT quarterback Jonathan Crompton was having his best game since the season opener against Western Kentucky, he still had the usual lapses under defensive pressure. He threw an interception and came within inches of a game-altering fumble.

If Ohio linebacker Noah Keller hadn't stepped out of bounds with one foot just as he picked up a Crompton fumble, he would have had a touchdown, and a surprising game would have been upgraded to the shocking level.

If you were going to give UT backup quarterback Nick Stephens a chance, this was your opportunity. Instead, coach Lane Kiffin basically spelled it out: "Crompton is my guy - for better or worse."

Good luck with that over the next four games when you play Auburn, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina in succession (with a one-week break between the Bulldogs and Tide).

That stretch would look less daunting if middle linebacker Nick Reveiz hadn't suffered what likely is a season-ending knee injury.

The former walk-on has emerged as one of UT's best players in his junior season. He also has picked up quickly on the nuances of new coordinator Monte Kiffin's defense and become a team leader as well.

Moreover, he has filled a position of need. UT's linebacking corps was short on experience to begin with and already had been weakened by injuries.

From the moment Reveiz went down, there was no encouraging evidence. He grabbed a knee as soon as he hit the ground, and the injured leg was dangling helplessly as he left the field.

As unimpressive as the 34-23 numbers might have looked on the scoreboard, they at least signified a victory, albeit against a Mid-American Conference opponent.

But as you watched Reveiz leave the field on crutches, you realized the Vols likely had suffered a big loss on the same night that they had achieved a small victory.

Sports editor John Adams may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com.

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chrisw2967 writes:

All I know Kiffin needs to get over the Crompton flu and get him off the field before the entire fan base turns on him.

jack_2222#231746 writes:

Lane's playcalling is predictable. With a few notable exceptions JC was in perfect position to panic. Hard to believe UT's WR's are this impotent.

Voluvr writes:

Now I know how Florida felt last week.

Voluvr writes:

They said Crompton and Stephens are the same. The difference is Crompton is a practice player. Why not give Stephens a chance to see how he reacts under pressure?...since they're both the same.

Crompton looks at his target for 5 seconds and throws 3 seconds too late. Give Stephens a chance. This would have been a good game to do it.

TommyJack writes:

I agree with Adams...nothing about the game shouts encouragement. Except maybe Hardesty/Brown.
The coaching staff on the sideline all looked like they were attending a funeral. Monte too. Lane too...especially Lane. Maybe it's time he got his face out of that plasticized play sheet and started coaching. For a guy that's supposed to have a handle on big time playmaking, he looks more like Randy Sanders. For a guy that's supposed to be a developer of quarterbacks, he looks more like an undertaker. Where's the vertical game?
And the guys on the sidelines looked like schoolkids on a field trip to a tree farm.
Hey, I'm not jumping off the train yet. Not calling for a boycott. But a litle progress shouldn't be too much to ask. Selah.

VOLKING writes:

Uh, guys....do you all have amnesia about Stephens? We went through this last year and Stephens was even worse than JC (if that is even possible) and Crompton won the starting job back. Maybe everyone looked into the flashy thing from the guys at MIB. We are as good as we can be with what we have to work with. Give it recruiting and time.

UTVOLSFAN4LIFE writes:

The Vols will be ready for Auburn. A close game like this might have been a good wake up call for us. I believe JC built up some confidence today which will hopefully pay off in the Auburn game. Ohio is definitely not Auburn but I am hoping he will grow as a QB and have a breakout game. What about that hit Jackson had today? It was a lot like the one where he knocked Florida's receiver on his a**. This kid is going to be putting opposing receivers in the hospital.

UT 24 Auburn 17

jbc writes:

Stephens looked obviously better last season. More zing on throws. Verticle throws. Just more in command in general. Considering he probably did not get any work with 1st team all spring or fall was even more impressive.

orangepridenation writes:

in response to UTVOLSFAN4LIFE:

The Vols will be ready for Auburn. A close game like this might have been a good wake up call for us. I believe JC built up some confidence today which will hopefully pay off in the Auburn game. Ohio is definitely not Auburn but I am hoping he will grow as a QB and have a breakout game. What about that hit Jackson had today? It was a lot like the one where he knocked Florida's receiver on his a**. This kid is going to be putting opposing receivers in the hospital.

UT 24 Auburn 17

love your enthusiasm. i'm happy we won, but the funny thing is, i was happier after we LOST against florida last week. that just goes to show you, our program has taken quite a fall, and we are in full swing rebuilding mode now. if i was in that locker room as a speaker i'd just simply say, go out, work hard, listen to the coaches, play your best, and have fun. maybe they'll get a lucky bounce or two this season. hope for the best. recruits are coming, things will get better.

GO BIG ORANGE!!!

T0MMYJACK writes:

in response to TommyJack:

I agree with Adams...nothing about the game shouts encouragement. Except maybe Hardesty/Brown.
The coaching staff on the sideline all looked like they were attending a funeral. Monte too. Lane too...especially Lane. Maybe it's time he got his face out of that plasticized play sheet and started coaching. For a guy that's supposed to have a handle on big time playmaking, he looks more like Randy Sanders. For a guy that's supposed to be a developer of quarterbacks, he looks more like an undertaker. Where's the vertical game?
And the guys on the sidelines looked like schoolkids on a field trip to a tree farm.
Hey, I'm not jumping off the train yet. Not calling for a boycott. But a litle progress shouldn't be too much to ask. Selah.

ROTFLMAO at you when you got what you, and the rest of the fritterati, wanted ... a new coach. What a rube you are. Go ahead - jump off the train, Richard Head.

dbc5361 writes:

in response to VOLKING:

Uh, guys....do you all have amnesia about Stephens? We went through this last year and Stephens was even worse than JC (if that is even possible) and Crompton won the starting job back. Maybe everyone looked into the flashy thing from the guys at MIB. We are as good as we can be with what we have to work with. Give it recruiting and time.

How was Stephens worse than Crompton last year? Stephens QB'd the beat down on Miss State, had the same amount of TD's with less INTs, more yards per completion and a way higher QB Rating. Why does Kiffin get the benefit of the doubt??? He's got 6 Head Coaching Football Wins!!! MAYBE HE'S WRONG.

Count_Me_In writes:

in response to HomesickVol:

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Come on Homesick, get a sense of humor. Meyer is the butt of volster's joke, not the Vols.

Georgia is 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the SEC so there's worse things to be.

VOLKING writes:

in response to dbc5361:

How was Stephens worse than Crompton last year? Stephens QB'd the beat down on Miss State, had the same amount of TD's with less INTs, more yards per completion and a way higher QB Rating. Why does Kiffin get the benefit of the doubt??? He's got 6 Head Coaching Football Wins!!! MAYBE HE'S WRONG.

Good point. Maybe he's wrong, maybe not. I'll let you know after the 2011 season.

V0LUNT33R writes:

I was sure Crompton would get the hook when he rolled the wrong way on that play action. Face it guys; Crompton is going to be our guy. I'm not sure why CLK is so dead set against Stephens, but after watching this game, I am confident that we are stuck with Crompton. The fact that he didn't get pulled from the game and taken aside for a good talking to, after that play, (at least for one series) tells me that CLK is going to ride him into the ground. It's one thing to get flustered and make a bad decision under a heavy rush, but to be the QB (the guy who calls the friggin play!) and be the only one on the whole team to run the wrong way, is inexcusable. It's one thing to try and protect this kid's psyche in hopes of him gaining some confidence; it's an entirely different matter, after 4 games of inept play and bad decision making, for him to start losing focus on top of everything else.

Things will get worse, before they get better.

Go Big Orange

mytrifecta writes:

Kiffen? WTH? At least give Stepans a CHANCE! If he's worse than Crompton at least we'll know! You are quickly loosing all the fan support you gained with your successful recruiting. We get it...we will be better in a few years. But what about today! I played backyard football tonight and Crompton would have been the 3rd qb in that game. We need wins now. Crompton is not the guy to get them. At least give soneone else an opportunity!

mytrifecta writes:

in response to V0LUNT33R:

I was sure Crompton would get the hook when he rolled the wrong way on that play action. Face it guys; Crompton is going to be our guy. I'm not sure why CLK is so dead set against Stephens, but after watching this game, I am confident that we are stuck with Crompton. The fact that he didn't get pulled from the game and taken aside for a good talking to, after that play, (at least for one series) tells me that CLK is going to ride him into the ground. It's one thing to get flustered and make a bad decision under a heavy rush, but to be the QB (the guy who calls the friggin play!) and be the only one on the whole team to run the wrong way, is inexcusable. It's one thing to try and protect this kid's psyche in hopes of him gaining some confidence; it's an entirely different matter, after 4 games of inept play and bad decision making, for him to start losing focus on top of everything else.

Things will get worse, before they get better.

Go Big Orange

shoulda read this post before making mine earlier. This is exactly right! What does it take for Crompton to get the hook? Give someone...anyone a chance at QB! No one can be worse than Crompton. He's been given a dozen chances and with the exception of WKU, he's blown every one. We barely beat a mid-tier team in a 2nd-tier conference! All because this kid can't make an F'ing play. For chrissakes...do something to salvage this season! Crompton will do nothing more than keep us within a few touchdowns of SEC teams. Earn your damn paycheck!

mytrifecta writes:

in response to mytrifecta:

Kiffen? WTH? At least give Stepans a CHANCE! If he's worse than Crompton at least we'll know! You are quickly loosing all the fan support you gained with your successful recruiting. We get it...we will be better in a few years. But what about today! I played backyard football tonight and Crompton would have been the 3rd qb in that game. We need wins now. Crompton is not the guy to get them. At least give soneone else an opportunity!

for those aspiring grammar scholars...please forgive me on this post. Just passionate about Big Orange football and want to make my point!

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

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chrisw2967 writes:

All I know Kiffin needs to get over the Crompton flu and get him off the field before the entire fan base turns on him.
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CLK, knows he has a kid who has endured much and is on the verge of a possible mental breakdown. Who wouldn't be after all JC has gone through, I suspect CLK is staying with JC to prevent what well could happen if this kid's mental state were to deteriorate further. It may cost the team but save a life. That being said, in a time when support is most needed, I hope we as Vols fan can behave humanely. It could be our kid out there and not someone else's.

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jack_2222#231746 writes:

Lane's playcalling is predictable. With a few notable exceptions JC was in perfect position to panic. Hard to believe UT's WR's are this impotent.
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First, in response to another comment, CLK uses the plastic play sheet to prevent lipreaders on the other side from seeing what plays he's calling. Some NFL coaches do it too. Now, for the above comment. CLK is keeping things simple for two reasons: 1. Limited time to install the system fully since arriving. He's had to recruit too among a host of other things demanded of a UT coach. 2. JC is being protected as stated previously in this post. If more is put upon him, we may see a complete crumbling. That's my take on the whole thing. I want to win but not at the cost of having a coach who knowingly contributes to the destruction of a kid who is giving all he has left to give and may be one step away from a terrible choice due to all the stress he's been put under.

Another Janzen Jackson oscillate-quake. He keep this up, we may see a planet-quake or some receiver's head and limbs scattered on the field. A freshman? This guy seems to have Ronnie Lott written all over him. I hope he doesn't pro by his sophomore or junior year cause I think NFL are going to notice this and fast.

V0LUNT33R writes:

I shouldn't have said 4 games of inept play and bad decision making. WKU played their hearts out, but that wasn't a real game. I correct my statement by saying 3 games of inept play and decision making.

I feel for Crompton. He's had a lot to deal with. Not the least of which is 4 different coordinators/offenses in 4 years. The Clawfense didn't help either, but he still might have been able to come back from those things. However, I think the UCLA game brought back too many ghosts. I hope I'm wrong for the team and for him. I think he works extremely hard and would do anything for Tennessee, but when the bullets start flying, he becomes frozen in the past.

volfan17 writes:

in response to VOLKING:

Uh, guys....do you all have amnesia about Stephens? We went through this last year and Stephens was even worse than JC (if that is even possible) and Crompton won the starting job back. Maybe everyone looked into the flashy thing from the guys at MIB. We are as good as we can be with what we have to work with. Give it recruiting and time.

Stephens had better numbers in 2008. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/teams/s...
Don't forget that Stephens was a sophomore and Crompton was a fourth-year junior. So, this business that Stephens was way worse than Crompton is unfounded.

VOLinDAWGland writes:

in response to jack_2222#231746:

Lane's playcalling is predictable. With a few notable exceptions JC was in perfect position to panic. Hard to believe UT's WR's are this impotent.

Not surprising to me. We haven't had a legit SEC WR since Meachem bolted to the NFL. We didn't really get any from this recruiting class but next year's appears to be finally addressing this issue.

ElizabethtonvolnNC writes:

in response to T0MMYJACK:

ROTFLMAO at you when you got what you, and the rest of the fritterati, wanted ... a new coach. What a rube you are. Go ahead - jump off the train, Richard Head.

I have to agree with you poser...all this guy has done is complain and make derogatory comments about the previous HC and now, 9 months and 4 games into the new regime...he has started grumbling about these guys.

BrassMonkey writes:

Can we go back to a world where a win is a win and a loss is a loss. Bottom line, we have beaten two teams we were supposed to beat this year, lost to one team we were supposed to beat, and lost another game to a team to a team that was supposed to beat us. 2-2 and sucks. I see 2-6 by November.

DarthVol writes:

Let's be honest. As UT fans we're in uncharted territory. Over the last 2 decades we've always seemed to get more production out of the qb position than we're getting now. We EXPECT to have some sort of vertical passing game. We don't. We're not the only ones. But there is more than one way to win ballgames. If you think that the losses will mount because of our apparent qb deficiencies once we really get into sec play...fine. To me, you're just being slavish to the idea that the only game plan that works is one that includes throwing the ball downfield.

We've got a good defense, a decent line, a good kicker and two of the better running backs in the country (potentially). I say man up and pound them. Play solid defense and field position and see what happens.

VolHooch42 writes:

in response to g8rgal:

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Nothing thrills my heart more than to see you come on here and offer your free weekly "counseling" services to the VOL faithful. Now, STHU, and go on back to the gator board and monitor Tim Tebow's headache.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to Voluvr:

They said Crompton and Stephens are the same. The difference is Crompton is a practice player. Why not give Stephens a chance to see how he reacts under pressure?...since they're both the same.

Crompton looks at his target for 5 seconds and throws 3 seconds too late. Give Stephens a chance. This would have been a good game to do it.

We saw Nick last year buckle to the pressure. I think Richardson would be as good as any to finish the year. A 6-6 season is starting to look more like a 4-8 with Crompton. If the score is close JC panics we all know that. Wish I new Kiffin's logic for Sticking with JC. I assume it's about recruiting a QB for next year and having the door wide open for the new one. He gets a free pass on this year's record but not next.

vol4good#206163 writes:

in response to UTVOLSFAN4LIFE:

The Vols will be ready for Auburn. A close game like this might have been a good wake up call for us. I believe JC built up some confidence today which will hopefully pay off in the Auburn game. Ohio is definitely not Auburn but I am hoping he will grow as a QB and have a breakout game. What about that hit Jackson had today? It was a lot like the one where he knocked Florida's receiver on his a**. This kid is going to be putting opposing receivers in the hospital.

UT 24 Auburn 17

Great Attitude Dude! Wish everynoe else here felt as you do! Thanks for boosting my Spirit! GO VOLS!

kazoo writes:

in response to VOLKING:

Uh, guys....do you all have amnesia about Stephens? We went through this last year and Stephens was even worse than JC (if that is even possible) and Crompton won the starting job back. Maybe everyone looked into the flashy thing from the guys at MIB. We are as good as we can be with what we have to work with. Give it recruiting and time.

You're completely WRONG about Stephens last year: He started four games and his passing numbers were pretty good--and no interceptions. He was better than Crompton, not worse, a lot better--and he started against bama and georgia.

HallowedHill writes:

I felt Ohio played a good game and UT rallied to beat them. We needed a close game against a solid opponent to prepare us for the next stretch in our season - and that's just what we got. Besides the loss of Nick last night, I felt good about the win.
There were 2 plays where Crompton needed to get rid of the ball and didn't, but overall, the communication between WR & QB seems improved. Our running game continues to improve. Hopefully Crompton can improve on the accuracy of his deep, play-action passes. I hated to see him miss a wide open receiver who had his man beat by a good 5 yards. Our defense continues to impress, and I love to see our guys laying the wood on anyone daring enough to try to catch something over the middle. Jackson, Miles and Berry are definitely a head-ache to opposing teams, in more than one way.

Anyone who thinks we are going to hang 60 on every unranked opponent we play simply hasn't been watching much football recently. But with the way CLK is recruiting, I wouldn't count out the possibility.

P.S. Hey Tebow, you got knocked the **** out!!! And LSU LUCKED OUT against MSU.

CHS52VOL writes:

in response to TommyJack:

I agree with Adams...nothing about the game shouts encouragement. Except maybe Hardesty/Brown.
The coaching staff on the sideline all looked like they were attending a funeral. Monte too. Lane too...especially Lane. Maybe it's time he got his face out of that plasticized play sheet and started coaching. For a guy that's supposed to have a handle on big time playmaking, he looks more like Randy Sanders. For a guy that's supposed to be a developer of quarterbacks, he looks more like an undertaker. Where's the vertical game?
And the guys on the sidelines looked like schoolkids on a field trip to a tree farm.
Hey, I'm not jumping off the train yet. Not calling for a boycott. But a litle progress shouldn't be too much to ask. Selah.

Amen, TeeJay. Amen. My feelings exactly.

JohnnyVol writes:

Hey...it just occurred to me. The offense and defensive secondary had the flu.

CapitolC writes:

LOL - Lots of gator fans must be watching our games. We're winning over their recruits AND their groupies.

Kudos to urban for hanging on every word out of Knoxville.

IT'S TIME - GBO

TommyJack writes:

in response to T0MMYJACK:

ROTFLMAO at you when you got what you, and the rest of the fritterati, wanted ... a new coach. What a rube you are. Go ahead - jump off the train, Richard Head.

At least I have the eggs to post under my own name. Maybe you didn't read my post. Not ready to jump ship. Just calling it like I see it. Sorry if I don't line up with the rest of the sheep.

Salpointe writes:

in response to HomesickVol:

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Hey man, get a life! His post was a play on what Urban Meyer said about Tennessee the week before i.e. He was mocking Meyer with his comment!

TSNVol writes:

I've got the answer. If Kiffin is going to stay with Crompton and never give Stephens a chance, maybe he can try hypnotizing Crompton. (Make him think he's Joe Montana) Hmmmmmmm!

tyler1 writes:

take 2 plays away and it is 31-9 and what does JOHN HAVE TO DO THROW FOR 500 YDS AND 10 TDS TO GET SOME COMPLIMENTS

hillsborovol writes:

Another stupid article by the KNS. You ask us to check their "body of work" and declare their "crowning achievement" to be a victory over North Texas State. Give me a break...they had only played 3 games. Exactly what was Florida's "crowning achievement" going into the UT game? Was it defeating Charlston Southern or defeating Troy? Does every article have to be so sensational? Try to present a more accurate representation of the truth. Ohio is a fairly good team and we didn't play our best game.

scott_m99 writes:

in response to DarthVol:

Let's be honest. As UT fans we're in uncharted territory. Over the last 2 decades we've always seemed to get more production out of the qb position than we're getting now. We EXPECT to have some sort of vertical passing game. We don't. We're not the only ones. But there is more than one way to win ballgames. If you think that the losses will mount because of our apparent qb deficiencies once we really get into sec play...fine. To me, you're just being slavish to the idea that the only game plan that works is one that includes throwing the ball downfield.

We've got a good defense, a decent line, a good kicker and two of the better running backs in the country (potentially). I say man up and pound them. Play solid defense and field position and see what happens.

I agree with this. We don't have a QB on the roster that can accurately throw the ball down field, and we likely don't have standout recievers that can get open either. We do however, have an awesome group of Running Backs that seem to put up good numbers every week. They catch the ball out of the backfield effectively too. Lets use that to our advantage to score points this year and hopefully we will recruit a top notch QB as well as some talent at WR in this next class.

blitzshoot writes:

Almost seems like the coaches are just trying to get through the season. The way Auburn, Georgia, SC,and Bama are playing offers a possible cruise to the wood shed. This Ohio team was not the talented squad that gave Ohio St a challenge a year ago. Shades of Wyoming were certainly apparent. Best wishes to the Reveiz kid. He was having a nice season.

chrisjenna#565645 writes:

There will always be a "What If" whrn it comes to BJ Coleman. Ihave watched him all season and no matter what team he plays on, he is a real QB. he makes reads, goes through progressions, and can make any throw. Tonight he beat a great Wofford team soundly, and looked like a 4 star QB on a small team playing with boys. Crompton shuld have left and should be playing in 1-AA, and BJ shouldnt be tasked with becoming the next Flacco.

TommyJack writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Good take.

hillbillyvol writes:

no sec wins this year.

hillsborovol writes:

in response to hillbillyvol:

no sec wins this year.

Are you talking about Kentucky?

OrangePride writes:

I am seeing posts here that say we have receivers that can't get open. Well, from where I sat tonight, I saw open receivers on quite a number of occasions. JC overthrew the wide open touchdown by 10 yards. On at least 4 or 5 others, there was an open receiver that he either didn't see or threw to the short route. Not sure I fully agree that receivers are the biggest part of our passing problems.

And just by the way CLK. Please tell me WHY OH WHY OH WHY do you allow Cunningham to continuously kick to their most dangerous return man???!!!!! The 95 yard return didn't get your attention perhaps????!!! You will notice Oku NEVER saw the ball again after he "looked" dangerous on the first return. Wake up on this!

jandjhome#228397 writes:

Except for Lincoln, our kicking game is terrible. We are going to have to live with "Wiley" Crompton like it or not. Before the season started, I felt sure we would have a winning season, now I am not so sure.

GaGATOR writes:

The difference between the Florida game and this game was painfully obvious. Ohio came in and tried to win the game, unlike the Vols last week when they ran the clock to keep from getting blow out. I guess that 13 to 23 win last week was much better than this pitiful game.

SandySpringsVol writes:

in response to OrangePride:

I am seeing posts here that say we have receivers that can't get open. Well, from where I sat tonight, I saw open receivers on quite a number of occasions. JC overthrew the wide open touchdown by 10 yards. On at least 4 or 5 others, there was an open receiver that he either didn't see or threw to the short route. Not sure I fully agree that receivers are the biggest part of our passing problems.

And just by the way CLK. Please tell me WHY OH WHY OH WHY do you allow Cunningham to continuously kick to their most dangerous return man???!!!!! The 95 yard return didn't get your attention perhaps????!!! You will notice Oku NEVER saw the ball again after he "looked" dangerous on the first return. Wake up on this!

Crompton and Stephens are both below average quarterbacks. The results are not likely to be different -- all you have to do is look at last year's performances.

With regard to the kickoff, do you know for certain that Kiffin told Cunningham to be sure to kick to Garrett? Maybe he told him not to kick to Garrett but his direction was off. And what about the other 10 people on the kickoff return team? Isn't it their job no matter who you kick to to tackle the return man and not all get so deep that once he breaks past your first coverage line there's no one else there?

Get a clue!

TommyJack writes:

in response to jandjhome#228397:

Except for Lincoln, our kicking game is terrible. We are going to have to live with "Wiley" Crompton like it or not. Before the season started, I felt sure we would have a winning season, now I am not so sure.

What are you, Jan? Some sort of traitor? Pinko bedwetter? How dare you suggest we may not win all remaining games? You probably wanted FHCPF canned, too. Shame upon you. lol

arkyvol writes:

my isp doesn't have 360 yet and i wasn't about to swing for the money to watch this kind of game on ppv, so i satisfied myself with the zipper updates espn runs across the bottom of the screen ala 1981. talk about deja vu! hadn't had those kind of bad vibes since the early days of majors--waiting for an update as the mighty vols hang on for dear life against a glorified high school team. well, back to the future!

theoldbear writes:

Remember when I posted that this team could be 3-9? Or 9-3? They've now won two of the three I thought they would win. They lost one of the ones I thought they would lose(Florida). They lost one that I thought they could win (UCLA).

With Nick our for the season, and injuries/suspensions becoming a weekly thing with the defense,winning eight more games looks less likely.

THe question is: what are they going to do with the games they could win? Auburn is definitely a "could win" or a "could lose."

It does no one any favors to jump on the dump Crompton band-wagon. If he is the best we've got, he's the best we've got.

I think the 1970 team set an NCAA record for interceptions in a single season by a defense (since broken). Will this team set a record for interceptions by an offense? I'll have to look it up, but I think they are on pace to!

It's going to be a long season, Vol fans!

GO VOLS Beat Auburn!

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