A sour note for the Vols with 30-27 loss

Sound of Music for Vols: Ugh in second OT, 30-27

Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter (11) and other Volunteers react to their 30-27 loss to North Carolina in the second overtime Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville at LP Field.

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Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter (11) and other Volunteers react to their 30-27 loss to North Carolina in the second overtime Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville at LP Field.

Derek Dooley on the Vols' OT loss to UNC at the Music City Bowl

NASHVILLE - It ain't over til it's over. Nobody knows that better than Tennessee in 2010.

Derek Dooley's first season at Tennessee ended on a sour note Thursday night, a heartbreaking 30-27 double-overtime loss to North Carolina in the Music City Bowl.

North Carolina's Casey Barth kicked a 39-yard field goal after one second had been put back on the clock at the end of regulation to forge a 20-20 tie.

Then Barth won it with a 23-yard field goal in the second overtime after North Carolina had ended Tennessee's possession with an interception.

Tennessee finishes 6-7 after losing a second game in which the opponent was allowed to run an extra play at the end of regulation time. The first was a 16-14 loss at LSU on Oct. 2.

The Vols appeared to have won this game 20-17 when the Tar Heels failed to get off a play at the Tennessee 18 as the clock ran out in the fourth quarter.

"I didn't celebrate this time,'' said Dooley. "I'd been there before.''

Officials reviewed the last play and put one second back on the clock, ruling Tar Heels quarterback T.J. Yates had spiked the ball before time expired.

North Carolina was penalized for having too many men on the field but was still in range for Barth's field goal that forced overtime.

Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime - UT's came on a 20-yard Tyler Bray pass to Luke Stocker.

But then Bray's third interception of the game killed Tennessee's possession in the second overtime.

The Tar Heels ripped off a 16-yard run, then won with the field goal, Barth's third of the game.

"I hurt for that whole football team,'' said Dooley. "There's a bunch of guys in there crying.

"I'm proud of 'em. They've been fighting like heck since November and they put up a good fight against a real good team tonight.''

Bray's 8-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter with 5:16 to play in the fourth quarter put the Vols up 20-17.

However, Daniel Lincoln's extra-point attempt was blocked, leaving Tennessee with a three-point lead instead of four.

That gave the Tar Heels (8-5) the chance to tie it with a field goal rather than having to score a touchdown to win.

Tennessee's defense stopped one North Carolina drive on downs with 1:36 to play. The Vols, however, couldn't make a first down and punted back to the Tar Heels.

Carolina started at its 20 with only 31 seconds to play but got a 43-yard chunk on first down - a 28-yard pass on which UT's Janzen Jackson was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul.

The Tar Heels attempted three more plays, the third of which was a run to the UT 18. North Carolina couldn't get organized to run another play and time expired, touching off a Tennessee celebration on the field and in the stands, where a crowd of 69,143 was dominated by orange.

But just like LSU, it was a premature celebration.

The Tar Heels got their extra second and kicked the field goal.

"This is gonna have to be a game ESPN Classic will be showing a hundred years from now,'' said North Carolina coach Butch Davis.

And UT's four-game winning streak was over.

Bray threw TD passes to Gerald Jones of 29 yards and Da'Rick Rogers of 45 yards in the first half.

North Carolina led 17-14 at intermission, thanks to a 58-yard TD run by Shaun Draughn, a 28-yard Barth field goal and a 39-yard pass from Yates to Erik Highsmith.

Nobody scored in the second half until the Vols moved downfield and got the go-ahead touchdown from Bray to Hunter.

But it wasn't followed by the extra point and that turned out to be a problem.

Bray finished 27-of-45 passing for 312 yards. Jones had nine catches for 89 yards in his final Tennessee game.

The lack of a running game, predictably, was a handicap.

The Vols managed 27 net yards on 29 carries. Tauren Poole cleared 40 yards to finish his junior year at 1,036 yards.

Draughn, the game MVP, rushed for 160 yards for the Tar Heels.

Yates passed for 234 yards and was intercepted once, by UT's Jackson in the end zone to prevent a North Carolina touchdown.

Yates also had a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the first overtime, a possession in which the Tar Heels started at the Tennessee 12 instead of the 25. UT had been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct - Gerald Williams removed his helmet - on the field goal at the end of regulation.

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Clad_In_Big_Orange writes:

Go Vols Forever

utband00#235574 writes:

BS...

EastTNvolfan writes:

I can't take many more games like this and LSU, my heart will give out. We lost this game many times over (missed PAT, penalties, etc). Hope we learn and hope the trolls stay off here and let us have tonight to heal,

g0v0lz writes:

We won, but we still lost.

crmcm44#321757 writes:

Lincoln lost this game.

Slystone writes:

Can someone address why this team with 3 or 4 mins left in regulation decides to run 3 running plays with no effort to get a 1st down in hopes of letting the defense hold UNC? I fault Dooley for this. I know many will point fingers at Janzen's late hit or the missed field goal, but if they had tried to get a 1st down UNC would never had gotten the ball back in regulation. Vols run the clock out and it's a win. Poor coaching on Dooley's part down the stretch.

Gart5 writes:

This has been the worst season I have (and ever will) endure. We could lose all 12 games, but none of them would be as bad as LSU or UNC.

That catch with the Janzen Jackson personal foul (which wasn't a personal foul) was so clearly not a catch and they CONFIRMED it. This season is a topper to all season past and all seasons to come for any team.

Ironcity writes:

No way a team should have to go through this twice. at least it happened when we were 6-6 instead of 12-0 or 11-1. Future looks bright Bray learned a hard lesson as did Jackson. Also what a horrible rule that rewards a team for committing 4 penalties and snapping the ball when no one is set and 15 men are on the field. I bet they change that next year. Go Vols!

utband00#235574 writes:

in response to Dead_Head_Vol:

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don't agree with everything you said...but the "bobble head" deal needs to go...a penalty in waiting

rockytopatl writes:

KNS: That has to be the worst sports headline I have ever read in my life. And I've read (and written) about a million.

voldavid writes:

1.36 left on the clock we have forgot how to run the ball ..we will get better! go vols

West_TN_VOL77 writes:

Daniel Lincoln lost the game for us boys...if not for that there never would have been an overtime....Also...was it just me or were the commentators blatantly PRO-North Carolina or what? WTF

AirForceVol2786 writes:

Great job by the young freshmen on the team. The future is bright. It will sting for a while, but Go Vols!

RaineyVol writes:

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FlagwriterVol writes:

in response to nobrainer:

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Sounds like you are a mature individual. Get a life.

92volalum writes:

DL(kicker) is the reason for this lost bottom line....

wilcox prevent defense has to go...... WTF is that

BS running plays at end of game... 3 times up the middle... I mean run the ball outside and run more time off the clock... BTW poole is average at best..

next year better get better defense and a run game or we'll be back in the music city bowl..

i'm not sure if i care if wilcox goes or not.. his calls are very suspect at critical points in the game...IMO

the way this team finishes games and the decisions made at critical times are very much like CPF years........... and that is not a good thing IMO!!!

hatcherd writes:

Is there not a clock runoff for a penalty in college in the last minute?

utband00#235574 writes:

janzen jackson played a horrible game...head just wasn't in it

newportvol writes:

at the end of the game shouldnt it of been penalty no play clock starts on refs signal????

Ringleader writes:

The game was lost with the four personal fouls, and the fifth that was not called.

RoadTrip writes:

Great refs again, huh?! I was unaware that wrestling takedowns by the Carolina O-line was legal until I watched this game. Regardless, one extra point from it not mattering how the game finished. I am happy for the contributions made by many of the seniors in the turnaround. You have helped build a foundation that will last for years. We have just got to get more disciplined and focused with better talent going forward. The future is bright.

straightshooter writes:

Hard fought game. Of course the missed extra point was huge but I was most disappointed in the conservative play calling on the last offensive possession, not trying to get a first down and run out the clock. I have seen the "coasting home" conservative play calling lose many more games than it has won over the years. In the end, the better team won. Much bigger, stronger on both sides of the ball. UT held in there with them toe to toe however. I think it is easy to see from this game they must recruit some more bigs for line play and grow what they have if they are to compete in the upper tier of the SEC.

CT_VOL writes:

Nothing surprises me anymore. As vols fans, we have seen it all! I am officially numb!

VT_Vol31 writes:

Did anyone else notice that on the reviewed catch by UNC player on last drive that he was touching white when he gained possession? Ball got knocked lose by Jackson and he bobbled it before securing it laying on the ground. But his arm and face mask were out of bounds. Usually when a player is out of bounds when he secures the ball it's incomplete...

Tau_of_Tennessee writes:

At least we went down being good sports. If you look at the play before the QB spike you will see Lathers helping up Draughn instead of lying on top of him. That one second might have meant the difference in getting the ball spiked or not. You played hard Vols and I am proud of you. It is tough break to try and come back and win a game after the ref announces the end of the game over the pa.

jobrando#216494 writes:

It appears the reality check is now in and I'm starting to gear up for another dose of the same next year but I'm afraid most Tennessee fans want accept another year of it.

graphpro#231211 writes:

Good bye and good riddance Lincoln!

Can this coaching staff finish a game without puking! 1st and 10 with a 3 point lead and the ball at mid field with only 1:38 left to go. They had to punt...

spacehistorian writes:

What a bizarre ending to a game we should have won and I thought we had won until the refs gave NoCar a second back. Then Bray who had played so well went and through the INT at the worst possible time and we lose it in OT. What a crushing low after such an exciting high of just a few minutes ago. We should have a very good team next year and Bray will learn from his mistake. I think Bray is going to be one darn good QB in the future but for tonight this loss will sting for a bit. It won't be long until once again we will hear that siren call... It's Football in Tennessee! Now onto basketball.

govols082859#1369959 writes:

just a note from the rule book.
the clock was running when the snap occurred and the penalty flag was thrown.
the fact that ball was spiked meant nothing.
Tenn should have been allowed to decline the penalty and clock started immediately and clock would have expired before another play could have been run.

West_TN_VOL77 writes:

in response to logansdad:

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lol!!!

cloudodust writes:

Bowl game basically summed up 2010. CDD has alot of work to do but with the list of Frosh and Sophs, Tennessee should get better. As always, GBO...

FlagwriterVol writes:

Extremely dissappointed at the loss; however, this team has a bright future. Lose the cockiness and become mature - from there the sky is your limit.

snuffysmiff writes:

Lack of a running game with a minute and a half in regulation time left is what lost the game. A great football team closes out that time by running the ball and using up the clock. NC shouldn't have got the ball back at all. UT should have been taking a knee with 30 seconds left.

OakRidgeBredNashvilleVol writes:

WTF?!!!!!!! Anybody else feel like it's Groundhog Day and we just played LSU...again? Funny how the refs called everything except the facemask on Bray when we were pinned deep in our own territory. The Big 10 can have their sorry @$$ refs back now. And that wasn't a completed pass during regulation. I am beyond furious.

Tilley1 writes:

Unreal, yeah we made some mistakes (missed extra point being the biggest). However, the hit against the UNC receiver was with his shoulder pads and kept him from catching the ball in bounds. How is that a personal foul? EVEN if it is, he never had possession of the ball until his helmet hit the chalk....still not a catch. And as for the so called "late hit we got away with"? Our player was knocked into him unless someone was watching a different game than I was. Pitiful refs and HORRIBLE announcers. Is there anyway to boycott ESPN & NCAA?? LOL Enough rambling, I can't wait till next year I believe we have a WHOLE LOT to look forward to, GBO!!

Rugby2 writes:

in response to Slystone:

Can someone address why this team with 3 or 4 mins left in regulation decides to run 3 running plays with no effort to get a 1st down in hopes of letting the defense hold UNC? I fault Dooley for this. I know many will point fingers at Janzen's late hit or the missed field goal, but if they had tried to get a 1st down UNC would never had gotten the ball back in regulation. Vols run the clock out and it's a win. Poor coaching on Dooley's part down the stretch.

We lost because of a missed extra point! Our defense is suppose to be able to stop a team from going 80 yards in 30 seconds with no time outs. It's the percentage play and the defense didn't stop them.

There would be no field goal attempt if the extra point was made.

The easiest of kicks from the shortest of distances. Missed!

Give Blood Play Rugby

CHITOWNVOL writes:

1:36 on the clock and NC has 2 timeouts and we run up the gut 3 times and burn no time. great coaching Dooley and nice clock mgmt Cheney. these guys lost the game, not DLink or any of the other chumps. Dooley's fault hands down. done spending my loot and time on these jokers... just sad the athletes will suffer for the decision making of this group of inferior coaches. basic math. everything in life generally comes down to it. i've had it

theoldbear writes:

Janzen Jackson's play was indeed a personal foul. Dumb play. The kind that NFL players are getting fined for every week.

There were lots of antics that didn't get called, much worse than the one that cost K-State their game.

Vols played well enough to win. But probably didn't deserve to.

Next year, if these freshmen show some maturity, will be better.

cloudodust writes:

...and a fond farewell to Line-Drive Lincoln...

rockytopatl writes:

in response to Gart5:

This has been the worst season I have (and ever will) endure. We could lose all 12 games, but none of them would be as bad as LSU or UNC.

That catch with the Janzen Jackson personal foul (which wasn't a personal foul) was so clearly not a catch and they CONFIRMED it. This season is a topper to all season past and all seasons to come for any team.

I don't see how you can say it "clearly" was not a catch. As a Vol fan, I tried to see evidence it was not a catch and I could not. However, I definitely saw confirmation that Jackson led with his shoulder pads and not his helmet on the hit, a fairly obvious development that neither announcer saw fit to notice. I guess since Davies had already chastised Jackson, he didn't have the guts to admit he'd been wrong and it shouldn't have been a personal foul.

TSCinSFO writes:

Horrible coaching by Dooley down the stretch. You HAVE to try to get a 1st down on UT last drive in regulation and the pathetic prevent D always cost you games. D lost composure getting 3 penalties and Dooley didn't use a time out to regroup. Never like hiring Dooley and he's done nothing to show me otherwise. A SICK loss for UT and we better get use to them.

g0v0lz writes:

in response to Gart5:

This has been the worst season I have (and ever will) endure. We could lose all 12 games, but none of them would be as bad as LSU or UNC.

That catch with the Janzen Jackson personal foul (which wasn't a personal foul) was so clearly not a catch and they CONFIRMED it. This season is a topper to all season past and all seasons to come for any team.

Thank God someone else saw that. I thought I was going to rip down my TV.

Great job, Big 10 refs, great job.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Please, show them how it's done...Idiot.

tvol71 writes:

in response to nobrainer:

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Only a ridiculous penalty against Jackson on a legit hit.

Tilley1 writes:

in response to Rugby2:

We lost because of a missed extra point! Our defense is suppose to be able to stop a team from going 80 yards in 30 seconds with no time outs. It's the percentage play and the defense didn't stop them.

There would be no field goal attempt if the extra point was made.

The easiest of kicks from the shortest of distances. Missed!

Give Blood Play Rugby

Yeah except for the fact that they went 80 yards in 30 seconds on a catch that was made out of bounds, you forgot to mention that. He was bobbling the ball all of the way to the ground and landed out of bounds!

West_TN_VOL77 writes:

in response to straightshooter:

Hard fought game. Of course the missed extra point was huge but I was most disappointed in the conservative play calling on the last offensive possession, not trying to get a first down and run out the clock. I have seen the "coasting home" conservative play calling lose many more games than it has won over the years. In the end, the better team won. Much bigger, stronger on both sides of the ball. UT held in there with them toe to toe however. I think it is easy to see from this game they must recruit some more bigs for line play and grow what they have if they are to compete in the upper tier of the SEC.

All very good points...How refreshing to see adult conversation on here instead of the bullsheet all the trolls and the ones who wastes their time replying to the trolls put on here all the time...

i would have to agree with your whole comment

VOL1SG writes:

The hit by Jackson that waz called a PF was BS by the officials. He did not lead with his helmet. Also, the catch should not have been called completed. The officials gave this game away.

I still love my VOLS!!!

Slystone writes:

in response to Ringleader:

The game was lost with the four personal fouls, and the fifth that was not called.

Disagree somewhat. The last minutes in regulation we made no attempt to get a 1st down. Go back and look at it. We ran three running plays up the middle playing not to lose. I sat there saying why are we doing this. Dooley made this call and it came back to bite him. You never leave time on the clock for your opponent. Everything after that went down hill.

utband00#235574 writes:

If the clock is stopped with 0:01 remaining and an offensive penalty occures, the GAME clock should run with the ball spot...correct!?!

VolHooch14 writes:

in response to Slystone:

Can someone address why this team with 3 or 4 mins left in regulation decides to run 3 running plays with no effort to get a 1st down in hopes of letting the defense hold UNC? I fault Dooley for this. I know many will point fingers at Janzen's late hit or the missed field goal, but if they had tried to get a 1st down UNC would never had gotten the ball back in regulation. Vols run the clock out and it's a win. Poor coaching on Dooley's part down the stretch.

Right on, right on, right on.

This reminded me of the Fulmer days of playing-not-to-lose and it makes me sick to my stomach. We had this thing won d@mn it! Can't blame it all on him though..totally bogus call on J. Jackson when the replay showed that he led with his shoulder.
Disgusted.

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