No defense for ending in fourth or second OT

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.

Music City Bowl game recap: Tennessee vs. UNC

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NASHVILLE - The recorders were set and it was his time to explain what was on his mind after the hectic, deja vu end to Thursday's 30-27 Music City Bowl double overtime loss to North Carolina, but Derek Dooley needed a second.

Instead of lamenting on the loophole North Carolina was able to utilize to score an extra play at the end of regulation, the Tennessee coach centered his focus on how the Vols could have avoided an ending that was ultimately put in the hands of the officials.

"There were a lot of opportunities before the end to win the game," he said. "Anytime the result doesn't go your way, the first you thing you should do is say 'What could we have done differently to change the outcome?'

"There were a lot of things there, especially down the stretch."

Prodded for a more visceral reaction, Dooley chuckled, then stuck to his earlier instincts.

"What do you say?" he asked. 'We had a lot of chances prior to that."

Those opportunities occurred as early as the first quarter and as late as the second overtime, when the Vols couldn't keep the Tar Heels off the board following freshman quarterback Tyler Bray's interception on the preceding possession.

North Carolina came into Thursday's game much like the Vols: all pass, no run. But even without starter Anthony Elzy, who was academically ineligible, the Tar Heels were able to gash the Vols early, as Shaun Draughn blew by a number of would-be tacklers on his way to an early, crowd-quieting 58-yard touchdown run.

The Vols appeared to have momentum in hand going into halftime when freshman Da'Rick Rogers hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass with 1:30 to play in the second quarter, but the Tar Heels, who struggled to do much of anything after Draughn's big run, found new life against soft UT coverage. T.J. Yates' 39-yard touchdown pass to Erik Highsmith came on a broken play where cornerback Prentiss Waggner was a good 10 yards behind Highsmith.

Daniel Lincoln's missed extra point on UT's go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter set the Tar Heels up for the hectic final seconds, allowing them the luxury to use a field goal to send the game into overtime. It was his third and final missed of his career.

"We kick a ball low on an extra point," Dooley said matter-of-factly as he shook his head.

Though the Vols stopped the Tar Heels on their initial possession following the Vols' fourth quarter score, the defense was summoned back on the field late for the fateful possession because UT couldn't pick up a first down to run out the clock. The Vols came into Thursday's game ranked as one of the worst rushing teams in the country, and they didn't do anything that surprised Dooley, gaining just 27 yards on 29 carries.

"How much did the running game affect? It's the same as every other game," Dooley said. "Inadequate. Inept."

Given an opportunity to pin the Tar Heels deep in their own territory, Chad Cunningham sailed a punt into the end zone, giving North Carolina the ball on its 20-yard line with 31 seconds to play.

Safety Janzen Jackson, who made a highlight-reel interception in UT's own end zone earlier in the half, was at the center of controversy on the final drive's first play. As Todd Harrelson caught a 28-yard pass near the sidelines, Jackson launched his body into Harrelson's back and was flagged for leading with his helmet. The net gain of the play was 45 yards and the Tar Heels were all of a sudden in UT territory.

"I didn't quite understand that but I guess that's the rule," Dooley said.

And though the game was officially announced over - before it wasn't again - senior defensive end Gerald Williams lost his cool after Casey Barth's game-tying field goal, as he tossed his helmet in disgust on his way off the field. The 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty allowed the Tar Heels to start their first overtime possession on the Vols' 10, leading to an easy touchdown that pinned the Vols against the wall.

"Our guy lost his cool and the game wasn't over," Dooley said.

Dooley, however, did not lose his cool after the final chaotic chapter of his first season at UT.

Andrew Gribble covers Tennessee football and recruiting. He may be reached at 865-342-6327. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Andrew_Gribble and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/gribble/

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TommyJack writes:

Maybe the corch SHOULD lose his cool.

Cartersvillevol writes:

Not after the game. He showed plenty of fire during the game.

FatElvis writes:

This one hurt as bad as the grass eatin Les M LSU game.

donniedem writes:

How I wish we hadn't removed NC from our schedule next year...We could/should have beat them tonight with one of our weaker teams in UT football history. And this was supposedly a strong team for NC football standards, although they have fallen short of expectations. I would love to have the chance to go to Chapel Hill and get revenge next year...But not gonna happen...I understand why we removed NC, but I still wish we had the chance for the victory in 2011. I hope we are as lucky in 2011 as we were unlucky in 2010. Go Vols!

bjrhodes01 writes:

"Substitution rules infraction" is a 5 yard penalty and "Illegal participation" is a 15 yard penalty. UNC had 12 players set (6 OL, 1 QB, 3 WR, 1 holder, 1 kicker) for the final play of the game and 5-6 running off. With both penalties occurring, the larger penalty should have been enforced. Not so sure that kick was good from 49 yards.

UTbassdrummer writes:

in response to bjrhodes01:

"Substitution rules infraction" is a 5 yard penalty and "Illegal participation" is a 15 yard penalty. UNC had 12 players set (6 OL, 1 QB, 3 WR, 1 holder, 1 kicker) for the final play of the game and 5-6 running off. With both penalties occurring, the larger penalty should have been enforced. Not so sure that kick was good from 49 yards.

so many things could've saved us, but you are 100% right and I was wondering the same thing. Illegal participation. 15 yards. LONG FG. Anyways....go vols.

Bigger_Al writes:

LSU guy throws his helmet on last play, but no penalty is called. Alabama's Cody throws his helmet while ball is in play, but no penalty. Then Gerald gets called, and they enforce it in overtime.

Three wrongs don't make a right, but...

CCLC writes:

2007 game Vols vs GameCocks... 5 seconds left....false start gives Vols 2nd chance!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cGFNCYSEsc&feature=player_embedded

volsoutwest writes:

in response to CCLC:

2007 game Vols vs GameCocks... 5 seconds left....false start gives Vols 2nd chance!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cGFNCYSEsc&feature=player_embedded

CC: You're not helping.

AlphaMan writes:

Why people think this program is going in the right direction way beyond me! The coaching seems mediocre and this year's recruiting class is shaping up to be the worst since the days of Bill Battle.

If its because of the character that Dooley is instilling, where was it at the end of the game when repeated personal fouls and throat slashing gestures (from Bray) was all the rage?

slambob2#228938 writes:

They played a good game, except for the loss of discipline on the part of Jantzen and a few others (can't believe the guy roughed the kicker on the field goal at the end of regulation).

My advice would be to let Dooley continue to develop the team and recruit, recruit, recruit.

And I think we have to use another scholarship on a kicker.

CCLC writes:

in response to volsoutwest:

CC: You're not helping.

my bad.

straightshooter writes:

All in all, coulda, shoulda, didn't. Maybe the coaching staff (especially Dooley) and the underclassman will learn something from this game. In reality, the game didn't mean much. North Carolina is and will always be a basketball ball school. Have you ever noticed the tiny stadium they have, wonder why Davis declines offers to coach elsewhere. Its because there is 0 pressure there to win and he is satisfied with ending his coaching at a school that will never challenge for a conference title.

CCLC writes:

in response to bigorangegoon:

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He was a freshman in 2007. Beat SC on a 48 yd fg with less than 5 seconds on the clock. Everyone loved him then.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Jackson's tackle on the WR looked pretty standard to me.Saw the same tackling all over the field.Wasn't like he took a shot at his head while he was defenseless in mid air.Terrible call!!

straightshooter writes:

in response to CCLC:

He was a freshman in 2007. Beat SC on a 48 yd fg with less than 5 seconds on the clock. Everyone loved him then.

I feel for the kid, it really isn't his fault. Everyone has a level at which they can perform and by now he should have been replaced. Its been a failure of multiple coaches to not improve that part of the team for years. Coach Majors always stressed the importance of a solid kicking game. No one since him has put great emphasis on that aspect of the game and it hasn't been as good since his time. On another note, I thought the punt and kickoff coverage was above average in this game. That was a positive part of their game.

BigOrangeTriedandTru writes:

I was at the game and our fans are some of the sorriest pieces of phooey that ever walked the earth. Wtf is the problem ? Our fans sit on their butts the whole game! I stood the whole second half. And our fans were trying to get me to sit down. You don't cheer foe your team on your butts! Have some nuts!

BigOrangeTriedandTru writes:

I was at the game and our fans are some of the sorriest pieces of phooey that ever walked the earth. Wtf is the problem ? Our fans sit on their butts the whole game! I stood the whole second half And our fans were trying to get me to sit down. You don't cheer for your team on your butts! Have some nuts!

straightshooter writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Jackson's tackle on the WR looked pretty standard to me.Saw the same tackling all over the field.Wasn't like he took a shot at his head while he was defenseless in mid air.Terrible call!!

Yeah, you know the broadcasters never questioned the call on the hit either. But as I saw the play over and over again, it was apparent to me he led with his right shoulder not his helment. In fact as he made the hit, his helment barely even hit the guy, rather it slid across his back! But what do you expect from this level of refs out there. Even refs in the pros get these calls wrong occasionally. They have gone to far IMO with some of the hit rules, calling plays fouls without 100% certainty they were, just on the basis of being close to illegal hits. This is diluting the game. It is FOOTBALL and football is a contact sport. Watch baseball or basketball if you don't like heavy contact sports.

volhome writes:

in response to BigOrangeTriedandTru:

I was at the game and our fans are some of the sorriest pieces of phooey that ever walked the earth. Wtf is the problem ? Our fans sit on their butts the whole game! I stood the whole second half. And our fans were trying to get me to sit down. You don't cheer foe your team on your butts! Have some nuts!

If you want to stand the entire game, please sit in the student section. You have no clue why any of the other fans are sitting, so the best recommendation is to be in a section where the whole section stands. I for one cannot stand for long due to severe arthritis in my back. It doesn't mean I don't cheer, I just do it sitting down. Many others do as well.

hueypilot writes:

Painful, yet in the scope of things, a meaningless game, for both teams. Hopefully Bray will learn things, like opening his field of vision (two int's came from players off the defender, just as his first pick 6 against sc did earlier this year, all typical rookie qb mistakes)and lay off the hand gestures that cost us 15 yards and worse, make him look like a punk on national TV.

Maybe somewhere down the line Dooley or someone can get clarification on what exactly a pass defender like Jackson can do to try and knock the ball loose from a man leaping to catch a pass. Based on what the refs called on Jackson I guess you can give him a two hand touch.
Players can be taught not to remove headgear no matter how frustrated(Williams) not to tackle the ball carrier by the helmet (Waggoner) not to abandon your receiver no matter how long the qb scrambles (Waggoner) and I'm sure a dozen other lessons.

As for Dooley, I thought he coached a decent game and a decent end of the season, and for a missed PAT and a brain cramp in Baton Rouge we'd be hailing is first season a strong success

SavTnVol writes:

in response to straightshooter:

Yeah, you know the broadcasters never questioned the call on the hit either. But as I saw the play over and over again, it was apparent to me he led with his right shoulder not his helment. In fact as he made the hit, his helment barely even hit the guy, rather it slid across his back! But what do you expect from this level of refs out there. Even refs in the pros get these calls wrong occasionally. They have gone to far IMO with some of the hit rules, calling plays fouls without 100% certainty they were, just on the basis of being close to illegal hits. This is diluting the game. It is FOOTBALL and football is a contact sport. Watch baseball or basketball if you don't like heavy contact sports.

Wasn't the penality call for launching his body at the receiver? He did leave his feet. It looked to me that he was trying a swan dive at the guy. I do believe that that IS a penality!

tennvol writes:

in response to BigOrangeTriedandTru:

I was at the game and our fans are some of the sorriest pieces of phooey that ever walked the earth. Wtf is the problem ? Our fans sit on their butts the whole game! I stood the whole second half And our fans were trying to get me to sit down. You don't cheer for your team on your butts! Have some nuts!

I'll bet you're one of those morons that stands and yells when we are on offense. Get a clue and learn the game.

RoadTrip writes:

Lincoln makes the extra point. Game over. At the end the official was to stand over the ball until TN had time to substitute as well. Game over. The official was to call illegal participation since the ball was snapped. Game over. Jackson's hit was completely legal - did not use his head or hit the opposing player in the head. Same play - after the receiver caught the ball and his foot touched the ground the ball rolled around after Jackson hit him and was still not in his possession per the rule when his helmet hit the ground out of bounds. Loss of a 20 yard completion plus a 15 yard penalty - game over. Bray was hit repeatedly in the head the whole game, tackled once by his helmet, yet only one roughing penalty called.

We were hosed badly, and yet we still should have won the game if Lincoln does his job. On to next year.

CCLC writes:

in response to straightshooter:

I feel for the kid, it really isn't his fault. Everyone has a level at which they can perform and by now he should have been replaced. Its been a failure of multiple coaches to not improve that part of the team for years. Coach Majors always stressed the importance of a solid kicking game. No one since him has put great emphasis on that aspect of the game and it hasn't been as good since his time. On another note, I thought the punt and kickoff coverage was above average in this game. That was a positive part of their game.

Spurrier had the same attitude for a long while.. Satisfied with a walk on....until he lost a big game because of lack of quality kicker. He's been real serious about it ever since.

CCLC writes:

in response to straightshooter:

Yeah, you know the broadcasters never questioned the call on the hit either. But as I saw the play over and over again, it was apparent to me he led with his right shoulder not his helment. In fact as he made the hit, his helment barely even hit the guy, rather it slid across his back! But what do you expect from this level of refs out there. Even refs in the pros get these calls wrong occasionally. They have gone to far IMO with some of the hit rules, calling plays fouls without 100% certainty they were, just on the basis of being close to illegal hits. This is diluting the game. It is FOOTBALL and football is a contact sport. Watch baseball or basketball if you don't like heavy contact sports.

but I don't think you can launch yourself (like a missile) whether you lead with your head or not. His arms by his side... he was not longer a tackler...he was a projectile and it is not allowed. If he would have wrapped up it would have been a whole lot different.
just sayin'

Jaws2 writes:

I 1st must admit I LOVE SEC football and ALWAYS root for an SEC team to win its bowl game even though I am a huge fan of another team in the SEC. Having said that, last night was the FIRST time I ever wanted to see an SEC team lose.

To watch that little cocky punk Bray do his signs after scoring each time made me puke. That kid better grow up fast and learn maybe to think more about not throwing passes to linebackers than making gestures after scoring. I actually thought he got his due crying on the sideline and I'm glad ESPN showed it up close. For that I feel no empathy, he got what he deserved, TN didn't.

RoadTrip writes:

in response to CCLC:

Spurrier had the same attitude for a long while.. Satisfied with a walk on....until he lost a big game because of lack of quality kicker. He's been real serious about it ever since.

Agree with both you guys. The mistake in coaching was made pre-season when they had Palardy working at all three jobs until he got leg fatigue to the point he lost his distance. If they had focused just on place kicking and kick offs - no punting - he would have finished the season as the place kicker and the problem would not have existed. All they had to do was watch last year's tape and see how low Lincoln kicked it in practice to know it stunk.

RoadTrip writes:

Look at the rule - it's leading with the helmet. You do not have to use your arms although it would have helped the perception had he used them.

CCLC writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

Lincoln makes the extra point. Game over. At the end the official was to stand over the ball until TN had time to substitute as well. Game over. The official was to call illegal participation since the ball was snapped. Game over. Jackson's hit was completely legal - did not use his head or hit the opposing player in the head. Same play - after the receiver caught the ball and his foot touched the ground the ball rolled around after Jackson hit him and was still not in his possession per the rule when his helmet hit the ground out of bounds. Loss of a 20 yard completion plus a 15 yard penalty - game over. Bray was hit repeatedly in the head the whole game, tackled once by his helmet, yet only one roughing penalty called.

We were hosed badly, and yet we still should have won the game if Lincoln does his job. On to next year.

please. Vols should have never been in that position to lose because of a call. They reviewed the play and they made a ruling. Sour grapes in not an attitude you should have. Just win .... make the fewest mistakes, convert 3rd downs, and make the extra point and it all goes away. If Bray was on that Kansas squad don't think he wouldn't have been penalized for all those gestures.... Somewhere a NC fan is screaming about that I'm sure.

tennisvol writes:

What has been wrong with Lincoln?

Jaws2 writes:

in response to vol1:

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I agree, his skills are the real deal. He can definitely throw the football, and I think he moves well in the pocket.

OrangePride writes:

Daniel Lincoln! Are you kidding me? After last year's debacles and "low" kicks, we make the same @#$% mistake AGAIN? On the winning TD of a bowl game? How do we lose our focus and technique at that precise time? As good as Daniel has been the majority of the time this year, I am so tired of holding my breath and then seeing us lose on one of these miscues! Really. And that said, we get how many 15 yard penalties in the last half minute? And blown coverages and just outright missed lane assignments? This is a tough, tough loss and there is a LOT of blame to go around. As far as officiating, I'm outraged by that as well. At the least, NC should have had a 15 yard penaty on that illegal participation penalty. This could easily have been an 8-5 season without some very costly meltdowns in the last minute of games. Let's see what kind of help we get in here for next year. It HAS to be looking brighter for the future.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to tennisvol:

What has been wrong with Lincoln?

Our kicker spends the last 2 weeks doing nothing but practicing place kicks; then kicks a XP practically at the defenses head..absolutely;positively NO excuse for that!!!!!Any HS kicker can quick a lousy XP

OrangePride writes:

in response to CCLC:

please. Vols should have never been in that position to lose because of a call. They reviewed the play and they made a ruling. Sour grapes in not an attitude you should have. Just win .... make the fewest mistakes, convert 3rd downs, and make the extra point and it all goes away. If Bray was on that Kansas squad don't think he wouldn't have been penalized for all those gestures.... Somewhere a NC fan is screaming about that I'm sure.

I hate to agree on this, but you are right! Tennessee put themselves in the position to allow officiating to even be a factor. Stupid penalties, blown assignments, missed extra points, and just outright panic in the last minute of play cost us the game. I suppose we can use "youth" as an excuse except that some of the most aggregious miscues came from the upperclassmen and leaders. And Bray should have gotten at least two or three penalties for his dumb antics! I was very disappointed at the way he made Tennessee look on national TV. The coaches need a LONG sit down with him AND a couple of others about handling themselves on the field. I'm proud of the VOLS overall effort because they played their hearts out.....just not happy with the final result!

Smokey91 writes:

The way the game ended hurts as bad as any loss that I can remember and I have been following the Vols since the 1960s. Even though we are all getting caught up in the aftermath of the Tarheels being awarded for having too many men on the field, if I were not a Vol fan, I think that I may had just seen the best game of the bowl season. The boys played hard and if not for a couple big plays, we end up winning, but that's football. I know Jackson got hit with a major penalty in a clutch situation, but it was not that long ago that a hit like that would have been applauded as a great tackle. He knocked that guy for a loop and I am not sure that the refs got the call right. Their review of the play cost the Vols precious seconds. Without the review, the Tarheels are down to 14 seconds.

My hopes for the 2011 season.
1. Players develop some class and quit showboating or pulling dumb antics that hurt the team (ie. throwing the helmet, slashing the throat).
2. That we learn how to finish games like champions and play to win instead of the way Dooley called plays when the win was ours for the taking
3. That we develop a running game, along with an O Line that can protect and run block.
4. That the Bearden kid and linebackers with speed will add some excitment to the return game.
5. That we do not have to endure another loss like this. Twice in a life time is hard enough to swallow, but twice in one season.

Maybe we are cursed. I do believe that Dooley will have more to work with next year so a winning season is not too much to hope for. We almost got it this year despite all the problems.

Tough loss, some poor coaching at times, but a very hard fought game. Good ganme Vols. Best wishes to the seniors, even to Daniel Lincoln, even thought your consistentcy in missing clutch kicks (UCLA, Alabama, UNC) will not be missed.

esarmstrong#231516 writes:

in response to tennisvol:

What has been wrong with Lincoln?

Not sure, but I think he must have some kind of chronic problem from that leg injury he sustained a year ago and then "reinjured" after about two games this year. In light of all that I'm not sure what that says about our other options if he is still the best we have.

I'm sure glad he gets his degree after this season. At least he will help the team's graduation rate and GPA.

volsoutwest writes:

in response to Smokey91:

The way the game ended hurts as bad as any loss that I can remember and I have been following the Vols since the 1960s. Even though we are all getting caught up in the aftermath of the Tarheels being awarded for having too many men on the field, if I were not a Vol fan, I think that I may had just seen the best game of the bowl season. The boys played hard and if not for a couple big plays, we end up winning, but that's football. I know Jackson got hit with a major penalty in a clutch situation, but it was not that long ago that a hit like that would have been applauded as a great tackle. He knocked that guy for a loop and I am not sure that the refs got the call right. Their review of the play cost the Vols precious seconds. Without the review, the Tarheels are down to 14 seconds.

My hopes for the 2011 season.
1. Players develop some class and quit showboating or pulling dumb antics that hurt the team (ie. throwing the helmet, slashing the throat).
2. That we learn how to finish games like champions and play to win instead of the way Dooley called plays when the win was ours for the taking
3. That we develop a running game, along with an O Line that can protect and run block.
4. That the Bearden kid and linebackers with speed will add some excitment to the return game.
5. That we do not have to endure another loss like this. Twice in a life time is hard enough to swallow, but twice in one season.

Maybe we are cursed. I do believe that Dooley will have more to work with next year so a winning season is not too much to hope for. We almost got it this year despite all the problems.

Tough loss, some poor coaching at times, but a very hard fought game. Good ganme Vols. Best wishes to the seniors, even to Daniel Lincoln, even thought your consistentcy in missing clutch kicks (UCLA, Alabama, UNC) will not be missed.

Pretty much agree. I think if we solve no. 3 then for the most part, no. 2 is resolved. Didn't really disagree with the calling at the time, just wished we had gained a few more yards and ran a little more clock. Let's face it: our running game needs big improvement going into next year.

huntined#565710 writes:

Biggest factors in the game was missed extra point and not trying to get a first down with about a min and half to go...they knew N.C. had time-outs to use and give them credit they did..
In the last few min TENN played not to lose but N.C. played to win.. Tenn. should have had that same mindset when they had the ball at the end of the reg. game

Futurecoach16 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Maybe the corch SHOULD lose his cool.

Why? To show that he's immature, can't handle a loss? What possible good could come from Dooley flying off the handle?

volfaninohio writes:

Well the 2010 season is finally over. I'm not one to point fingers but the end of regulation was a bad call. And I didn't agree with CDD wanting to be on defense the beginning of the second OT given the penalty yardage accessed. But bottom line is once again we put ourselves in the position to allow a few bad calls affect the final outcome.

Hopefully the players and coaches learned a lot this season. It appears as they did given the fact they didn't quit at half time. DaRick Rogers looked good last night and I thought it was his best game this year.

Let's see what happens on NSD and look forward to the 2011 and hope we will see significant improvement.

Anyone heard any more about Wilcox? I figured I'd see something this morning if he was leaving.

GO VOLS

volhome writes:

in response to CCLC:

please. Vols should have never been in that position to lose because of a call. They reviewed the play and they made a ruling. Sour grapes in not an attitude you should have. Just win .... make the fewest mistakes, convert 3rd downs, and make the extra point and it all goes away. If Bray was on that Kansas squad don't think he wouldn't have been penalized for all those gestures.... Somewhere a NC fan is screaming about that I'm sure.

As pointed out by RoadTrip, it wasn't just one call. It was a chain of events. And he is right about all of them. Truth is Truth, no matter wha side you look at it from. And his post started with Lincoln's missed extra point, so it wasn't all questioning the refs. Just that in this case there was plenty of reason to do so.

givehim6 writes:

The one thing that bothers me most about last nights game is it could have ended up a W, on UT's last possession before O/T we tried running the ball 3 times in a row witch we had not had much luck with the run game all night, why not throw the ball a time or two, got a first dow or two. Then kenneled on the ball to run the clock out, game over! UT wins! NFL does it all the time.

ghawk writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Maybe the corch SHOULD lose his cool.

What would that have done? The players were playing with great effort...couldn't keep their cool and didn't play smart....way too many personal fouls. The coach should stay cool and in control...a lot of huff and puff wouldn't have helped anything. If not for a low extra point kick, we probably win. Too many personal fouls and I understand how hard they were playing and with a lot of passion, but just too many mistakes. For what they have had to deal with this year, I think they have done a great job. I would never have thought that they would even be in a bowl game. Imo they are well coached and with good recruiting this year and next, we will be back where we want to be.

OrangePsyched writes:

Bray and the receivers have done the loco thing since the memphis game. The salute he gave was to Da'Rick after his touchdown and his salute to the crowd. The throat slash is unacceptable though he and everyone were still upset with the end of regulation. Players thought they were hosed and a lot of smack going on. We all know that Tyler is a good kid and not a me sort of fellow. It was out of character and in the moment. I'm encouraged about this year and look forward to September 11. This train's on track. GBO!

lawvol writes:

in response to OrangePride:

I hate to agree on this, but you are right! Tennessee put themselves in the position to allow officiating to even be a factor. Stupid penalties, blown assignments, missed extra points, and just outright panic in the last minute of play cost us the game. I suppose we can use "youth" as an excuse except that some of the most aggregious miscues came from the upperclassmen and leaders. And Bray should have gotten at least two or three penalties for his dumb antics! I was very disappointed at the way he made Tennessee look on national TV. The coaches need a LONG sit down with him AND a couple of others about handling themselves on the field. I'm proud of the VOLS overall effort because they played their hearts out.....just not happy with the final result!

You shouldn't have to make sure you win every game by two touchdowns to ensure that officiating won't be a factor. Bottom line, you play your best, leave it all on the field, and hope it is enough. Games are close sometimes, but that doesn't mean that bad calls are ok because you didn't rock your opponent or your players/coaches made some mistakes that kept you from icing the game.

tvol71 writes:

Got to have a running game next year! GBO!

tomkats3242 writes:

in response to vol1:

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The coaching stunk. Our players are boys not men and the few men on the team are afraid of the boys. Our sportsmanship stinks and several players need to be back in highschool playing not at UT. Cut them and explain the rules to the players and what happens when they don't honor UT. FIRE Mike Hamilton asap. Tickets are going up again.

shawn0521 writes:

Just a thought, if anyone noticed in the LSU game Tenn got a illegal participation penalty which by rule is 15 yards so why did UNC not get the same penalty and backed them up 15 yards instead of 5, not saying he would have missed the kick but it would have been a little longer. But then why did we put ourselves in that position. Young team=mistakes, the future looks alot better than it did this time last year.

AlphaMan1 writes:

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True, but the problem isn't one of effort by the players. My point is that we're beginning to see signs that this guy may be a little over his head.

The biggest red flag is the current recruiting class. In a year when we're suppose to be rebuilding, we can only manage to rank 22nd so far by Rivals?

Here's another flag...Answer this: Compared to other coaches, what is it that CDD does well? Not many things come to mind.

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