Tennessee gets 'pounded': LSU 38, Tennessee 7

LSU running back Spencer Ware gets past Tennessee defensive lineman Curt Maggitt at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011.  LSU won the game 38-7.  (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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LSU running back Spencer Ware gets past Tennessee defensive lineman Curt Maggitt at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. LSU won the game 38-7. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Game recap: LSU 38, Tennessee 7

Last year in Baton Rouge, Tennessee’s math problem was confined to one play at the end of the game. Thirteen men on the field was two too many.

On a spectacular Saturday at Neyland Stadium, math again quantified the Vols’ shortcomings in a 38-7 loss to No. 1 LSU.

The Vols were in it for a half, trailing 17-7 when the band took the field.

That wasn’t the problem.

Here’s the problem:

Tennessee’s offense had possession of the ball for only 8 of the 30 minutes in the second half, during which it ran a meager 19 plays.

LSU, bigger, stronger, deeper and more talented, held the ball 22 minutes and ran 38 plays.

No wonder then the yardage differential in the second half was 222 to 66 — and the scoreboard differential 21-0.

No wonder a crowd that began at 101,822 was thinned out to purple pockets by the end of the fourth quarter as the Tigers (7-0, 4-0 SEC) crunched out another long touchdown drive.

"They pounded us,’’ said UT coach Derek Dooley. "I don’t know any other way to say it.’’

And so a scenario that has grown familiar played out: The Vols hang tough in the first half then try to hang on for dear life in the second.

"The second half,’’ said senior defensive tackle Malik Jackson, "they just did what they wanted to do.

"When you can’t stop it, it’s a long day. That’s what it was, a long day.’’

For the Vols (3-3, 0-3 SEC), another long day in a long month.

Georgia and LSU are in the rearview mirror, a trip to No. 2 Alabama looming, followed by a visit from No. 15 South Carolina.

With quarterback Tyler Bray having joined receiver Justin Hunter among the walking wounded on the sideline, Tennessee’s offense penetrated the LSU 30 only once.

That one bore fruit, a 10-play, 80-yard drive that ended in Tauren Poole’s 2-yard touchdown run with 2:24 left in the first half.

After a 44-yard bomb from Matt Simms to Da’Rick Rogers reached the LSU 34, Poole lugged it the rest of the way on the ground.

A pass-interference flag against the Tigers helped the cause but the running game was still impressive.

Coming into Saturday with a minus-29 net yards in two SEC games, the Vols rushed for 111 yards against the best defense they’ve faced and one of the best in the country.

"If we continue on that path, we’ll be fine,’’ said Dooley, aware the path passes next through Bryant-Denny Stadium.

LSU’s path, the Tigers hope, will continue to the national championship game.

"That,’’ said LSU coach Les Miles, "wasn’t our best game, certainly, but we did what we needed to do to secure a victory.’’

Poole’s touchdown cut the LSU lead to 14-7 and juiced the crowd. Surely the Vols could shepherd their momentum into the second half.

Actually, they could not.

Marsalis Teague got beat for a 45-yard LSU passing gain and the Tigers kicked an 18-yard field goal with seconds to spare to make it 17-7 at the break.

After the break, momentum and Tennessee were complete strangers.

LSU took the second-half kickoff and marched 66 yards in 12 plays. Spencer Ware’s 1-yard TD made it 24-7.

The Vols actually managed a couple of first downs before Poole was clobbered for a 7-yard loss and that was the end of that.

When a Matt Darr punt was downed at the 1, the Tigers merely drove 99 yards for another score.

All 99 of them came on the ground. Backup quarterback Jordan Jefferson got the final 3 on a keeper and it was 31-7.

Only 8:55 remained in the game when Tennessee got its second possession of the half.

Devrin Young’s 60-yard kickoff return was wasted when the Vols went out meekly, an incomplete pass on fourth-and-8.

"In situations like that we need to capitalize when we do have the ball,’’ said Simms, "and we didn’t do that.’’

So LSU ground out another relentless drive. Russell Shepard got the final 14 yards on a lateral and it was 38-7.

If UT’s running game was a pleasant surprise, its aerial game was not.

Simms was 6-of-20 for 128 yards in his first start in nearly a year.

"I played terrible,’’ said Simms, "simple as that.’’

It was a terrible interception that put LSU on the scoreboard.

Simms hit Rajion Neal for 38 yards to the LSU 42, but when he went for the big play again he was busted.

Morris Claiborne picked off a Simms deep ball at the 2, wheeled and ripped off an 89-yard return to the UT 5. Jarrett Lee hit Rueben Randle for the TD on the first play of the second quarter.

The Tigers made it 14-0, finishing a short drive with a 13-yard pass from Lee to Ware.

Simms then threw a second pick but LSU could not capitalize.

The Vols, on the other hand, failed to produce a turnover, a disturbing trend.

"You have to keep staying in the fight,’’ Dooley said, "and hopefully something good will happen. That’s the key.

"You have to keep in the two or three score range and wait for your opportunity.’’

In a second half Saturday in which the math was one-sided, that opportunity never came.

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VolinCalif writes:

Say what you want but the game was better than the score.

ssgdebity writes:

This is a flat out embarrassment. If this would have happened to Fulmer he would have been fired immediately. I am sick and tired of this team being embarrassed on National TV. This is such a sad state of how far Tennessee football has fallen. Once a powerhouse constantly being ranked in the top 25. Now a laughing stock for everyone to polk fun at. It is really for Doolittle to go. I am sorry but he has to go. FIREEEE DOOLEY AND HIS WHOLE WORTHLESS COACHING STAFF.

born2ride writes:

LSU was the superior today as are most other SEC teams.

Dooley record is now 9-10 at UT.

26-30 for his career.

Dooley is the losingest and worst coach ever. Hamilton made a mistake hiring him. I don't care who his daddy is Dooley can't coach. The Vols are not improving.

The teams Dooley has beaten are cupcakes - Montana, Buffalo, Memphis, UT-Martin, UAB.

We will get blown out next week by Bama and lose to SC and the Hogs.

We should win against MTSU and Kentucky. UK is awful and we will make it 27 years in a row.

We usually beat Vandy but this year it is a toss up. That is how far we have fallen.

5 or 6 wins is the best we can do under Dooley. Hart needs to bring in a big name coach who can return us to the glory years of the 90's. Don't wait and let the program decline further.

And Dooley looks stupid wearing orange pants. He is NOT Johnny Majors.

govols1234567 writes:

It is abundantly clear are season is ruined without Bray and Hunter. Simms just cant get it done. We have improved, but our record wont. 6-6 is the likely scenario. Build for next year and pray for an upset... I dont think Dooley gets us one this year

traderjoe writes:

Are we in the right conference?

LADAWG writes:

I was amazed how Peyton liked Wilcox and Dooley.

10SE writes:

in response to ssgdebity:

This is a flat out embarrassment. If this would have happened to Fulmer he would have been fired immediately. I am sick and tired of this team being embarrassed on National TV. This is such a sad state of how far Tennessee football has fallen. Once a powerhouse constantly being ranked in the top 25. Now a laughing stock for everyone to polk fun at. It is really for Doolittle to go. I am sorry but he has to go. FIREEEE DOOLEY AND HIS WHOLE WORTHLESS COACHING STAFF.

He and our coaching staff are playing the hand that was dealt! I hope we can begin to turn the corner next year.

TommyJack writes:

TN....with the worst fans in football. Still.

Prostar writes:

It's not all on the coaches. POOR excuse for tackling. We have them on their 1 yard line and we let them go 99 yds. Those darn "body block" attempts at tackling allowed the ballcarrier another 5 yds. and a first down. For whatever reason this team is only good for a half, same as last year. It's time for the coaches to start kicking butts and stop with the excuses.

VolinCalif writes:

The pics really hurt. One can't expect this team to play out of their head without something happening to help them a little. They just wore down starting late in the third Qtr. But give them credit they showed up and played hard. We will beat SC. Go Vols

dcrudeboy writes:

Once again, UT plays pretty decent in the first half against the better team to give you some, then the second half collapse that makes you wonder what the heck the coaches say to the players. And if Dooley ever grows a pair and try ONCE to go for it on 4th down on the opponents 35 or so instead of punting............

thevoice writes:

in response to Prostar:

It's not all on the coaches. POOR excuse for tackling. We have them on their 1 yard line and we let them go 99 yds. Those darn "body block" attempts at tackling allowed the ballcarrier another 5 yds. and a first down. For whatever reason this team is only good for a half, same as last year. It's time for the coaches to start kicking butts and stop with the excuses.

At the end of the day, coaches are responsible for everything. If we happen to have the 7 worst tacklers on the country, time to either teach them how to tackle or recruit better tacklers. End of story.

VolGrad writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Say what you want but the game was better than the score.

You are correct; we just don't have enough bodies out there to make it a 4 quarter game against top tier SEC teams yet. Losing Bray and Hunter doesn't help much either.

Go Vols!!!

ssgdebity writes:

in response to 10SE:

He and our coaching staff are playing the hand that was dealt! I hope we can begin to turn the corner next year.

Understand however explain to me how a jerk like hamilton always seemed to get worthless coaches that barely get by? Whereas teams like Florida, Alabama get well known coaches such as Zook, Myer, Saban etc. But we always get the leftovers that could not win or have losing records.

beaus27 writes:

Serriously, shouldn't Jarret Lee and Jordan Jefferson have graduated by now? Two years ago?
I seemed to remember them playing against Erik Ainge.

VolGrad writes:

in response to ssgdebity:

This is a flat out embarrassment. If this would have happened to Fulmer he would have been fired immediately. I am sick and tired of this team being embarrassed on National TV. This is such a sad state of how far Tennessee football has fallen. Once a powerhouse constantly being ranked in the top 25. Now a laughing stock for everyone to polk fun at. It is really for Doolittle to go. I am sorry but he has to go. FIREEEE DOOLEY AND HIS WHOLE WORTHLESS COACHING STAFF.

This did happen to Fulmer... and he had more depth and talent than this squad. Something is terribly wrong with your memory, I think.

Go Vols!!!

helloimawesome writes:

I knew we were in trouble when down 17-7 Tyler Bray and crew were laughing on the sidelines. Dooley as a head coach has only 1 winning season and people think he is the answer. Delusional! He can't even keep the team focused

thevoice writes:

Seems we've fallen to Vandy's status: play decent in first half, get worn out in the second half. Need better players. More than winning any game this year, the most important thing Dooley can do is recruit the nation's best players to come to UT.

VolinCalif writes:

Another thing is the BS about Wilcox's Def. It shut down the best running game in college for almost Three Qtrs. Who else has don that?
And also our running game showed themselves. No more peeing on Poo.

Give_em_six writes:

We have 0 depth. You can't blame a coach for coming into a situatuion and playing with second string HS talent. That is what Dooley was delt. I truly believe you can't judge a coach after 1.5 years. Fulmer left us with nothing and Kiffin got us in NCAA trouble. What is he supposed to do? The team is young and nowhere near strong enough physicaly to be competitive in the SEC. They need at least 1 more year of weight training. It is hard for me to be paitent because I love to watch TN win but right now that is all we have. Firing another coach 1.5 years into his job is not the answer.

volbike writes:

Til the third quarter last week I wanted to believe that it was lack of talent and depth but after that debacle and today, the head, offensive and kicking game coaches suck really bad!!!
What was Neylands first maxim? I forgot and I think this coaching staff has too.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

TN....with the worst fans in football. Still.

We aren't all a bunch of cry babies, just most of us. I know better days are ahead. It's just a matter of time. How long? who can say. G.B.O.!!!!

HtownVol writes:

How many times can James Stone screw up before another player is given a chance?

Why does Zach Rogers play over Arnett and Dallas?

Why are the players commiting stupid personal fouls after plays?

Why does UT look like they never play to win in the 2nd half?

Why do they look to be pumped up on about just 5 plays per game vs good teams? Every other play I see a team that is expecting to get smashed on every play.

I am having a hard time supporting Dooley. I never expected to win today but I am so ashamed that my Vols look like they do not expect to even play well. I do not think Dooley has control of the team. If he did players would not dive at a player well after the play is over, the team would not hand their head after 75% of the plays and James Stone and Z Rogers would not continue to drop passes and snap the ball th imaginary QBs every game.

The issues I see have very little to do with depth. And, we have depth on the O-Line, but no one else is ever going to get a chance cuz Stone is allowed to screw up the snap 5 times each game without worry of being benched.

Simms completes 6 passes but the 2 and a half INTs were better passes to the D than any he completed.

That 4th and 8 that was never intended to go for more than 5 yards shows just how smart Simms is. Come on, at least try to get a 1st down.

Being a Vol fan is very tough right now.

Trust me, I hope Dooley turns the program around but I dont see it happening in the next 2-3 years and after that will he be here?

bigdisbig writes:

You people trashing the Vols and Dooley are not true fans. The Vols played the number 1 team in the nation. Did you really think they would win witha back up quarterback and their number 1 receiver out for the season? I suppose you think they should beat Bama too? The Vols will go 0-4 in October so sit back and be patient. Rome wasn't built in a day. Give Dooley 2 more years and if he doesn't start winning then call for his resignation. He MUST recruit better players. Saban struggled at Bama his first 2 years. Next year will be different. You guys act like spoiled kids. Grow up and be a true fan!

VolGrad writes:

in response to ssgdebity:

Understand however explain to me how a jerk like hamilton always seemed to get worthless coaches that barely get by? Whereas teams like Florida, Alabama get well known coaches such as Zook, Myer, Saban etc. But we always get the leftovers that could not win or have losing records.

Zook???

Dude, get off this board. You are just throwing words out there and making very little sense at all.

Upgrayedd writes:

in response to TommyJack:

TN....with the worst fans in football. Still.

Correct, but only if you're referring to how our fans are in regards to our own team. Otherwise, I'd have to go with Gator fans.

RussellP (Inactive) writes:

Jeeze, you guys are so negative. This was the #1 team in the nation we were playing. Considering the depth and the years of recruiting talent that Miles has as an advantage, I was not bitterly disappointed, especially with Bray out. I can see a lot of promise in the Vols, but it is not going to turn around overnight. If you are a true Volunteer, you won't give up on this team or this coach. Give them some time and give them some support, and understand the depth situation! LSU was maybe the best SEC team that we have faced in years, and maybe for years to come (yep, better than Bama). And yet we held LSU to 38 points when some were predicting a 60-0 blowout. I'm not too upset. Go Vols!

flatrock writes:

in response to ssgdebity:

This is a flat out embarrassment. If this would have happened to Fulmer he would have been fired immediately. I am sick and tired of this team being embarrassed on National TV. This is such a sad state of how far Tennessee football has fallen. Once a powerhouse constantly being ranked in the top 25. Now a laughing stock for everyone to polk fun at. It is really for Doolittle to go. I am sorry but he has to go. FIREEEE DOOLEY AND HIS WHOLE WORTHLESS COACHING STAFF.

You are an idiot. Fulmer left the program with 2- count'em 2- seniors that are good enough to get on the field. LSU is the real deal. If you are embarrassed, turn off the T.V.

VOL1972 writes:

in response to ssgdebity:

Understand however explain to me how a jerk like hamilton always seemed to get worthless coaches that barely get by? Whereas teams like Florida, Alabama get well known coaches such as Zook, Myer, Saban etc. But we always get the leftovers that could not win or have losing records.

Zook?? Zook?? Are you kidding me?

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to born2ride:

LSU was the superior today as are most other SEC teams.

Dooley record is now 9-10 at UT.

26-30 for his career.

Dooley is the losingest and worst coach ever. Hamilton made a mistake hiring him. I don't care who his daddy is Dooley can't coach. The Vols are not improving.

The teams Dooley has beaten are cupcakes - Montana, Buffalo, Memphis, UT-Martin, UAB.

We will get blown out next week by Bama and lose to SC and the Hogs.

We should win against MTSU and Kentucky. UK is awful and we will make it 27 years in a row.

We usually beat Vandy but this year it is a toss up. That is how far we have fallen.

5 or 6 wins is the best we can do under Dooley. Hart needs to bring in a big name coach who can return us to the glory years of the 90's. Don't wait and let the program decline further.

And Dooley looks stupid wearing orange pants. He is NOT Johnny Majors.

Agree, at first we were told 6-6 is ok as long as we saw the team improving year by year. Now that has not happen (not improving)we are told it's ok just got to wait until this bunch is seniors. So next years 6-6 or worse will be acceptable we are told.

flatrock writes:

in response to born2ride:

LSU was the superior today as are most other SEC teams.

Dooley record is now 9-10 at UT.

26-30 for his career.

Dooley is the losingest and worst coach ever. Hamilton made a mistake hiring him. I don't care who his daddy is Dooley can't coach. The Vols are not improving.

The teams Dooley has beaten are cupcakes - Montana, Buffalo, Memphis, UT-Martin, UAB.

We will get blown out next week by Bama and lose to SC and the Hogs.

We should win against MTSU and Kentucky. UK is awful and we will make it 27 years in a row.

We usually beat Vandy but this year it is a toss up. That is how far we have fallen.

5 or 6 wins is the best we can do under Dooley. Hart needs to bring in a big name coach who can return us to the glory years of the 90's. Don't wait and let the program decline further.

And Dooley looks stupid wearing orange pants. He is NOT Johnny Majors.

You are an idiot, too. See my previous post.

flatrock writes:

in response to LADAWG:

I was amazed how Peyton liked Wilcox and Dooley.

I'll put my money on Peyton's opinions. So should you.

RetainDerekDooleyPlease writes:

Before all the lousy trolls weigh in and start spewing their negativity, I want to say how proud I am of Derek Dooley and the progress he's made in returning Tennessee to greatness.

,Who cares if it was the worst beating in the history of the series with LSU, Dooley showed us he's the man. I believe he'll get UT to 5-7 this year and with Bray and Hunter back, 6-6 next year. That includes big signature wins over Akron, Troy, and Georgia State. Book it.

What's more he's doing it "the right way". With home grown "high charcter" players " like Devrin Young, who combine blazing return speed with great behavior. That kid with his 4.6 wheels can flat take it to the house. Kentucky may be looking over their shoulders for years.

Support Derek Dooley.

VolFaninDC writes:

in response to govols1234567:

It is abundantly clear are season is ruined without Bray and Hunter. Simms just cant get it done. We have improved, but our record wont. 6-6 is the likely scenario. Build for next year and pray for an upset... I dont think Dooley gets us one this year

I think it's more important to measure progress by the SEC record. That looks as it will probably be at best 2-6, actually a decline from last year and the worst since I think 1977.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to flatrock:

You are an idiot, too. See my previous post.

thanks Mr Hamilton

VolinCalif writes:

in response to Give_em_six:

We have 0 depth. You can't blame a coach for coming into a situatuion and playing with second string HS talent. That is what Dooley was delt. I truly believe you can't judge a coach after 1.5 years. Fulmer left us with nothing and Kiffin got us in NCAA trouble. What is he supposed to do? The team is young and nowhere near strong enough physicaly to be competitive in the SEC. They need at least 1 more year of weight training. It is hard for me to be paitent because I love to watch TN win but right now that is all we have. Firing another coach 1.5 years into his job is not the answer.

You are correct. I have to worry about being here to see the next game each week. So I really would like to see UT win again. But I know that they are on the right track and just hope I'll get to see it happen. This team is playing very good ball until they are wore down from lack of depth. But they are getting better each game. We'll beat SC.
Go vols

jimr07 writes:

in response to ssgdebity:

This is a flat out embarrassment. If this would have happened to Fulmer he would have been fired immediately. I am sick and tired of this team being embarrassed on National TV. This is such a sad state of how far Tennessee football has fallen. Once a powerhouse constantly being ranked in the top 25. Now a laughing stock for everyone to polk fun at. It is really for Doolittle to go. I am sorry but he has to go. FIREEEE DOOLEY AND HIS WHOLE WORTHLESS COACHING STAFF.

Yes, Fulmer showed up so well against Wyoming. I see what you mean.

crutch1966 writes:

in response to bigdisbig:

You people trashing the Vols and Dooley are not true fans. The Vols played the number 1 team in the nation. Did you really think they would win witha back up quarterback and their number 1 receiver out for the season? I suppose you think they should beat Bama too? The Vols will go 0-4 in October so sit back and be patient. Rome wasn't built in a day. Give Dooley 2 more years and if he doesn't start winning then call for his resignation. He MUST recruit better players. Saban struggled at Bama his first 2 years. Next year will be different. You guys act like spoiled kids. Grow up and be a true fan!

i agree with you. it takes time. i love my Vol's. but we will beat south carolina.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to RetainDerekDooleyPlease:

Before all the lousy trolls weigh in and start spewing their negativity, I want to say how proud I am of Derek Dooley and the progress he's made in returning Tennessee to greatness.

,Who cares if it was the worst beating in the history of the series with LSU, Dooley showed us he's the man. I believe he'll get UT to 5-7 this year and with Bray and Hunter back, 6-6 next year. That includes big signature wins over Akron, Troy, and Georgia State. Book it.

What's more he's doing it "the right way". With home grown "high charcter" players " like Devrin Young, who combine blazing return speed with great behavior. That kid with his 4.6 wheels can flat take it to the house. Kentucky may be looking over their shoulders for years.

Support Derek Dooley.

the trolls have left this site in frustration to

jimr07 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

TN....with the worst fans in football. Still.

TJ..once again, you are so right.

devo-evol writes:

well besides the fact that we are so young and have stupid out of position breakdowns because of it and give up a backbreaking plans, LSU was so much faster pos vs pos. We have several pretty good frontline players on defense but they are slow. Everytime an LSU back broke to the outside he got more yards that he should....slow. There is just no senior leadership... I mean who is there? Not many but I thought Poole manned up a little today. The line decided they were not going to pass block and blew off the line and gave him and lane something to work with finally, but way too little and too late. Poole has to do it consistently, which he never has. As this teams grows and gets deeper I think there is a chance but we have to recruit more speed on defense. I dont think knute rockne could win with what is here now. call it an excuse but we have lost good players from getting thrown off transfering and just bad character. at least now dooley has a team of better character and no legal problems, we don't have that embarrassment. it will take time to build the depth. if you will notice, we are close in the 1st half and fade bad in the 2nd half, last week is prime example.

VolFaninDC writes:

But hey, at least Mike Hamilton is sitting on his not-required $1,731,755 payout while we've started charging students for tickets. That helps me to feel better about the state of the football program.

thevoice writes:

Several observations:

D Young will be a stud soon.

Z Rogers does not belong on any team in the SEC. Wasted scholly.

Special Teams may be looking a little better.

Simms, a Senior, is a game-losing drop off from Bray.

Congrats to the run blocking. Maybe we've turned the corner.

I think the coaches in the booth take a break at halftime and forget to return. Maybe the hotdog line is too long. We play TERRIBLE in almost every second half, and the coaches seemingly fail to adjust the scheme.

Dooley still doesn't show me significant reasons to believe he will get this team better. Someone needs to be coaching him how to coach his players... Tackling problems, execution problems, a Senior tossing the ball at LSU player's face after play (Poole). I think we came with a decent game plan, as witnessed by the first half. But in-game coaching is not Dooley's strength.

flatrock writes:

in response to ssgdebity:

Understand however explain to me how a jerk like hamilton always seemed to get worthless coaches that barely get by? Whereas teams like Florida, Alabama get well known coaches such as Zook, Myer, Saban etc. But we always get the leftovers that could not win or have losing records.

1.) Derek Dooley and his staff are doing it the right way. Two more good recruiting classes and the Vols will be fine;
2.) Check the number of players from Florida and Alabama that are on SEC rosters- that should give you a real clear picture as to why
the so-called "big name" guys stay away. It is much, much tougher to re-build without a productive in-state talent base;
3.) Fulmer and kiffin were/are "big-name coaches"...Derek Dooley will be too when he turns this battleship around;
4.) Read Peyton's lips: Derek Dooley is the right man for the job!

c9bcc writes:

I am not happy about losing, but I saw our players playing football today. Did we play up to our potential? Yes, I think so.

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thevoice writes:

Time for MLB. Go Rangers!!

VolGrad writes:

in response to HtownVol:

How many times can James Stone screw up before another player is given a chance?

Why does Zach Rogers play over Arnett and Dallas?

Why are the players commiting stupid personal fouls after plays?

Why does UT look like they never play to win in the 2nd half?

Why do they look to be pumped up on about just 5 plays per game vs good teams? Every other play I see a team that is expecting to get smashed on every play.

I am having a hard time supporting Dooley. I never expected to win today but I am so ashamed that my Vols look like they do not expect to even play well. I do not think Dooley has control of the team. If he did players would not dive at a player well after the play is over, the team would not hand their head after 75% of the plays and James Stone and Z Rogers would not continue to drop passes and snap the ball th imaginary QBs every game.

The issues I see have very little to do with depth. And, we have depth on the O-Line, but no one else is ever going to get a chance cuz Stone is allowed to screw up the snap 5 times each game without worry of being benched.

Simms completes 6 passes but the 2 and a half INTs were better passes to the D than any he completed.

That 4th and 8 that was never intended to go for more than 5 yards shows just how smart Simms is. Come on, at least try to get a 1st down.

Being a Vol fan is very tough right now.

Trust me, I hope Dooley turns the program around but I dont see it happening in the next 2-3 years and after that will he be here?

So it's not always easy to be a fan. You gotta weather the bad times every now and again. You seem to forget the past several years that set this whole scenario up. Suck in your gut, tighten your belt, and get your head outta your.... There is no "Easy" button here. And we were playing the Number 1 team in the country today..., and playing them pretty darn well up to halftime. But we don't have the quality depth yet to hang with any top tier SEC teams. Is that not obvious to you? And do you really think CDD or anybody else could have developed quality depth in the past year and a half after the previous two coaching changes just priot to that? Get a freakin' grip.

C'mon man. This is just the beginning of a long road back. I'm in it for the long haul.

Go Vols!!!

GetSimmsandTeagueout writes:

I haven't had to take down my diplomas since Majors was coaching. It looks like they will have to come down again Monday.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to pingkr62:

We aren't all a bunch of cry babies, just most of us. I know better days are ahead. It's just a matter of time. How long? who can say. G.B.O.!!!!

Absolutely,,,Even Vandy has a 7-5 year every 10 years or so. We will have our year as soon as Mr Hart takes a close look at these coaches

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