Yet another third-quarter collapse makes strong first half forgettable

Alabama running back Trent Richardson (3) leaps over the goal line for a touchdown on a 12-yard run during the third quarter against Tennessee at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.  (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Alabama running back Trent Richardson (3) leaps over the goal line for a touchdown on a 12-yard run during the third quarter against Tennessee at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Game recap: Bama 37, UT 6

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Malik Jackson wrapped up AJ McCarron in the backfield for his first sack of the season, Tennessee retreated to the locker room with some "juice" and the Vols had wrapped up arguably their best defensive effort of the Derek Dooley era.

By the time Alabama running back Trent Richardson dodged a slew of Vols, navigated through a pileup at the line of scrimmage and scored the second-ranked Crimson Tide's third touchdown of the third quarter, it was a performance that was long forgotten and only bittersweet to remember by the end of a 37-6 loss.

For the third consecutive week, the Vols (3-4, 0-4 SEC) were good enough for a half Saturday to at least bottle up an offense that was supposed to run and pass all over them. But in the second half — for a third consecutive week — they looked like the team that's been repeatedly burned for big gains, sent away with lopsided results and left reciting broken-record responses to the same questions.

The Vols gave up 157 yards of offense in the first half — 69 of which came on one pass — and Richardson, one of the nation's top candidates for the Heisman Trophy, had just 37 yards on 10 carries. In the third quarter, alone, the Vols were gashed for 190 yards on 14 plays before a throwaway fourth quarter that only made the final numbers worse.

"It was disappointing to see," Dooley said. "We did what we said we weren't going to do and that's get affected if something bad happens in the game.

"We lost our fight. When you lose your fight against a great football team, what happened in the second half happened."

It happened in a hurry.

After a quick three-and-out from the offense, UT watched Alabama (8-0, 5-0) pick up yards in clumps on a quick-strike, 75-yard drive that featured a number of play-action rollouts from McCarron and only had a play gain less than 10 yards when the quarterback dove into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown run. The Vols' clutch on a 6-6 halftime tie had vanished.

"They came out with a lot of intensity. We weren't able to match it," cornerback Prentiss Waggner said. "They were winning their one-on-one battles. We just have to do a better job of winning our one-on-one battles and getting off the field."

The Vols were right back on the field after the offense's ensuing drive was stuffed on fourth-and-inches. And they were right back to the sidelines after a back-breaking, 39-yard touchdown catch by Kenny Bell that effectively ended their hopes of one of the biggest upsets in program history.

"Even when you know they're going to take a shot, we get run by," Dooley said. "They executed."

Alabama's third and final scoring drive of the third quarter featured less passing, more power running and the same, flawless execution UT simply couldn't match.

Alabama's 21 points were the most UT has surrendered in a quarter all season. The Vols have been outscored 56-6 in the third quarter of their four SEC games.

"It's kind of a broken record each week," linebacker Austin Johnson said. "We're saying the same thing about us in the second half.

"I really don't think it's anything we're doing in the second half. It's the other team executing plays and us not."

The Vols were executing in all the right ways during a first half that left most of the 101,821 fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium in stunned silence after the Vols became the first team to keep Alabama out of the end zone through the first 30 minutes this season. The Crimson Tide had more yards of offense during the first half, but, considering the matchup, it wasn't supposed to be as difficult as the Vols were making it.

"We were straining," Dooley said. "You play these good teams, man, they keep hitting you and keep hitting you and lose your strain against them and it gets hard."

With back-to-back games against No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama now in the past, the hardest stretch of the schedule is over. It just doesn't get much easier with No. 14 South Carolina, rested from an open date, awaiting the Vols.

If the Vols struggle yet again in the second half, the Gamecocks are certainly good enough to take advantage.

"We learn from it, we move on," Dooley said. "We played two great football teams back-to-back and we've gone toe-to-toe with them for 30 minutes. That doesn't mean it's good but it means there's signs of some good things.

"We're just really a fragile, fragile football team right now. We got to harden up."

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VolGrad writes:

As to the headline... only if you choose to forget it. That first half spoke volumes as to how much this team has improved. The second half was again testimony to the fact that we don't have enough quality depth and experience yet to hang with top tier teams like LSU and Bama.

GBO!

volsreign writes:

Did anybody hear if Dooley said anything in post game interviews about why he blew Worley's redshirt and if he will start the rest of the year? It only makes sense to burn the redshirt if Simms is done.

VolGrad writes:

I did not hear any of his comments, but by him putting in Worley at the end of that game... that pretty much means that Worley is getting his shot. I would be very surprised if Worley does not start next week with Simms as the back-up. Heck, we may see both of them in there next week.

Go Vols!!!

Gmoney58 writes:

Sims is shellshocked...bruised...and Worley will be forced into action. Sims maybe tough but Who could take that beating and b 100%?

VolFaninDC writes:

Sure is comforting to know Mike Hamilton got a $1.7 million severance, that he was not due him, for the good state he left the program.

FWBVol writes:

I was talking to a coach at a school in my area this week and what he said pertains to any sport at any level.

He said winning is a process. First a team has to get to the point where it thinks it can when, then it has to learn how to win and then it starts winning.

I think losing Hunter and Bray set the process back. The team was to the point where it was starting to think it could win some games and was getting ready to take the step to learning how to win. Now we are back again to getting to the point where we think we can win.

allenf1#223463 writes:

in response to Lane_Kiffins_Daddy_Wears_Diapers:

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I think you answered your own question when you bring up "lack of adjustments". Saw it all last year and continue to see it this year. The OC and DC are not doing their jobs. Plain and simple. At least that is how I see it and I've followed my beloved UT for 40 years.

mdboar#214875 writes:

in response to Lane_Kiffins_Daddy_Wears_Diapers:

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I have had the same question about the coaching adjustments.

flatrock writes:

in response to Lane_Kiffins_Daddy_Wears_Diapers:

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And what adjustments do you suggest?

OrangeinCarolina2 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

I was talking to a coach at a school in my area this week and what he said pertains to any sport at any level.

He said winning is a process. First a team has to get to the point where it thinks it can when, then it has to learn how to win and then it starts winning.

I think losing Hunter and Bray set the process back. The team was to the point where it was starting to think it could win some games and was getting ready to take the step to learning how to win. Now we are back again to getting to the point where we think we can win.

Good post. +1

JimmyJoe writes:

First of all, our punter was a more effective passer than our quarterback.... So that's not good... Secondly.... Well I don't guess you need a secondly...oh yeah why can't we play in the second half...what's different? Lack of pride? Lack of self-worth? Lack of determination?

BigOrangeSlim writes:

in response to OrangeinCarolina2:

Good post. +1

Very well said my Easternly friend. It appears to me that we have the best 11 on the field at times but then when one gets hurt the reserves are not up to par. Couple of years for age and good recruiting classes and we should be rolling again. Just cant give up, have to beleive in the Coach and Players that work hard to put up a good fight. GBO

jack_2222#231746 writes:

They need 8 to defend the run. The cornerbacks are shellshocked, no pressure rushing 4 and no inclination to blitz. They simply cannot defend both and forced McCarron to beat them. He did. It wasn't difficult.

thevoice writes:

in response to flatrock:

And what adjustments do you suggest?

Pay me $3 million/yr and I'll find some. Doubt anybody on this board is qualified to truly answer your question. What IS apparent is that the current coaches aren't adjusting. What other possible side to this story is there?

MidTennVol writes:

To me, it's either depth or conditioning/stamina or mental maturity.

We obviously just don't have enough horses to have any meaningful depth. But maybe we're not building the depth we need. What do we have to lose by playing the 3s and the 4s?

Two-deep? Why not have a three-deep rotation? Or even a four-deep? If you can't put in a fourth-string player for a snap or two -- if he's that much of a risk -- then why is he wearing the uniform?

What do we have to lose and what do we have to gain by playing the 3s and 4s? Nobody expects us to win games against SC or AR. All we expect and hope for are wins against MTSU, KY and Vandy (maybe).

Depth = team stamina. Would be interesting to compare the substitutions of Alabama in 3Q against ours. And how many players played for AL through three quarters compared to ours? What was their rotation compared to ours?

We most certainly need to build depth at the line of scrimmage, in my view. We should sign 10-15 big, strong, mean, fast, nasty cornfed boys this year who each weigh at least 310. We are outmanned on both sides of the ball on the line.

If our guys are getting gassed, then there's no excuse for that. Make the "end" of each practice from here on out the "3rd quarter" exercise. After these guys are tired and worn out from a normal practice, unleash he!! on them -- run, sprint, tackle, lift weights, run steps, scrimmage, whatever it takes to build toughness...make these guys angry.

Mental maturity. Throw these guys into the fire and demand they perform. Several of the freshmen are performing. Demand a contribution from all of the 3s and 4s. Give them more reps in practice, demand perfection, and let them play.

Just another ignorant fan sounding off...what do I know?

Squid_Vol writes:

in response to thevoice:

Pay me $3 million/yr and I'll find some. Doubt anybody on this board is qualified to truly answer your question. What IS apparent is that the current coaches aren't adjusting. What other possible side to this story is there?

"Pay me $3 million/yr and I'll find some."
An interesting suggestion, but lacks merit.

"Doubt anybody on this board is qualified to truly answer your question."
Concur

"What IS apparent is that the current coaches aren't adjusting. What other possible side to this story is there?"
That we lack depth, and our players get gassed. That we lack experience, and are still learning to respond to adversity. That we have had significant personnel losses on both sides of the football.

Dooley is transforming this club. Book it.
...

jawga writes:

At least Saban put the "Mercy Rule" in effect on that last drive. UT needs to take care of SC to avoid the dreaded Oct sweep.

brokebackvol writes:

I'm still proud of that first 30 minutes, the guys played really hard, but we have played the #1 and #2 teams in the nation back to back - Florida did no better.

TheFuj writes:

in response to VolGrad:

As to the headline... only if you choose to forget it. That first half spoke volumes as to how much this team has improved. The second half was again testimony to the fact that we don't have enough quality depth and experience yet to hang with top tier teams like LSU and Bama.

GBO!

Don't think quality depth and experience has much to with it in the first 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter. That is coaching adjustments or non adjustments early 3rd quarter. Either by our coaches or theirs. Considering this happens almost every game, then that is our coaching knowledge or inexperience.

BradleyJKinkaid writes:

in response to Lane_Kiffins_Daddy_Wears_Diapers:

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How many quality adjustments can you make with gassed players?

Depth is the #1 issue!

When players get tired, they make mundane mistakes.

Prostar writes:

When the offense can't get even 1 first down in the second half you're asking a lot from your defense to shut down Ala. offense. Simms is not a decent replacement. I would have played Worley earlier. What are you saving a "redshirt" for, Bray still has 2 years of eligibily and Worley will have 3 after this year. Face it, we've lost a lot of our offensive punch with Bray and Hunter out. We knew at the start of the season that the offense would have to play ball-control to rest the defense and that is not happening and Simms can't do the job. Thanks to a former head coach both Coleman (until he got injured) and Boyd left the program and have found success at other schools.

mikkim writes:

Plain and simple, his reasoning is getting old. No improvement at all. A game lasts 60 minutes. He gets paid to coach for 60 minutes. This is not about youth anymore. I have been a staunch supporter but this team has no will to win. Welcome back Mike Shula...only this time you are on our sideline. Unfortunately, we have to give him at least one more maybe two. but I can tell you that D Hart had to be steaming at losing like they did with everything in the world to play for and nothing to really lose. Worley was a good move only if he starts until Bray comes back. If Simms starts next week, the seat needs to get extra hot.

bUTchVFL writes:

in response to BradleyJKinkaid:

How many quality adjustments can you make with gassed players?

Depth is the #1 issue!

When players get tired, they make mundane mistakes.

Depth is the issue if they collapse at the end of the game. We owned the time of possession in the first half. There is no way they should have be "gassed" at the beginning of the third quarter. I hate to say it but our coaches are being outcoached in the locker room at halftime.

57TexasVol writes:

in response to Lane_Kiffins_Daddy_Wears_Diapers:

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Actually they tried that but they saw the same thing everyone else watching did; Simms starred down the receiver each time. Kind of makes the opposing DC job pretty easy. Bottom line is Fulmer's last recruiting and Kiffins recruiting class left us bare. Dooley did not inherit a team full of upperclassmen. I hate loosing, but this coaching staff and team has made strides since last year. We lost four top impact players; two offense and two on defense, 3 to injuries and 1 kicked off the team. Dooley has cleaned up the house, a solid coach, aggressive, and with two
more good recruiting classes, an SEC contender.

57TexasVol writes:

in response to mikkim:

Plain and simple, his reasoning is getting old. No improvement at all. A game lasts 60 minutes. He gets paid to coach for 60 minutes. This is not about youth anymore. I have been a staunch supporter but this team has no will to win. Welcome back Mike Shula...only this time you are on our sideline. Unfortunately, we have to give him at least one more maybe two. but I can tell you that D Hart had to be steaming at losing like they did with everything in the world to play for and nothing to really lose. Worley was a good move only if he starts until Bray comes back. If Simms starts next week, the seat needs to get extra hot.

"this is not about youth anymore". Look at the roster. Look at the lack of depth. None of Kiffins "impact" (sarcasm) class is left. Fulmer left nothing. Dooley did not inherit a team of upperclassmen or several years of top recruiting classes that Muschamp at Florida did, or Fisher at FSU. Add to it the injuries and kicking off your top safety because he couldn't follow the rules. Any criticisms right now should be directed at the last two coaches and this staff has earned the opportunity to get at least two more recruiting classes and a fifth year team. Consistentcy and stability will bring top players and the results we all want.

57TexasVol writes:

in response to mikkim:

Plain and simple, his reasoning is getting old. No improvement at all. A game lasts 60 minutes. He gets paid to coach for 60 minutes. This is not about youth anymore. I have been a staunch supporter but this team has no will to win. Welcome back Mike Shula...only this time you are on our sideline. Unfortunately, we have to give him at least one more maybe two. but I can tell you that D Hart had to be steaming at losing like they did with everything in the world to play for and nothing to really lose. Worley was a good move only if he starts until Bray comes back. If Simms starts next week, the seat needs to get extra hot.

And your comment about Dave Hart is way off. Dave Hart knows what it takes to build a program and maintain one. I seriously doubt he was steaming or was surprised at the outcome.

TotalOrange writes:

in response to mikkim:

Plain and simple, his reasoning is getting old. No improvement at all. A game lasts 60 minutes. He gets paid to coach for 60 minutes. This is not about youth anymore. I have been a staunch supporter but this team has no will to win. Welcome back Mike Shula...only this time you are on our sideline. Unfortunately, we have to give him at least one more maybe two. but I can tell you that D Hart had to be steaming at losing like they did with everything in the world to play for and nothing to really lose. Worley was a good move only if he starts until Bray comes back. If Simms starts next week, the seat needs to get extra hot.

While attending the GA/UT, I was proud of the team's effort but disappointed with the offense's effort during the second half. Sitting there with my 19 year old son who attends Georgia, I was frustrated that my team could not compete after "making halftime adjustments"! Now, having watched the LSU and Bama games, it occurs to me that we simply cannot make the adjustments needed - not for a lack of coaching but for a lack of depth and talent. Talent and depth provide a coaching staff the flexibility to do different plays to keep the opposition off balance. I BELIEVE that, once we develop more depth and possess more talent, the coaching staff can and will demonstrate an ability to make game-time adjustments!

4 key observations from the game:

1) The aggressive gang-tackling by the defense in the first half. This has obviously been stressed by the coaches at practice!
2) The willingness to take risks - fake punt!
3) The consistent support that Dooley gives to his players throughout the games - clapping and yelling for his team.
4) Simms is not a SEC caliber starting QB who can lead us to victories with the talent around him. If it means burning a redshirt to build for the future, the coaches made the right call.

Ibleedorangeforlife writes:

God what I would give for Todd Grantham as our Defensive Coord. or someone like him. I'm just not seeing the aggression on defense we have had in years past, to many soft coverages and 4 man fronts. If we are going to lose atleast jam their recivers and make their Qbs and Rbs sore from the abuse we will give them.

bigOutfan writes:

With Tn 4 best players gone or hurt, then you have to play with what you have. It's sad to say but Tn is not a good football team without these players. TN has to recruit more 4 and 5 stars, if you are going to beat the top teams in the SEC. It seems like TN get one really good player every few years. Then rides his coat tail till he's gone. It takes more than one at a time. The coaching staff has got to do a better job of recruiting, if they ever want to stop this losing and finishing at or near the bottom of the SEC.

BadBob70 writes:

in response to 57TexasVol:

Actually they tried that but they saw the same thing everyone else watching did; Simms starred down the receiver each time. Kind of makes the opposing DC job pretty easy. Bottom line is Fulmer's last recruiting and Kiffins recruiting class left us bare. Dooley did not inherit a team full of upperclassmen. I hate loosing, but this coaching staff and team has made strides since last year. We lost four top impact players; two offense and two on defense, 3 to injuries and 1 kicked off the team. Dooley has cleaned up the house, a solid coach, aggressive, and with two
more good recruiting classes, an SEC contender.

One cannot rule out the lack of top players with experience. These kids are getting good coaching and making tremendous improvements. They need more time in the gym and experience to make adjustments in the locker room.

mikkim writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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Were you watching the same game I watched. Were you watching the GA and LSU games too. Did you hear Dooley's comments. I would say factually, they lost their will to win.

mikkim writes:

in response to 57TexasVol:

And your comment about Dave Hart is way off. Dave Hart knows what it takes to build a program and maintain one. I seriously doubt he was steaming or was surprised at the outcome.

You are right, he is a football guy and knows what it takes to win. What he say cannot convince anyone we are on the right track. I guarantee having grown up in Bama town that their expectations trump ours and I guarantee having spent the last few years around Saban that he could not be happy getting steamrolled in 30 minutes of "give up" football. Our expectations are way too low. This is why Bama wins championships and we don't. Just sayin'

volnasty writes:

seems like alot of people woant to blame the coaches seems to me that simms stinks thats why he was on the bench he cant make all the throws he holds the ball to long ,and is not very accurate . it just takes a few bad passes to effect the game and you can see the receivers have no faith in him, and i thought our team was d back heavy where the hell are they these guys cant cover jack squaut its hard to see us strugggle like this but what can u do .go vols

mikkim writes:

in response to 57TexasVol:

"this is not about youth anymore". Look at the roster. Look at the lack of depth. None of Kiffins "impact" (sarcasm) class is left. Fulmer left nothing. Dooley did not inherit a team of upperclassmen or several years of top recruiting classes that Muschamp at Florida did, or Fisher at FSU. Add to it the injuries and kicking off your top safety because he couldn't follow the rules. Any criticisms right now should be directed at the last two coaches and this staff has earned the opportunity to get at least two more recruiting classes and a fifth year team. Consistentcy and stability will bring top players and the results we all want.

Why should Dooley get a buy when Fulmer did not get one after 15 years of winning and a National Championship. The collapses in the second half are mind blowing. Please don't talk about youth. Auburn is younger and have beaten solid SEC teams this year. Our measuring stick is way too forgiving.

TommyJack writes:

in response to mikkim:

Were you watching the same game I watched. Were you watching the GA and LSU games too. Did you hear Dooley's comments. I would say factually, they lost their will to win.

You can't say "losing will to win" is a factual statement. Thats pure opinion. My opinion is that second half collapses are a function of depth.

DaveVol writes:

in response to volsreign:

Did anybody hear if Dooley said anything in post game interviews about why he blew Worley's redshirt and if he will start the rest of the year? It only makes sense to burn the redshirt if Simms is done.

I did not hear, but I had the same question. Now there is only one year between him and Bray.

mikkim writes:

Lack of effort...lack of energy = lack of will to win. Call it what you want. You can't just show up and call it having a will to win. They phoned it in the second half of the last three games. Call it what you want but even Dooley called it quitting. Mediocrity sets in when excuses trump reality...we have arrived.

mikkim writes:

in response to DaveVol:

I did not hear, but I had the same question. Now there is only one year between him and Bray.

Yes... he said "these guys leave after three years anyway so when they start saying four years then he will start redshirting."

mikkim writes:

in response to TommyJack:

You can't say "losing will to win" is a factual statement. Thats pure opinion. My opinion is that second half collapses are a function of depth.

"We lost our fight. When you lose your fight against a great football team, what happened in the second half happened."

No my words....Dooley's! Enough said. Losing fight is not an indicator of a will to win. Now both Dooley and I agree.

DaveVol writes:

in response to Lane_Kiffins_Daddy_Wears_Diapers:

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I question our defensive adjustments and whether Wilcox is ready for primetime. I like Chaney but I think most of the offensive problems are a lack of execution. Two plays that stick out to me are the 4th down play that Simms messed up and a 3rd down play where he is chased but instead of throwing it away he gets sacked. Alos in the second half our running backs didn't seem to hit the hole as hard.

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

in response to volnasty:

seems like alot of people woant to blame the coaches seems to me that simms stinks thats why he was on the bench he cant make all the throws he holds the ball to long ,and is not very accurate . it just takes a few bad passes to effect the game and you can see the receivers have no faith in him, and i thought our team was d back heavy where the hell are they these guys cant cover jack squaut its hard to see us strugggle like this but what can u do .go vols

This is the most key point, in my opinion , that I clearly saw from the game yesterday. Our receivers do not have faith in Simms any more. When DaRick Rogers comes off a play shaking his head at where the ball was thrown, then you know there is something wrong.

The QB position is crucial. This is why we were so dangerous with Bray...his cockiness was backed up by his tremendous acuracy. Simms' toughness is not backed up by quality, and that is a huge weakness. We need Worley in there, if he is more accurate than Simms. We need our team to be quarterbacked by someone who can instill confidence in our offense.

There are always QBs like Simms, I see it all the time...they are best as backupQBs...teams cannot be built around them. Luckily, we have Bray, and if Worley pans out, then we will have a great core for the years to come. I hope and pray that Worley gets the start next week...I really want to see what he is made of. Again, Simms is tough but he is incredibly inaccurate...it is a huge liability for us.

DaveVol writes:

in response to BradleyJKinkaid:

How many quality adjustments can you make with gassed players?

Depth is the #1 issue!

When players get tired, they make mundane mistakes.

Thet aren't gassed coming out of the locker room.

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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At least we aint paying what you are paying for Muschamp. It must really hurt you in your core that you paid that much for an immature coach with limited coaching ability.

TommyJack writes:

in response to DaveVol:

Thet aren't gassed coming out of the locker room.

Exactly. Only Vicki and other Fulmorons want to believe we're quitting. Suits their agenda.

TarheelVol writes:

in response to thevoice:

Pay me $3 million/yr and I'll find some. Doubt anybody on this board is qualified to truly answer your question. What IS apparent is that the current coaches aren't adjusting. What other possible side to this story is there?

We're competitive in the 1st half with fresh players and whatever
offensive, defensive gameplan we're running. In the 2nd half, depth
plays more of a role and we drop off. With repect to adjustments though,
the D locked down the run to make Bama beat us by passing. So in the
2nd half Bama opens up, but it seemed like we were slow to adjust to it.
Course when we do, Bama starts running ok. We don't have the horses to
keep up with these guys.

huntined#565710 writes:

I didn't expect us to beat FLA,BAMA or LSU but I did think we would play well against GA and all the other teams. But with this offence we now have that will we will have a tough time pulling out 3 more wins. Chaney just seems like he wants to hit it up the middle every play and most of the night last night the end was wide open and when he did run the ONE play around the end we got 7 yards. Easy for D C to set to defend against us as they know we can't pass and they just plug up the front line and we get no first downs..This road back to great TENN football is a long way off.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to Squid_Vol:

"Pay me $3 million/yr and I'll find some."
An interesting suggestion, but lacks merit.

"Doubt anybody on this board is qualified to truly answer your question."
Concur

"What IS apparent is that the current coaches aren't adjusting. What other possible side to this story is there?"
That we lack depth, and our players get gassed. That we lack experience, and are still learning to respond to adversity. That we have had significant personnel losses on both sides of the football.

Dooley is transforming this club. Book it.
...

Exactly how are the players getting "gassed" when they have had a 20 minute break leading into the third quarter. This is just a ridiculous excuse to cover up the poor play calling and lack of motivation.

And enough with the "book it" claptrap. You aren't any more of an expert than anyone on here calling for Dooley's job. The only thing you're an expert at is parroting back excuses that other posters came up with first. Texas Tech just ripped Oklahoma with freshman and sophomores making up it's two deep rotation. Wonder how they did it since it's actually impossible according to Dooleyphiles like you.

I wonder how many Houston Nutt supporters said "Book it" leading up to this season. "Book it"...famous last words of an overconfident idiot.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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Maybe he should go cheer for Texas Tech...who DID EXACTLY WHAT YOU CLAIM IS IMPOSSIBLE.

Excuses, excuses, excuses

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

in response to Ibleedorangeforlife:

God what I would give for Todd Grantham as our Defensive Coord. or someone like him. I'm just not seeing the aggression on defense we have had in years past, to many soft coverages and 4 man fronts. If we are going to lose atleast jam their recivers and make their Qbs and Rbs sore from the abuse we will give them.

Let me guess...you were one of the ones wanting Johnny Chavis to go too. (you know 3rd and chavis ? the one who supposedly let teams convert 3rd downs) Like I said before--Chavis' teams FORCED A LOT OF THIRD DOWNS! Which is what you want! Other defenses don't give up a lot of third downs because the offenses are converting on first or second. With your logic we just need to hire a new DC every 6 games or so.

oldster writes:

in response to TommyJack:

You can't say "losing will to win" is a factual statement. Thats pure opinion. My opinion is that second half collapses are a function of depth.

Both comments are opinions. The accuracy of each can be tested. A collapse caused by lack of depth occurs when a team gets so tired it cannot compete, or sustains an injury without a backup similar in quality as the injured man (this usually requires more than one such injury). Losing the will to win happens when a team gets steam rolled after something bad happens to them. This is what happens to UT. They start off a second half badly, and then proceed to quit. They lose their will to win. They lack the character to fight through adversity. When the going gets tough, UT quits.

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