Even a dominant first half didn’t stop Tennessee’s defense from setting another dubious record in Saturday’s 51-48 loss to Missouri in four overtimes.
The Vols became the first team in SEC history to allow 38 or more points in six consecutive games.
Starting with the game against Georgia on Sept. 29, the Vols have allowed scores of 51, 41, 44, 38, 48 and 51.
"We came out knowing the calls and running them to a ‘T’," said linebacker A.J. Johnson. "In the second half, we ran the same calls. (Missouri) just made plays on us."
Tennessee appeared to be settling for a field goal on the first possession of the second overtime when coach Derek Dooley opted for a little trickery.
The Vols perfectly executed a fake field goal and holder Tyler Drummer dashed into the end zone nearly untouched.
The incredible play was nearly forgotten by the time the game was over, but at the time the fake looked like it could be a game-changer.
"I was thankful Coach put me in that spot," Drummer said. "It was a great snap and we had great blocks."
Drummer, a junior and graduate of Powell High School, is a walk-on receiver who played at the University of the Cumberlands before transferring to Tennessee. He has been the regular holder for five games.
He said the Vols began practicing that particular fake just this week.
"It was a surprise (when it was called), but we had prepared for that," Drummer said.
The earthquake that rattled some homes in East Tennessee was felt at Neyland Stadium. The brief shaking coincided with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner just before the 12:21 p.m. kickoff.
The 4.3 magnitude quake was centered near Whitesburg, Ky., and also was felt in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. No damage was reported.
Condredge Holloway, the first black quarterback in the SEC and the first black baseball player in UT history, was honored as the Vols’ legend of the game.
Holloway has spent the past 14 years on Tennessee’s athletics staff and currently serves as assistant athletic director for student-athlete relations and lettermen.
Johnson is now tied for the team lead in rushing touchdowns after running for another short-yardage score out of the "Beast" formation in the first half.
Johnson has five touchdowns in 11 carries. That ties Rajion Neal, who has five touchdowns in 134 carries.
Tennessee was 6-0 in overtime games at home until losing Saturday. Missouri is 11-4 in overtime games, the most overtime wins in NCAA history. Tennessee is in second place at 10-4.
The Vols are 2-2 in overtime under Dooley, beating UAB in 2010 and Vanderbilt in 2011 and losing to North Carolina in the 2010 Music City Bowl.
Missouri didn’t cross the 50-yard line until 2:34 was left in the second quarter ... UT linebacker Curt Maggitt left the game late due to an apparent right knee injury. There was no immediate word on his status. ... Tennessee has 4,951 yards through 10 games, just off the pace of the record-setting 1997 season, when the Vols had 4,953 through this point. ... Former Tennessee receiver Da’Rick Rogers was honored at Tennessee Tech’s Senior Day after informing the school he would enter the NFL draft after this season.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.