Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett booted a 35-yard field goal.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley slung his headphones to the ground.
And just like that, another era of UT football was unofficially over.
There's no debating the ramifications of Missouri's 51-48, four-overtime victory over Tennessee at Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon. A coach can't be 0-6 in the SEC in his third season at UT and expect a fourth.
Tennessee should call a media conference today or Monday. Or maybe it will make an announcement on its own website that Dooley won't return and that it will begin the search for a new coach immediately.
What's the point of waiting any longer?
UT can't finish the regular season with a winning record. It can't finish any better than 2-6 in the SEC.
Never mind the enormous rebuilding job facing Dooley when he assumed command of UT football. Another six-loss season just isn't good enough at Tennessee — not after the 6-7 and 5-7 seasons that preceded it.
The nature of the loss only made it harder. The season already had been marked by close losses. This one was even closer.
In none of those other losses did UT look as superior as it did in the first half against Missouri, which entered the game with only one conference victory.
The Vols took a 21-7 halftime lead. Tyler Bray completed 21 of 26 passes for 257 yards. Missouri's only score was on a kickoff return.
Former UT All-American linebacker Al Wilson was on the sideline. UT legendary defensive lineman Reggie White was featured on the Jumbotron. And UT's SEC-worst defense suddenly was playing as though it had been trained by General Neyland.
The whole show almost seemed scripted.
Two quarters and four overtime periods later, it seemed more like an aberration.
Missouri's Kendial Lawrence scored on a 77-yard run on the first play from scrimmage of the second half. The Tigers gained 215 yards and UT's defense regained its identity in the third quarter.
But even after the Tigers finally cranked up their offense, the Vols had so many opportunities to win this game. What's new, huh?
On Missouri's last four possessions in regulation, it successfully converted four times on fourth down. On its game-tying drive, it gained 17 yards on a fourth-and-9 from the UT 40; then later scored on a 25-yard pass from quarterback James Franklin to Dorial Green-Beckham on fourth-and-12.
You've seen it all before: the opponent makes plays, the Vols don't.
The last play they didn't make was on fourth-and-3 from the Missouri 18 in the fourth overtime. Quarterback Tyler Bray completed 37 passes on the afternoon but couldn't complete his last one.
When the ball hit the ground, the game was in Missouri's court. Despite all that has gone wrong for the Tigers in their first SEC season, they were up to the task, carefully running on three successive downs to set up Baggett's field goal.
Dooley might have called a field goal on the Vols' last try. But why would he? Better to take your chances with the Tennessee offense than its kicker and defense.
He made the right decision. He got the wrong results.
It's questionable if the right results could have changed the outcome of this season. Even if the Vols could have won their last four games and ended the regular season at 7-5, they hardly would have assured Dooley and his staff of another season.
UT athletic director Dave Hart has to look at more than the scoreboard. He has to look at a huge stadium that UT hasn't come close to filling the last two games.
He has to look at the program's 0-15 record against Top 25 teams the last three seasons; what players it will have returning; and next season's schedule, which includes an ominous September with back-to-back games at Oregon and Florida.
He has to think about selling tickets for the next season, not the last home game against Kentucky in two weeks.
Tennessee football is a tough sell right now. Hart's job will be to find a coach who can change that.