KNOXVILLE — You can't say Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley lacks guts. When you call for a fake field goal in overtime knowing that if it fails you've probably lost your sixth Southeastern Conference game in six tries in a season, you've got guts.
And that's just what Dooley did in Saturday's second overtime against Missouri. Facing a fourth-and-3 at the Missouri 5, the game tied at 35, he called for a fake field goal, and junior holder Tyler Drummer took the snap and raced to his left and into the end zone for a 42-35 lead.
It briefly launched most of the announced Neyland Stadium crowd of 89,272 into an emotional mix of rejoicing and relief, albeit knowing that Mizzou could still win, which it did two overtimes later, prevailing 51-48 on a 35-yard field goal.
But it shouldn't have necessarily come to that bold moment. Had Dooley shown that same riverboat gambler's confidence in the final 43 seconds of regulation, the Vols might have at least had a chance to kick their own field goal for victory.
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