Reality Chomps: Florida runs over Tennessee in second half

Gators run over Vols in 2nd half

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Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter misses a pass during the second half of the Vols' game against Florida at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Tennessee lost, 37-20.

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MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter misses a pass during the second half of the Vols' game against Florida at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Tennessee lost, 37-20.

Recap: Florida at Tennessee

Time-lapse video of Neyland Stadium during Vols' game

“I say it every week,’’ Derek Dooley said Saturday night, “big plays and turnovers.’’

Tennessee made the turnovers. Florida made the big plays, a bunch of them.

And those big plays were the big difference as the 18th-ranked Gators scored 24 unanswered points to overtake and then bury No. 23 Tennessee 37-20 at Neyland Stadium.

The Vols (2-1, 0-1 SEC) had scrambled back on the college football map this week in Dooley’s third year as coach, attracting the program’s first Top 25 ranking in four seasons and their first visit from ESPN’s College GameDay in eight.

It will be a short stay.

A Florida team offensively challenged in its first two games this season racked up 555 yards and scored on plays of 80, 23 and 75 yards to wipe out a 20-13 UT lead in the third quarter.

When Jeff Driskel, the sophomore quarterback making his second start, hit Frankie Hammond for a 75-yard touchdown with 9:55 to play, Florida led 34-20 and a sellout crowd of 102,455 began to file homeward.

“We lost big plays and turnovers,’’ Dooley said. “You can’t give up those big plays in this league and expect to win a football game. You just can’t.’’

Especially against historical nemesis Florida. The Gators (3-0, 2-0) extended their mastery of wanna-be rival Tennessee to eight years.

This time, the Vols were a mild favorite and appeared to have the edge with big-play performers in a high-octane offense.

Cordarrelle Patterson caught eight passes for 75 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Justin Hunter caught five balls for 76 yards, but never found the end zone.

Tyler Bray was only 22 of 44 passing for 257 yards. His other TD pass was for 6 yards to tight end Mychal Rivera in the second quarter.

But it all added up to a modest 340 yards of offense in the Vols’ first test against an SEC defense.

Still, it was anybody’s game for three quarters.

An ESPN national audience watched the Vols go up 20-13 when linebacker A.J. Johnson joined the offense and scored on a 1-yard run midway through the third quarter.

An unexpected touchdown from No. 45 would have been poignant on a night when Johnny Majors’ No. 45 jersey was retired in a pregame ceremony.

But Florida wasn’t feeling sentimental.

The Gators quickly got even on Trey Burton’s 80-yard touchdown run with 3:15 left in the third quarter.

From that point on, the Vols could not match the Gators on either side of the line of scrimmage.

“We have put a tremendous emphasis on winning the fourth quarter and winning the second half and wearing down our opponent,’’ said Florida coach Will Muschamp.

“That’s something we’ve been able to do in the first three games. Again, that’s just something our kids have bought into.’’

After Burton’s TD sprint, Bray completed only three of his final 15 pass attempts.

Mixed in were two drops that would have sustained drives, as well as Bray’s second interception of the game.

“I can’t put into words, really, what happened,’’ said tailback Rajion Neal of UT’s meltdown.

After the second interception, by Matt Elam, Florida scored quickly, a three-play, 70-yard drive. A 45-yard Mike Gillislee run set up Driskel’s 23-yard pass to Jordan Reed to go up 27-20.

The Vols had two chances to answer but didn’t. Then came the Driskel-to-Hammond back-breaker.

Finally, Florida’s Caleb Sturgis added his third field goal, from 49 yards, with 6:44 to play.

“We thought we could go toe-to-toe with them for four quarters, yes,’’ said Dooley.

“There’s no excuses. We didn’t get it done.’’

The Vols had modest success running the ball as Neal rushed for 87 yards. The Gators, however, dwarfed UT’s total with 336 yards on the ground.

Florida also didn’t have a turnover — although it almost had a horrific one the first time it touched the ball.

The Gators’ first offensive snap — backed up at their 10 — was an attempted reverse but the ball got dropped on the exchange and was on the ground at the 3.

No orange shirts could get to it, however. Florida recovered and punted out of danger.

Shortly, Bray was throwing his first interception of the season — on his 66th attempt. Lerentee McCray’s pick and return gave the Gators a short field.

Burton, perhaps loosening up for his second-half jaunt, scored on a 14-yard dash.

Down 7-0, the Vols got even on the 2-yard TD dart from Bray to Patterson.

The Vols’ next possession was a laborious, 16-play affair but it got the desired result.

Along the way UT had to overcome three penalties and an official’s ruling of a Patterson fumble that was overturned on review.

The TD pass to Rivera put Tennessee on top 14-7. They just couldn’t find a way to stay there.

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LADAWG writes:

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DeltaCharlie3 writes:

I'm watching the replay now. Meet Trey Burton. He's a hybrid FB/RB/TE and he outran your entire secondary.

Speed kills.

DennisVols writes:

Well I hate to say it but this might be as good as it gets under coach Dooley. I do believe this team is better and will show that by the end of the year, but if just getting to a bowl game is our goal then this is what we have now. The 2nd half was won because we failed to male the necessary changes or adjustments in order to win the game. UF made those adjustments. If the game had been close I could accept that but this was not even as close as last years game.
This team still needs to finish the rebuilding but I no longer believe this coaching staff can get us to a point greater than just getting to a bowl game and maybe winning that. I am tired of the excuses. There was no reason UT should not have been competitive throughout this game based on talent and playmakers. UT got outcoached, plain and simple. Coaching grade F-
Keeping it Real
GoVols!!!

ooltewahorange writes:

Painfull, I had hope. Whole staff not just Dooley is not to par with top SEC teams. We have a handfull of studs but not enough. You have to have the horses to run the race!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

OK, I've seen this twice now, but has our program really fallen so far off the wagon that we're thanking God Almighty we're not as bad as Kentucky because they lost to WKU? This from a News-Sentinel Staffer!!

SevenT writes:

Nothing is guaranteed in life except death and taxes........except for Tennessee losing to Florida every year.

Just Saying

arkyvol writes:

i think it was fulmer's last year, when the vols got blown out down at gainsville. several of the gator players said that it seemed that the vols just gave up. i had the same sick feeling in the last quarter tonight.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

On the brighter side tonight. Stanford 21 USC 14. Lil lane fires Dad.

MikeNPS writes:

At least one good thing happened in college football today..... Lame Kitten and his USC Trojans lost.

eduardo writes:

Dooley's halftime adjustments=epic failure once again! Take your 4 mil and get the F outta here!

OrangeBlur writes:

Sloppy Top

ooltewahorange writes:

in response to eduardo:

Dooley's halftime adjustments=epic failure once again! Take your 4 mil and get the F outta here!

Good guy but not a great head coach or recruiter. See ya!!

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

Hey Sal, welcome to the UF-UT "rivalry." Here's 555 yards of total offense for you to chew on.

Purple_at_Heart writes:

I hate to see it but Dooley may be gone very soon. Great guy but Vol fans want victories.

Good on Kiffen today!

Vol_Fan33 writes:

we loose 8 straight games to Florida, this is crazy!! We just gave up in the second half.Oh and still no running game.Would have been a great start to the season if we could have won tonight.I think the blame needs to be on the coaching staff, something needs to be done or else its gonna be another long year. On the bright side though how many of you liked that great reception by Dooley?

VolGrad writes:

Grilled crow. That's one nasty bird. O well.

Now, on to the next....

Go Vols! Beat the Zips!!!

Aussievol writes:

Florida trolls, please don't be fooled into thinking that y'all have a good team like us Vols did. It hurts too much. Remember last year? Did y'all think you were pretty good after beating us last year? How did that work out for you? Enjoy the win but understand that you will probably finish the rest of your schedule 5-4. Also know that you gave us a head start on you guys for a search for a new head coach, thats unless you are going to settle for 6-6 or 7-5 from now on.

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to VolGrad:

Grilled crow. That's one nasty bird. O well.

Now, on to the next....

Go Vols! Beat the Zips!!!

Agree completely, Vol grad. I really thought the Vols would win this game. I even said so on this site. As for crow, I will eat mine any way it is prepared: baked, fried, broasted, roasted, or even fricaseed.

Pullingguard writes:

in response to MikeNPS:

At least one good thing happened in college football today..... Lame Kitten and his USC Trojans lost.

vol fans need to get over Lane Kiffin".. The weak spot in Knoxville has nothing to do with the past or Lane..

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

I read the article. I didn't read the comments. i may read some articles on here over the next week - I may even comment a few times - I won't be reading any comments though. That's because there will be way too many comments coming from our a-hole trolls. Funny, walking back to the car after the game, I was thinking that the worst part of losing the game wasn't losing the game, it was how our resident trolls will respond. They will out-do themselves when it comes to a-holeness.

arkyvol writes:

in response to Aussievol:

Florida trolls, please don't be fooled into thinking that y'all have a good team like us Vols did. It hurts too much. Remember last year? Did y'all think you were pretty good after beating us last year? How did that work out for you? Enjoy the win but understand that you will probably finish the rest of your schedule 5-4. Also know that you gave us a head start on you guys for a search for a new head coach, thats unless you are going to settle for 6-6 or 7-5 from now on.

for some reason, dissing the team that stomped the vols doesn't make me feel a lot better. if they're as bad as what you make them out to be, what does that say about our team?

frblalack writes:

Our weakness was exposed in the second half. Definitely slow defensive backs (Teague was either taking bad angles or just not fast enough for the Fla receivers and Waggoner got exposed for their easy corner pass touchdown. In short, our secondary excepting Brent Brewer & Brian Randolph isn't SEC caliber. The two or three crucial drops by our talented receiving crew didn't help...Justin & CP and Tyler didn't have the game needed to beat FLA. Definite improvement from Rajon...getting better every day! But when your "stars" don't get it done, and your weak secondary gets exposed...well it just doesn't work against a good SEC team. The only receiver who didn't drop an obvious first down or touchdown (CP) was Zach Rogers. A bright spot for an otherwise dismal receiving corps. Even Rivera drops a crucial pass.

Anyway I sure hope Teague and Wagonner and the awful cornerback play can be remedied...bad angles & poor tackling...not what you'd expect from a Sunsieri defense. Great play from McCullars, Jacques Smith, and 1st Team All-American A.J. Johnson. They should each be recognized for their tremendous effort. Also Herman Lathers showed his grit; great job Herman. And finally Brent Brewer proved he should be in the starting lineup: impressive!

We got beat by a more talented team; let's hope we learn from this. I still have faith in the Vols.

Recommendations for my two cents! We have to eliminate the deer-in-the-headlights mentality when we get behind. And we have to dramatically improve the play of our cornerbacks, or it's going to be another very looooong season.

All Vols - All the Time - Vol for Life - I STILL Believe!

arkyvol writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

I read the article. I didn't read the comments. i may read some articles on here over the next week - I may even comment a few times - I won't be reading any comments though. That's because there will be way too many comments coming from our a-hole trolls. Funny, walking back to the car after the game, I was thinking that the worst part of losing the game wasn't losing the game, it was how our resident trolls will respond. They will out-do themselves when it comes to a-holeness.

if your definition of "a-hole" is somebody who doesn't drink the doolaid, you need to stay away from these sites. i suspect there will be a lot more of them real soon. i think its called an 'epiphany'.

Truthteller writes:

Dooley comments in post game presser

"We ran the ball fine in the first half, we had 67 yards....."

and after 2 interceptions, 4 that were dropped by florida defenders, an intentional grounding, and O for last 3 series...Dooley said of bray -

"We cant lay the blame on Tyler"

Aussievol writes:

Let go of the Kiffin aggression. Who doesnt think we would have performed better tonight with Kiffin on the sideline instead of Dooley? If so, you are dreaming. At least he had a UT team play hard and close for 4 quarters against a Florida team that was waaaayyyy better than the one we quit against tonight. Anyone want to dispute that?

Move on because Lane has and he's a happier person for it.

VOLKING writes:

I'm beginning to think the trolls are right. It pains me to say it, but if this season turns into a repeat of last season, the question is going to be..."who will our next head coach be...and can he save the program?" Florida had the better team out there today...plain and simple.

Truthteller writes:

in response to VOLKING:

I'm beginning to think the trolls are right. It pains me to say it, but if this season turns into a repeat of last season, the question is going to be..."who will our next head coach be...and can he save the program?" Florida had the better team out there today...plain and simple.

maybe the vols can hire a BAMA coach to go with that BAMA ad

Aussievol writes:

in response to arkyvol:

for some reason, dissing the team that stomped the vols doesn't make me feel a lot better. if they're as bad as what you make them out to be, what does that say about our team?

It says we arent good. I understand the implication. I assumed it was self explanatory.

TNPilgrim writes:

TN outcoached and outplayed by a mediocre Fla team. Who's to blame? Maybe it's the curse of UT arrogance, warning fans they'll be arrested if they rush the field after our victory. Anybody want to reconsider their prediction of an eight-win season for the Big Orange?

cloudodust writes:

Florida was coached up and believed in themselves. They played as a team. We lost, the best team won. Learn something and move on...Progress isn't measured in one game. It's measured in what you lean from a set back. Tennessee has a ways to go. It'll be interesting to see how this TEAM responds to adversity. There will be more losses, there will be some wins but how they play 'em will be key. UT got whipped tonight. As a Vol for life before VFL became cool, I'm sticking around...Got my own sport to deal with and a 1hr run Sunday AM with a lower respiartory problem will tell me something about myself...As always, GBO

bentley writes:

Att Mr.Hart pick up the phone call bobby petrino an tell him you got him an his gf a job we need a big name coach to get talent in here now not take 20years i am sick of the bottom cellar

BluezVol writes:

Here is the difference:

FLA came into the game expecting to win somehow...

UT came into the game expecting to lose somehow...

The 4th quarter was evidence of both.

volfaninutah writes:

I'm afraid that I see a streak similar to the one with Kentucky. We can't seem to execute against these guys. Poor tackling after initial contact tonight/ We had guys in position to make plays but they seemed to slip away and make the big plays. Our defensive ends played terrible containment tonight. We got sucked inside so many times. Driskel was the difference tonight. He made the BIG plays when they needed it. we didn't.

realitycheck33 writes:

in response to Aussievol:

Florida trolls, please don't be fooled into thinking that y'all have a good team like us Vols did. It hurts too much. Remember last year? Did y'all think you were pretty good after beating us last year? How did that work out for you? Enjoy the win but understand that you will probably finish the rest of your schedule 5-4. Also know that you gave us a head start on you guys for a search for a new head coach, thats unless you are going to settle for 6-6 or 7-5 from now on.

lol... the only similarity between the 2 situations is that we both sucked last year. That's where it ends. Florida has vastly improved but understands that it is still a long way away from being where it wants to be. From reading all your fans comments from before the game and the absolutely ludicrous predictions of an eminent 42-17 drubbing, you would have thought that UT fans had some semblance of reality and would play the game tight but they don't. I personally honestly thought Florida would win a really tight game because they had a better defense, better kicking game and better running game and Florida would flex its muscle in the second half. UT fans thought they would blow florida out because of some vaunted offense that has never done a thing versus a decent defense. 42-17. That was the score predicted over and over and over on this site. Even thinking you had a chance to score 42 points on florida was insane. Reset you expectations and understand what it takes to win in this league - tough defense and a good running game. 42-17! That's what you all expected... Beautiful. I said florida 31-21 maybe more if Florida had a few INT's. I must be a genius....

realitycheck33 writes:

Also probably not a good idea to publish front page articles about "not storming the field" 3 days before a game...

VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

I read the article. I didn't read the comments. i may read some articles on here over the next week - I may even comment a few times - I won't be reading any comments though. That's because there will be way too many comments coming from our a-hole trolls. Funny, walking back to the car after the game, I was thinking that the worst part of losing the game wasn't losing the game, it was how our resident trolls will respond. They will out-do themselves when it comes to a-holeness.

You are so weird..... you actually thought the worst part about losing was gonna be what people post on here, I dont care what any1 posts, nothing any1 can say can make me feel worse than that loss did. Here I was thinking we had a good shot at beating Fla and got my hopes up only to be shot down in the worst way imaginable by UT looking like they just gave up after they got down by 1 touchdown.

Also y post that your not gonna read comments??? You have one weird post

VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

in response to Truthteller:

Dooley comments in post game presser

"We ran the ball fine in the first half, we had 67 yards....."

and after 2 interceptions, 4 that were dropped by florida defenders, an intentional grounding, and O for last 3 series...Dooley said of bray -

"We cant lay the blame on Tyler"

You cant lay the blame all on him it was a team loss,550 yards or something like that given up on def. A few droped balls by recievers, Oline was letting em get to bray all night idk the exact # but they had alot of qb hurries and not to mention Fla wasnt concerned with the run game at all which meant they was loading up on bray in the secondary.

So ya Bray cant work miracles and I agree he didnt play well but all im saying is it was a team loss

VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

in response to Aussievol:

Let go of the Kiffin aggression. Who doesnt think we would have performed better tonight with Kiffin on the sideline instead of Dooley? If so, you are dreaming. At least he had a UT team play hard and close for 4 quarters against a Florida team that was waaaayyyy better than the one we quit against tonight. Anyone want to dispute that?

Move on because Lane has and he's a happier person for it.

He also had Eric Berry. ERIC BERRY!!!!!!!!!! nuff said

Supersayin1 writes:

So sick of hearing people say Fire Dooley Now, and we need to stay committed to the run game

1. I say what run game?

2. We've tried everything we could to get open lanes for our RB's,and they open the holes 80-90% of the time, but our RB's aren't explosive enough with power,speed,and vision to hit the holes and go North on a consistant basis.

3. We need Bigger,faster, better SEC Caliber RB's.
Bama has a Stable of backs that could hit the holes our O-line open up and have huge success, Ours like to dance and turn their backs to the hole hoping to fall through.

4. You can't coach natural ability,and UF showed they have players with natural ability to make plays.

5. Dooley has turned UT around from absolute destruction. So many of you wanted UT's culture to come back, and Dooley got it back with mostly good kids.

6. You want nothing but Choir boys, but get upset when you realize you can't win with only them on the team.

7. If you fire Dooley now, you will lose more games for even more years, and none of you can stomach losing anymore than we already have.

8.Consitancy works,switching coaches every 4 years doesn't!

9. Have some freaking patience and let the man continue to turn the program around in the right way. You want Dooley to win with Choir boys, it's gonna take much longer to do so.

10. Seriously, have you ever played sports against a group of quote un quote kids with a slight Thug mentality? They have a Natural ability and a killer instinct to match, which tends to give them the edge in sports, especially at skill positions that require speed and toughness.

In Closing GO VOLS, and allow the coach we have to finsh what you wanted him to start with what he inherited, with the cultural stipulations you wanted!
.

TNVOLFN writes:

Ok, so I am a recruit... Tell me one thing you have accomplished,Dooley, and show me how you will make me better... You are a LOSER, no one can, or will, win with you.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to TNVOLFN:

Ok, so I am a recruit... Tell me one thing you have accomplished,Dooley, and show me how you will make me better... You are a LOSER, no one can, or will, win with you.

Just watch the NC State tape, you'll be convinced too. LOL

AZ_Vol writes:

in response to bentley:

Att Mr.Hart pick up the phone call bobby petrino an tell him you got him an his gf a job we need a big name coach to get talent in here now not take 20years i am sick of the bottom cellar

What are you going to pay Petrino, or any coach? "Monopoly" money?

Maybe you didn't get the memo: our athletic department been operating on the cheap. For quite awhile.

And why in hell would we want an eyesore like Petrino? Look what he did to Arkansas. To all those kids he recruited. We were spared the indignity of the last bottom-feeder who packed up and went west just before his brand of, ahem, winning, took its toll on us worse than it did.

I swear, some of y'all just don't have a pulse from the neck up.

cestafford16 writes:

I knew Florida would give Tennessee a challenging game and seem to put them on edge from time to time. I didn't expect them to explode like they did in the 2nd half, which is why I think the game ended the way it did. Tennessee did get burned defensively and the effective passing game seemed to disappear through the 2nd half, but I think Tennessee was mostly drained emotionally. Just like I've seen quite often the past several years, when a couple bad plays don't go the team's way, they seem like they give up right then and act like they can't turn it around. It's aggravating, especially when you hear about how much the players have matured since last season. I understand it gets hard to keep your head up and stay focused in big moments like that, but you still shouldn't let it get to your head. I think the hype of the game that was built up all week and the media and other "outside clutter" going into this game gave Tennessee a little more pressure than they were ready to handle, which to me made the team try to do too much or feel like they needed to do more than they should have to stay in the game. Now that they've experienced that big game setting, I think they'll have a better understanding of how to handle it when it comes back around. I still believe Tennessee has a talented team, and as disappointed as I was in this loss, it's still one game. There's 9 more to go, and I still think Tennessee has a decent shot at an 8-win season. Look at the favorable schedule.

As for everyone bashing Dooley and the rest of the coaching staff, ease up on them a bit. I've had my frustrations with them before, but try to keep in mind that they can only do so much. They can't go out there and play the game for them. I feel like they did well in trying to prepare the team mentally for this game and whatnot. It's up to the players to get on the field and make it happen, and tonight the players just simply got outplayed. I know it's very frustrating and it's very difficult to have patience with these situations. I think now that Dooley has his own players and coaching staff, and not Fulmer and Kiffin's leftovers, we'll start to see some progress. Even though that seems hard to believe after tonight's game, just bare with Dooley a little longer, at least until his contract runs out next year.

So anyway, to finish my rambling, I do agree with pretty much everyone else in the Vols fan base that tonight was an upsetting loss. I feel like I, as well as many other fans, may have gotten a little too excited from what we saw the first two games. I personally don't think Tennessee should have entered the Top 25 as soon as they did (though I was still excited about it) because I felt like they still needed that big win to prove themselves. I think it would have maybe put a little less pressure on the players to win. Just keep having faith in the team, they need that support from their fans to help keep their spirits up throughout the season.

chad954ut writes:

I don't take pleasure in another team's defeat. Everyone needs to get over Lane Kiffin and worry about the state of UT's program. The team flat out quit. And before I get drilled by everyone else on this site, I ask the question ,what has Derek Dooley accomplished in his head coaching career that makes you feel he is the man to turn the program around. The Tennessee program has forgotten how to win and it's coach has never learned.

claiborneh writes:

Miscommunication, missed checks, missed tackles and missed opportunities. Out schemed, confused, and worst of all they quit. Recruiting middle tier at best.
This is not rebuilding.

claiborneh writes:

in response to cestafford16:

I knew Florida would give Tennessee a challenging game and seem to put them on edge from time to time. I didn't expect them to explode like they did in the 2nd half, which is why I think the game ended the way it did. Tennessee did get burned defensively and the effective passing game seemed to disappear through the 2nd half, but I think Tennessee was mostly drained emotionally. Just like I've seen quite often the past several years, when a couple bad plays don't go the team's way, they seem like they give up right then and act like they can't turn it around. It's aggravating, especially when you hear about how much the players have matured since last season. I understand it gets hard to keep your head up and stay focused in big moments like that, but you still shouldn't let it get to your head. I think the hype of the game that was built up all week and the media and other "outside clutter" going into this game gave Tennessee a little more pressure than they were ready to handle, which to me made the team try to do too much or feel like they needed to do more than they should have to stay in the game. Now that they've experienced that big game setting, I think they'll have a better understanding of how to handle it when it comes back around. I still believe Tennessee has a talented team, and as disappointed as I was in this loss, it's still one game. There's 9 more to go, and I still think Tennessee has a decent shot at an 8-win season. Look at the favorable schedule.

As for everyone bashing Dooley and the rest of the coaching staff, ease up on them a bit. I've had my frustrations with them before, but try to keep in mind that they can only do so much. They can't go out there and play the game for them. I feel like they did well in trying to prepare the team mentally for this game and whatnot. It's up to the players to get on the field and make it happen, and tonight the players just simply got outplayed. I know it's very frustrating and it's very difficult to have patience with these situations. I think now that Dooley has his own players and coaching staff, and not Fulmer and Kiffin's leftovers, we'll start to see some progress. Even though that seems hard to believe after tonight's game, just bare with Dooley a little longer, at least until his contract runs out next year.

So anyway, to finish my rambling, I do agree with pretty much everyone else in the Vols fan base that tonight was an upsetting loss. I feel like I, as well as many other fans, may have gotten a little too excited from what we saw the first two games. I personally don't think Tennessee should have entered the Top 25 as soon as they did (though I was still excited about it) because I felt like they still needed that big win to prove themselves. I think it would have maybe put a little less pressure on the players to win. Just keep having faith in the team, they need that support from their fans to help keep their spirits up throughout the season.

" and as disappointed as I was in this loss, it's still one game. There's 9 more to go, and I still think Tennessee has a decent shot at an 8-win season. Look at the favorable schedule."

8 wins? Big deal
Here's 6 cupcakes:
NC State, Georgia State, Akron, Troy, Vanderbilt, Kentucky

Supposed to win:
Mississippi St and Missouri

Here's the real season:
Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina

The season is really about 4 games. Based on tonight, they will be expected to lose all four.

Vol_USArmy_Soldier writes:

in response to VolGrad:

Grilled crow. That's one nasty bird. O well.

Now, on to the next....

Go Vols! Beat the Zips!!!

+2

That's the first laugh that I've had following this game. Thanks for getting me out of my funk.

g8trspy writes:

in response to Aussievol:

Florida trolls, please don't be fooled into thinking that y'all have a good team like us Vols did. It hurts too much. Remember last year? Did y'all think you were pretty good after beating us last year? How did that work out for you? Enjoy the win but understand that you will probably finish the rest of your schedule 5-4. Also know that you gave us a head start on you guys for a search for a new head coach, thats unless you are going to settle for 6-6 or 7-5 from now on.

HAHAHAHA!!!
That is your post? Really?
Way to be a good Loser!
HAHAHAHAHA!!!

TeeTRUTH writes:

What in the world happened to Bray in second half . Its like somebody told him to lose. You could see it in his body language. Starting in the second half when they still had the lead. It was like he had no fire. Something is going on behind the scenes that we dont know about.

laraccoon writes:

you would have thought Chaney would have got a little creative with his play calling , especially with some running plays , instead it seemed like he borrowed Randy Sanders play book .

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