KNOXVILLE — When officials initially ruled that Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels had been stopped short of the first-down marker inside the final minute, the bulk of Neyland Stadium erupted in celebration.
Not so fast. This is Tennessee football, where defeat sometimes is yanked from the jaws of victory.
“I told everybody, ‘Calm down. It might not be over yet,’ ” Vols offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James said.
Such is the current state of Vol Ball. The combination of bad karma and mediocre football doesn’t leave much margin for error.
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