Daniel Hood says overturned call another chapter in book of hard luck for Vols' seniors

Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels (6) passes against Tennessee in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels (6) passes against Tennessee in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

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Butch Jones, face still raw and red from the cold, wouldn’t go there.

“No comment on the officials today,” the Tennessee football coach said while the cheering of raucous Vanderbilt players and fans could still be heard from outside the conference room in which the Vols conduct post-game interviews.

Vanderbilt came from behind for a 14-10 victory over Tennessee at Neyland Stadium on Saturday night. The Commodores’ crushing final drive will be remembered for one play. With less than a minute left and UT leading 10-7, officials overturned their original spot on Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels’ sneak on fourth-and-inches. The Vols went from chest bumping when Carta-Samuels was originally ruled short to realizing the Commodores were still marching. After video review, officials declared Vanderbilt had a first down at the UT 33.

A request for Jones’ reaction to the call was the first thing the coach encountered from the media. He eventually issued a generic response that could be tied loosely to the call.

“It’s a game of inches,” he said. “We always talk about that. And you know what? The inches got us today.”

Then Jones exited and senior defensive tackle Daniel Hood entered. He expressed no qualms with the overturned call. Instead he said it was expected.

“We were talking on the sideline that we knew they were going to get it, “ he said. “So we were kind of preparing for what to do next. How can we stop their next play? From that point on we just couldn’t get it done.”

Butch Jones talks after UT's 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt

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Vanderbilt scored the go-ahead touchdown with 16 seconds left. Vanderbilt backup quarterback Patton Robinette out of Maryville High School tucked and ran five yards. It led to a stunned stadium and Hood adding another chapter in his book of hard luck. He touched on former coach Lane Kiffin jolting the Vols when he left UT for USC, and mentioned an earlier heartbreaking loss to Georgia this season, one that is remembered for the touchdown receiver Alton “Pig” Howard fumbled out of the end zone.

“That’s a burden we will shoulder,” he said. “Because we know we finally got the right coach here. And every person in that locker room believes that 100 percent. So we will carry that burden so guys in the future can win championships.”

While Hood could look ahead on a Senior Night that went wrong, he also gave a succinct explanation of a moment that will long be remembered.

“We went from the highest high to the lowest low,” he said.

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underthehill writes:

The call should not have needed to be overturned..the official who made the spot should never be allowed to officiate another game..tough loss..but not on the officials on this call..

Typical_WillfullyIgnorant_Idiotic_ET_RWNJ writes:

in response to underthehill:

The call should not have needed to be overturned..the official who made the spot should never be allowed to officiate another game..tough loss..but not on the officials on this call..

So you're pizzed off because you got your hopes up? I don't get what you mean by "should not have needed to be overturned." It's like you're mad that they had to review it to get it right.

As long as they got it right, what difference does it make? Sure it needed to be overturned. The system worked exactly as it should have. They used the process and technology in place to make a better call than what they would have before they had such ability. And just as surely as it screwed you this time, it'll benefit you in a later situation.

What surprised me was that I believe they did that extra review on their own. I don't remember that Vandy used a challenge to make them review it.

Also, using your standard that someone who initially gets something wrong should not be allowed to be a part of another game... disqualifies about half your team.

Goodgriefcharliebrown writes:

Every play is subject to official review in the SEC. It happens in every game. Tennessee lost because of poor coaching. Yes, jones is no Saban or he wouldn't be at a sub par school such as Tennessee. I see the typical fan blame game is turning toward poor officiating. Never where the blame truly goes and that's to poor coaching and poor execution. Poor execution is a direct result of poor coaching. Robinettes was coached by a great coach in high school. George Quarrels. Period. One more loss and Tennessee will be the worse team in the SEC and not the best of the worse. Gotta laugh, can you lower your silly car window flags to half staff?

jmaples54 writes:

in response to Goodgriefcharliebrown:

Every play is subject to official review in the SEC. It happens in every game. Tennessee lost because of poor coaching. Yes, jones is no Saban or he wouldn't be at a sub par school such as Tennessee. I see the typical fan blame game is turning toward poor officiating. Never where the blame truly goes and that's to poor coaching and poor execution. Poor execution is a direct result of poor coaching. Robinettes was coached by a great coach in high school. George Quarrels. Period. One more loss and Tennessee will be the worse team in the SEC and not the best of the worse. Gotta laugh, can you lower your silly car window flags to half staff?

a hater, huh? fans of this team are no better and no worse than those of whatever school you support. this university is no better and no worse than any you might have attended or support.

you must really have no life to get on this board and criticize a program when it's down.

a psychologist would have a field day with you.

oh and just wondering how successful your team is this year? I gotta laugh too.

knoxknothead writes:

hope next year they find a QB that can throw the ball

utfans#211352 writes:

I have never seen a game with as many overturned calls, a couple including the last one didn't look indisputable to me. Replay official seemed to be to be inclined to over rule guys n the field.

Atypical_liberal (Inactive) writes:

in response to underthehill:

The call should not have needed to be overturned..the official who made the spot should never be allowed to officiate another game..tough loss..but not on the officials on this call..

You are correct. The spot should not have been overturned because there was NO video evidence to where the football was in relationship to the spot on the field. In the Texas A&M/LSU game, Les Miles challenged a spot call, and with considerable more evidence to change the call, including a direct overhead shot, the replay officials did not reverse the spot. I was shocked when I heard the spotting of the ball had been reversed. The Vols got cheated, but it should never have come to that one call.

Butch Jones, welcome to the hot seat. You lost to the worst Florida team in decades, got blown out by ranked teams, and lost to an underdog Vanderbilt team at home. There is no other way to look at Jones' first season than as a complete failure. By the way coach, find an offensive coordinator!

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

This game was lost by a flat team out of the locker room and a coach that doesn't use the running game to burn the clock and a senior laden offensive line and tailback that can't make a 1 yard first down to win a game.
Butch's coaching and staff is a dud. Continuation of the idiots Kiffboy and doofus.
How is that firing of Fulmer doing for this program now? The gray uniforms should be retired. They equate in two games to a team that finds more ways to lose.
With Utah State,Oklahoma Ole Miss and UT Chattanooga on the schedule next year it will be another 5 and 7 loss season at best.
Keep that resume updated Butch.

underthehill writes:

in response to Typical_WillfullyIgnorant_Idiotic_ET_RWNJ:

So you're pizzed off because you got your hopes up? I don't get what you mean by "should not have needed to be overturned." It's like you're mad that they had to review it to get it right.

As long as they got it right, what difference does it make? Sure it needed to be overturned. The system worked exactly as it should have. They used the process and technology in place to make a better call than what they would have before they had such ability. And just as surely as it screwed you this time, it'll benefit you in a later situation.

What surprised me was that I believe they did that extra review on their own. I don't remember that Vandy used a challenge to make them review it.

Also, using your standard that someone who initially gets something wrong should not be allowed to be a part of another game... disqualifies about half your team.

Apparently ..I did not do a good job stating my comment..my feeling is a competent official would not make such an obvious mistake in creating controversy that would have been eliminated if he had got it right to start with..I was watching the game with a friend and he was devastated that the official missed the call and caused him to think UT had the game won..it was so obvious the official marked the ball far shorter than he should have that I think it was intentional..and I think the guy should never be allowed to officiate a little league game..I also think it may have hurt the Vol chances to win by having them celebrate too early..

Typical_WillfullyIgnorant_Idiotic_ET_RWNJ writes:

in response to underthehill:

Apparently ..I did not do a good job stating my comment..my feeling is a competent official would not make such an obvious mistake in creating controversy that would have been eliminated if he had got it right to start with..I was watching the game with a friend and he was devastated that the official missed the call and caused him to think UT had the game won..it was so obvious the official marked the ball far shorter than he should have that I think it was intentional..and I think the guy should never be allowed to officiate a little league game..I also think it may have hurt the Vol chances to win by having them celebrate too early..

it's the roller coaster rides and cliff hangers and whiplash reversals that make it so fun.

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