KNOXVILLE — When it comes to whom the Big Orange Nation views as Public Enemy No. 1 for its struggling football program, former Tennessee coaches Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley and former athletic director Mike Hamilton now have some company.
Replay Man, come on down.
According to UT flip cards, Ben Oldham is the Southeastern Conference replay official whose name may now live in infamy in the hearts of BON after he decided Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels actually got a first down at the UT 33-yard line with 46 seconds to play instead of being stopped inches short of that line, as officials on the field originally ruled.
It is certainly fair to pause here to consider whether anyone who spells Austin "A-u-s-t-y-n" deserves such a ruling. But given new life in a game they trailed 10-7 at the time, the Commodores wound up scoring a few plays later when reserve QB Patton Robinette -- who grew up down the road from Neyland Stadium in Maryville and thus far has resisted the urge to spell his last name R-o-b-y-n-e-t-t-e -- scored after faking a Tim Tebow-esque jump pass with 16 ticks on the clock.
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