Tigers Maul Vols Like Siegfried (Or Was It Roy?)

Posted: October 3, 2009 in UT Vols Football
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See that headline.  I should be a sportswriter with that level of cleverness!  Meh, just trying to cheer myself up after watching the Vols lose…again.   Auburn defeated Tennessee 26-22 (a meaningless UT touchdown on the last play of the game made the score look better).  So I guess War Damn Eagle (what I have learned living in Alabama is that it is never just War Eagle, you have to add the “damn”).   What was the good, the bad, and the ugly?

The Good:

  • The running game in general and Hardesty in particular continues to look good, despite not getting much help from the passing game.
  • All-in-all, a pretty solid effort by the defense.  At least they kept Auburn out of the endzone for the most part.
  • Tennessee did show good effort throughout the game.  There were times that they could of rolled over and quit, but they didn’t.
  • The passing game did show some signs of life at the end of the game.  How much of that was just conservative defense on Auburn’s part?  I don’t know, but any sign of life is better than nothing.

The Bad:

  • The passing game showed signs of life at the end, but it was pathetic for a lot of the game.  Crompton was Crompton, but he wasn’t getting much help from the receivers either.  And goodness knows Crompton needs all the help he can get.
  • Quintin Hancock especially seemed like he was basically sleepwalking through the first half.

The Ugly:

  • Special teams were horrendous tonight.  Lincoln missed a chip-shot field goal and had an extra point blocked.  And the Vols gave up big kickoff returns all night.  After closing the gap of the score to 23-16, the last big kickoff return by Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb effectively ended any shot that the Vols had to win the game.

I am not sure Tennessee is going to make a bowl game this year.  But I think they are going to play the role of spoiler for somebody.  The Vols will upset somebody this year (please let be Alabama, please let it be Alabama, please let…).  Next up for UT is the Georgia Bulldogs at home.



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