October 1, 2012
Review of loss produces plenty of emotions
Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley admits that in watching the game tape of his teams 51-44 loss to Georgia he had every emotion from pride, to joy to anger.
The pride came from watching his team not cave when things got hard. A standard he has been trying to get them play with since his arrival. But on Monday, the head coach was quick to point out that should now be a given.
"I think it's I guess the first time where we have had that kind of adversity against a top ten team and worked our way through it," Dooley said. "So from that standpoint yea, I'm proud of them. They did what I thought they would do and what I expected them to do. But I think the important lesson is that we shouldn't pat ourselves on the back for that because we didn't do what we needed to do to win the football game. We were right there and certainly capable and had the opportunity. That's what we have to improve on. We can't ever change that standard of competitiveness now that we have it and have proven they can do it. We have to do it every week and we have to learn to execute."
The joy came from watching his offense take control of the line of scrimmage in rushing for 198 yards highlighted by six straight runs in the fourth quarter that generated 35 yards and a touchdown.
"It was fun to watch," Dooley said. "But I will tell you man, they played that same way against Florida even though Florida made a few more plays in the backfield. They are a talented bunch. It's fun to watch this O-line grow from a unit that got thrown around and beat on to a unit that's really establishing themselves as one of the best out there.
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