The Sunday Rewind
VOLS FALL TO 2-2
The day after
[rl]Tennessee finds itself 2-2 returning to Knoxville to host Florida for a noon start following Saturday's heartbreaking 35-32 loss at Georgia. We take a look back at the Vols SEC opener in our Sunday morning feature, The Day After. ...more
Vols step closer to burying past
The mowers were between the hedges and the blowers were herding the day's excesses throughout Sanford Stadium when Butch Jones emerged from Tennessee's locker room maybe a hundred yards from where host Georgia buries the bones of its deceased bulldog mascots.
Tennessee, again, had come tantalizingly close to burying this football program's dogged past. To not even needing to breathe "moral" and "loss" in the same setting. ...more
'Great question' sees Vols give answer
For the better part of what turned out to be a sun-drenched day between Georgia's famed hedges, the number 13 mattered not.
And afterwards, in a hurting Vol locker room, there was no distinction between the heartache of those 13 who had played in Athens before and the "young" Vols who were being baptized in the SEC against a Heisman Trophy candidate and the ranked Bulldogs who were favored by 17.5 points.
Worley's return gave Vols chance
The usually placid Justin Worley, having just thrown a 31-yard dart to Pig Howard for a touchdown, turned to the Tennessee sideline midway through the fourth quarter Saturday and emphatically pumped the very arm wrapped in a black Neoprene sleeve, covering the injured elbow that had cost him the Vols' previous three possessions.
The senior quarterback wasn't taking no for an answer after coming back from hitting the elbow on his throwing arm on Georgia linebacker Jordan Jenkin's helmet.
Fumble taints Hurd's career day
It was his best game of his young career.
Former five-star recruit Jalen Hurd ran for 119 yards on 24 carries and scored the Vols' opening touchdown. He added three catches for 19 yards as he totaled 138 yards on the afternoon.
But, one play overshadowed his breakout performance in his first SEC game, a fumble on the quarterback exchange in his own end zone that Georgia linebacker Josh Dawson fell on for a touchdown to take the lead to 35-25 with 4:27 on the clock in the 'Dawgs 35-32 win over Tennessee.
Hurd was quick to take the blame after the game.
Bright spots amid disappointments on defense
To say that your defense played 'good enough to win' on a day when the opposition scores 35 points may sound contradictory. Nevertheless, the case can be made that Tennessee got the kind of effort on defense that might have gotten them over the hump today had it not been for two costly second half turnovers from the Vols' offense.
Butch Jones may not want to use the game film for next spring's coaching clinic, but the fact is Tennessee played out of its mind on defense for most of the afternoon.
Special teams step up in loss
Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has changed his tone on special teams. In the first two weeks of the season, they simply weren't good enough.
Saturday, in Tennessee's 35-32 loss here to No. 12 Georgia, they provided plenty.
Instant analysis: Another tough loss for the Vols
Tennessee once again came close to winning a road SEC game agains a ranked opponent, but they once again couldn't get over the hump and turn the corner in Athens Saturday afternoon in a 35-32 loss to Georgia. Rob Lewis quickly recaps the Vols loss from Sanford Stadium.