The Tennessee Vols were able to get a win against the Kentucky Wildcats this past weekend thanks mostly to a goal line stand with 1:27 remaining in the game.
The Vols make a big-time goalline stop to take care of Kentucky on the road!
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 10, 2019
The defensive stop is what will likely be remembered the most from Tennessee’s 17-13 win, but the game was far from over when the Vols stuffed the Wildcats on fourth down.
Kentucky still had all three timeouts remaining. And Tennessee was deep in UK territory. If Tennessee would’ve failed to get a first down, the Wildcats would’ve had a chance for some late game magic (reminiscent of UT’s loss against BYU).
Tennessee, however, was able to put the game away when quarterback Jarrett Guarantano picked up a first down on a designed run play.
Ballgame. Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano with the third down run to move the sticks and put the game away.
The Vols are 5-5 after the 0-2 start with losses to Georgia State and BYU.
They will finish 7-5. #Sharpie
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 10, 2019
It was the perfect play call at the perfect time.
Brilliance from offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, right?
Well, not exactly.
Chaney told the Knoxville QB club on Monday that he didn’t even call the play. It was actually UT head coach Jeremy Pruitt who told Chaney to call the quarterback keeper.
“I was going with a different play and Coach Pruitt said, ‘Jim, try that other one,’ and it worked good.” Chaney added “[A] lot of my plays that turn out good, the other guy called it. I’m not too proud to admit it. It worked, and we’re happy.”
It’s pretty cool to hear Chaney’s perspective of how the game’s final moments played out. It’s also refreshing to hear a humble football coach who isn’t afraid to give the credit to someone else.
The Vols’ coaching staff clearly works well together. It’s obvious that big egos aren’t a problem on Rocky Top.
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