The Tennessee Vols looked out of sorts at times on Saturday night against Missouri, yet they won their sixth game of the season to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2016.
Tennessee displayed some bad clock management in the first half and they shot themselves in the foot numerous times with bad penalties.
But every time the Vols had their back against the wall, they found a way to make a big play while grinding out a 24-20 win.
The Jim Chaney effect was on full display on Saturday night in Columbia. Redshirt junior Jarrett Guarantano set a career high by tossing for 415 yards. He was helped out by a trio of UT wide receivers who each went over 100 yards. It’s the first time in school history that three Vol wide receivers have had at least 100 receiving yards in a game.
(Marquez Callaway 6 receptions for 110 yards, Jauan Jennings 5 receptions for 115 yards and Josh Palmer 6 receptions for 124 yards.)
– Marquez Callaway pic.twitter.com/LBteHMDtwf
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 24, 2019
Tennessee’s win against Missouri was their second straight SEC road win. It’s the first time since 2015 that UT has won two SEC games on the road in a season.
After the game, Jeremy Pruitt told the SEC Network that while he was happy the Vols won the game, there are still a lot of things that need to be worked on.
It’s certainly true that Tennessee was nowhere near perfect against the Tigers, but they found a way to win.
When it comes to road games in the SEC, you don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be good enough.
And on Saturday night, the Vols were good enough.
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