The score is 42-41 in the 2nd OT and Paul Johnson was obviously tired of coaching and was ready to end this game one way or another, so instead of opting to kick the extra point to tie the game, he decided to go for 2 and his running back was stopped centimeters, not even inches short of the goal-line. Johnson clearly felt as though his run game was strong enough to get the 2 yards necessary for the W but the back was met head-on by a defender and was introduced first hand to SEC football!
The real stories from this game in my humble opinion is the record-breaking performance by TaQuon Marshall (44 carries 249 yards 5 TDs) and the emergence of Marquez Callaway could not have come at a better time. Standout receiver Jaquan Jennings went down with what appears to be a season ending injury, and the Vols were needing someone other than Johnathan Kelly to make a play on offense and Callaway stepped up in a major way! The USC transfer wasted no time in solidifying himself as a go-to option for first year starter Quinten Dormandy. Callaway showed great hands, power, speed and playmaking ability in last night’s thriller. With Tennessee down 28-14 Callaway took one to the house on a 45 yard catch and run that would see him stiff arm one defender and make another 2 miss as he reached pay-dirt. And we can’t forget when he Mossed ole boy in the corner of that fade route in the 3rd. Look, I’m not a fan of Tennessee but that guy made some money for himself last nigh. This is most definitely an early candidate for college football’s game if the year!