Instant Reaction: All the Fumbles
In front of a record 156,990 onlookers, Tennessee really tried to give the game away against Virginia Tech but somehow won big. But, hey, take it however you can get it as far as I’m concerned.
If it wasn’t for five fumbles from Virginia Tech, this would’ve been a very different game. But, we can talk about ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ all day and Tennessee still won this game 45–24.
A big win is a big win is a big win.
Be happy that after a terrible first week, Tennessee came out and showed what they can do.
Overall, the offense was still relatively flat and unimpressive. The 24 unanswered points in the second quarter was a real bright spot but there’s still A LOT of work that needs to be done with UT’s offensive line.
Defensively, Tennessee was solid all the way around. Bob Shoop’s squad started slow, but after they settled in, it was a total lockdown. A decent argument could be made that the unit needs to work on making stops on third down but other than that, there’s not much more to say.
Don’t get my seemingly cheery disposition wrong, there are still plenty of improvements that need to be made before Florida comes to Knoxville in two weeks, but for now, you can relish a good win in an amazing venue.
INSTANT REACTION GRADES:
Running Backs: B
Offensive Line: C
Wide Receivers: B-
Defensive Line: B+
Special teams: B
Virginia Tech’s inability to hold on to the football: A++