For the first time in his career, Coach Gus Duggerton is heading to the BCS Title Game! Top-ranked Tennessee took down No. 12 Ole Miss 35-28 in Atlanta on Friday afternoon in a game that did NOT need to be as close as it was.
You saw the final play above, when the Rebels came within inches of potentially tying the game. But I would not be doing my job correctly without mentioning that the Volunteers had a 35-13 lead with just 4:40 left in the game.
Coach Duggs made a boneheaded decision to go for it in the middle of the fourth quarter instead of kicking a field goal to make it a three-score game. It backfired immensely.
The underdogs then cut it to a one-score game to keep hope alive...
And then their prayer was answered after a shocking onside kick recovery, all in the final minute.
So with that, Coach Duggs avoided what would have been one of the biggest disasters in college football history. But the bottom line is, that is not the case. And what we CAN talk about is this magical season he continues to have.
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The highlight of the game, year, and probably the greatest play by a Coach Duggs-led player came right before halftime. Deion Flash, the stage is yours...
The only set of bad news we received after the game was that both QB Caleb Pressley and RB JoJo Smalls ended up on the outside looking in when it came to the Heisman voting.
Joke's on you, Chris Palmer. Take your trophy. These Vols will take a chance at the NATTY any day of the week.
Speaking of that, we have our matchup to decide college football's best team in 2017. It's the No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers taking on the No. 2 Virginia Tech Hokies.
The biggest game in the history of Gus Duggerton's career. The biggest game for Tennessee since 1998.
Sunday night (time TBD). We'll see you then.