It wasn't easy by any means, but the Tennessee Volunteers and Head Coach Gus Duggerton have picked up another hard-earned win in the SEC.
Tennessee 24, Alabama 20 is your final score from Neyland Stadium tonight, as the No. 1 Volunteers are now winners of five games in a row heading into back-to-back off days.
Despite the win, it was another slow start for Coach Duggs' squad. An unranked Alabama team is something we are not used to seeing, which allowed the Crimson Tide to play looser than usual. This benefitted them early on.
Fast forward to late in the second quarter, and Alabama opened up a 10-point lead. Facing 4th and 4 inside Tide territory, Coach Duggs had a decision to make. But with his star kicker in the room, the decision was easy to make.
Thanks to some assistance by Assistant Coach Muj Fricke, Tennessee came out of the locker room with a clinical drive to open up the third quarter. This one took the majority of the clock and resulted in a tie ballgame.
The Tennessee offense didn't have its best stuff tonight, but even sans Rico Burgerton, QB Stefon Cheah still managed to come up clutch.
And in the end, with some big sacks in addition to poor clock management by Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, the Volunteers cemented another humongous win.
Tennessee (7-2, 4-1) now gets a well-deserved break and will next play against Texas A&M in College Station on Sunday night (time TBD). Hope everyone in Duggs Nation enjoys their weekend and we will see you then.