Tennessee looked like the truth the previous three weeks.
On Saturday, the Volunteers were a true dud.
What was supposed to be a delicious and delightful afternoon at Neyland Stadium turned into a snore in short order. Why did Vols coach Butch Jones have to spike the water with NyQuil?
Unfortunately for us, Alabama-Tennessee didn’t live up to the hype. (Hey, there’s always Alabama-Texas A&M next week!) Still, the contest provided a few calls to remember from another game day in the SEC.
Here are a few worth revisiting from Saturday:
Butch Jones goes ballistic
Someone woke up on the wrong side of “happy” Saturday morning.
Check out the clip below of Jones going red-alert bonkers. He was upset Alabama was allowed to call a timeout to stop the clock with 2 seconds left in the first half of the Crimson Tide’s 49-10 pulverization of his team.
The sequence allowed Crimson Tide kicker Adam Griffith to try a 37-yard field goal. But in a moment of cosmic justice, Griffith missed.
At least we saw Jones go full-on Chernobyl mode, which is almost as great as Alabama coach Nick Saban sinking his teeth into his favorite chew toy, Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. We hope Jones slept a bit better Saturday night, but that’s as likely as the Volunteers making Alabama sweat if the teams meet once more in the SEC Championship Game.
Butch Jones was NOT TOO HAPPY after Alabama got a chance to call a timeout at the end of the half. pic.twitter.com/BRrTxidECp
— WBIR Sports (@WBIRSports) October 15, 2016
Officials accidentally offer helping hand
Tennessee looked worse than Gary Danielson’s bathrobe.
It was bad enough that Alabama left welts on the Volunteers’ backside. But when officials stand in your way — literally — then you know it’s not your day.
About midway through the third quarter, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts scrambled for 21 yards to the Volunteers’ 2-yard line. But the run happened in large part because an official failed to get out of the way of Tennessee defensive linemen who were in pursuit.
The play set up an easy touchdown for Hurts later in the drive that extended Alabama’s lead to 28-7. At least Danielson’s bathrobe can hide in a closet or below a mountain of dirty clothes. The Vols don’t have that luxury unless Jones gets way too creative.
— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) October 15, 2016
Foot trouble for Ole Miss
We’re glad Ole Miss return man Carlos Davis has both his feet. So many of life’s joys happen with two tools below the ankles: Dancing, skipping and knocking the crud out of a kickball with pride on the line in your adult league.
But sometimes, the right foot ruins all the fun.
Check out Davis’ kickoff return in the first quarter against Arkansas during the Razorbacks’ 34-30 victory at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. He appears to score — only to learn later that his right foot stepped out of bounds at the Rebels’ 39-yard line.
The correct call was made after review, and Ole Miss’ emotional state went from Mt. Everest high to gutter low. But all was well after the drive ended in a Rebels touchdown nine plays later.
— Andrew Astleford (@aastleford_NJ) October 16, 2016
Targeting frustration in Fayetteville
We all agree safety is cool, right?
But siding with the safe side doesn’t mean one foot can’t be in some gray area as well.
Check out the clip below of Arkansas safety De’Andre Coley being flagged for targeting on an interception by cornerback Henre’ Toliver in the third quarter. This is an iffy call at best, and it could have been left alone. It’s a shame Coley will miss the first half of Arkansas’ game against Auburn on Oct. 22.
Tough break, Hogs. Tougher crowd, those refs.