Tennessee was undermanned on the offensive line and big underdogs Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., but the Vols actually took a fourth-quarter lead before losing to No. 8 Alabama, 19-14.
Coach Butch Jones said he’s not one for moral victories after the loss, but it had to be an encouraging performance even if the fan base has dealt with plenty of near-misses this season.
Here are four things to know:
- It was a tough loss, but Jones says, “We’re close. Our time is coming.”
- Peyton Manning was at the game, and threw his support behind Jones and quarterback Joshua Dobbs.
- Former Alabama and current Vols running back Alvin Kamara honored an ex-teammate who died earlier in the week.
- The Vols started two freshmen on the offensive line, and the duo played well considering they were facing arguably the best defensive front in the country.
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- The Vols defense, which has dealt with plenty of injuries as well, showed a lot of improvement in the loss.
- Jones and some of his players showed support for kicker Aaron Medley, who missed three field goals against the Crimson Tide.
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- Dak Prescott had a monster game for Mississippi State.
- No Robert Nkemdiche, no problem for the Ole Miss defense.
- Leonard Fournette tied another school record in a win against Western Kentucky.
- Derek Mason got his first SEC win and an incredible photo to commemorate it.
- A Vols fan lost a bet and the payment, well, that’s a photo he’s going to wish didn’t exist.