Trailing by 10 points with less than 4 minutes left to play, No. 23 Tennessee found an offensive spark after struggling on that side of the ball for much of the game Saturday at 24th-ranked Florida.
Quarterback Quinten Dormady finally looked settled in and had time to throw. He delivered a perfectly-thrown pass to the right sideline to an open Ethan Wolf for a 28-yard touchdown strike.
“It was a play we’ve had in the playbook for a while, decided to use it then, Q threw a great ball, couldn’t hope for better placement,” Wolf said. “It was a big play to get us back in the game.”
The play was a highlight of a 17-point fourth quarter for the Vols. Dormady finished with 259 yards, and the pass to Wolf was his lone touchdown.
For most of the game, it seemed like only John Kelly could move the ball offensively. He finished with 141 yards rushing and a touchdown to go with 96 yards receiving.
Tennessee must figure out a way get the rest of the offense into a groove while continuing to give Kelly the ball.
The Vols lost the game on the last play of the game because of a broken play. Wolf said he believed the game had shifted in Tennessee’s favor, though.
“We had, I know on the offensive side of the ball, and on defense too, the momentum was in our hands completely,” Wolf said. “It seemed they wanted to go to overtime and we were happy with that.
“We had them exactly where we wanted them.”
The game did not end the way Tennessee wanted or hoped, but the resiliency of the team showed.
“One thing that will never happen as long as this season goes and years to come is we will never give up, ” Wolf said. “We won’t think we’re beat, we will fight until the clock hits zero.
“There was a lot of things that led to our missed execution. But we will never quit ever.”
The final Vols touchdown might give a sputtering offense some much-needed confidence moving forward. Georgia travels to Knoxville, Tenn., in two weeks, so the unit will need to find a spark quick.