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BLUE-COLLAR VOLS SAY GOOD-BAYOU TO SECCG AND BCS HOPES
LIVE FROM OCI ON MONDAY
Posted: Sunday, November 5th, 2006, 5:46 PM
by Beano
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The best team won but that didnít keep it from being a gut-wrencher. Tennesseeís resiliency and LSUís self-destructive personality made what was a statistical hammering a scoreboard breath-taker. The Vols now find themselves headed to Fayetteville hoping to salvage a win over one of the SECís elite 2006 elite class. Their previous two encounters with the group are the two marks in the loss column to date. Here are my thoughts on the game:

THE GOOD

JONATHAN CROMPTON
I donít think we could ask for anything more than the Redshirt Freshman gave Saturday. He finished 11-24 for 184 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT. He managed the game well and ran for 27 hard-earned yards lowering his head to pick up additional yardage on at least one occasion. THAT we and he could do without unless he wants Bo Hardegree to take the reins.

JONATHAN HEFNEY
He seemed to be everywhere and like the wag that sits behind me likes to urge he was ďmaking his body a missileĒ. He also added an interception to his gaudy stat sheet.

THE THREE MíS MORLEY, MAYO AND MCBRIDE
The trio combined for 27 tackles (Mayo-12, Morley-8, McBride-7), 3 TFL (Morley-2í McBride-1) and Morley added a sack and an INT returned for a TD

MEACHEMíS RECOVERY FROM SHAKY START
After dropping the first two balls thrown his way Robert came up big with 5 catches for 121 yards and 2 TDs (37&54)

FEW PENALTIES AND TURNOVERS
The Vols were definitely the more disciplined of the two squads with only 1 penalty for 15 yards and only one turnover

THE BAD

RUN BLOCKING OR LACK THEREOF
The Vols rushed, using the word very lightly, for only 62 yards on 30 carries a paltry 3.1ypc over a third of which came on Arian Fosterís 22 yard scamper with a draw.

ARIANíS DANCING
Hey Arian, quit doing the Icky-Shuffle and get your tail up field on your rushing attempts.

MORLEYíS OVERLOOKED PUNT TEAM GAFFE
Morley without a doubt touched the punt then compounded the problem by failing to fall on the ball in the end zone just in case. We are very fortunate it wasnít properly ruled a TD which would have given LSU a 14-0 lead.

WILHOITíS FG MISS
The 46 yard attempt looked like one of my scuffed iron shots.

THE UGLY

A DEFENSE THAT COULDNíT GET OFF THE FIELD
478 yards allowed, allowing an 8-14 (57%) 3rd down conversion rate and 3-3 on 4th down. Yes they were tired; most of the fatigue however was self-inflicted.

TIME OF POSSESSION
LSU kept the pigskin for 41 of 60 minutes including an incredible 23:32 of the 30 2nd half minutes. For an explanation see above.

AINGE STILL STANDING ON THE SIDELINE
I said it last week and Iíll say it again. GET HIM OFF OF THAT BUM ANKLE.

THE QB DRAW AT SOUTH CAROLINA
Yeah, I know that was a week ago but Iím still miffed. Even though Crompton filled in more than admirably that call may have cost us the game a week later.

VOLS FAILURE ONCE AGAIN TO DEFEND THEIR HOME TURF
We can beat the Alabamas of the world in Knoxville but the upper crust of the SEC no longer fears Neyland Stadium.

THE BEAUTIFUL

4 MORE TAKEAWAYS
This would have been an ugly thumping if not for this defenseís propensity to take the ball away from their opponents. They now stand at a +3 in turnover margin and have 14 interceptions on the season

CROMPTON LONGBALLS
The 37 and 54 yard TD bombs to Meachem were both things of beauty.

VOLS RESILIENCE
This team is everything last yearís was not. They continue to battle for 60 minutes and have played two superior opponents off their feet

THE YUU-GLY

THIRD DOWN AND LONG DEFENSE
I watch a tremendous amount of college football and nobody surrenders more third and long conversions than we do. When it occurs over the course of a season itís probably a personnel issue. When it extends for more than a decade itís a philosophical issue.

CELEBRATING A LOSS
Arian Foster, David Holbert and Antonio Wardlow were obviously torn up over the loss to the Tigers. Were they celebrating or drowning their sorrows? All three were arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Underage Consumption. Wardlow was also charged with Public Intoxication.
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