The Tennessee Vols are 0-3 in the SEC for only the second time under head coach Phillip Fulmer following Saturday’s 26-14 loss to Georgia. Here’s a quick look at how we did.
Once again, the Tennessee offense failed to perform up to par. QB Nick Stephens had an okay game, completing 13-of-30 for 208 yards and 2 TD. Unfortunately, that was all the Vols offense managed to do. The running game, which has always been outstanding at UT, was non-existent. Five players carried the ball 15 times for a grand total of 1 yard.
The Vols defense once again played fairly well. Unfortunately they were on the field far too long and were not able to stop Georgia’s offense. Both Robert Ayers and Eric Berry had interceptions in the game, however the defense yielded more yards Saturday than in any other game all year. Going into the Georgia game the defense had only allowed an average of 248 yards per game. They gave up 310 passing and 148 rushing yards to the Bulldogs. For the first time this season the Tennessee defense gave up more than 100 yards to a single player (Knowshon Moreno, 27 carries for 101 yards).
Next week the Vols face Mississippi State, followed by Alabama and South Carolina. It’s going be a very tough uphill battle for UT. I have to wonder what coach Fulmer’s future looks like at Tennessee. He has been a great coach, but I’m seriously beginning to think it’s time for a change. I guess only time will tell.