Tour of SEC football games Sept 15, 2012

The Volunteer waves the Power T flag during the Vol Walk down Peyton Manning Pass outside Neyland Stadium before the Vols' matchup against the Florida Gators Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

The Volunteer waves the Power T flag during the Vol Walk down Peyton Manning Pass outside Neyland Stadium before the Vols’ matchup against

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My son Wilson and I got pretty wet during the Arkansas- Alabama game. We got to visit with Rex Jones at halftime. His two sons Barrett (75) and Harrison (82) got a lot of playing time during the route of the Hogs. I have written about Rex and his sons several times in the  past.

Arkansas could not generate any offense and as a result the defense eventually crumbled. 

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Tennessee had a lead in the first half and it appeared like they may pull off the win. However, it did not end up that way.

Here is what the Tennessee paper had to say:

Tyler Braystarted walking toward the edge of Tennessee’s sidelines as the final seconds ticked away.

When the clock hit zero, he dashed toward the exit tunnel, the first Tennessee player to leave the field after the much-anticipated game ended with a lopsided finish.

Florida (3-0, 2-0 SEC) scored the final 24 points in a 37-20 victory over Tennessee (2-1, 0-1 SEC) on Saturday night atNeyland Stadium.

While the defense was the culprit on several big plays late in the game, the Bray-led offense didn’t seize momentum when it swung in Tennessee’s favor and failed to reclaim it when it was on Florida’s side.

“We’ve got to make plays,” Bray said. “When it comes to crunch time, we need to step up.”

Bray’s numbers weren’t terrible, but they were far from typical. He went 22-for-44 for 257 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and two interceptions. He opened the season without an interception in 65 attempts.

“We lost,” he said sullenly after the game. “It doesn’t matter what my performance was.”

After a key swing late in the third quarter, the offense sputtered, ending the game with five punts and an interception, including three consecutive three-and-outs. Bray took two sacks, including an intentional grounding call that seemed to spark Florida’s turnaround.

Up until that point, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said, there was a “heck of a game going.” Then the Vols started to fall apart on both sides of the ball.

“It was just not responding,” Bray said. “We knew we were going to be ones to stop ourselves. We just fell apart … It was the same kind of thing that happened last year.”

The Vols began the second half with a 12-play, 81-yard touchdown drive. The offensive production then disappeared along with Tennessee’s lead.

The Vols mustered only 37 yards on 22 plays in the final quarter and a half of play, giving little relief to a Tennessee defense that Dooley said seemed to be running low on “juice.”

Running back Rajion Neal said he could sense the team’s deflation late in the game but couldn’t fully explain it.

“Honestly, I’m not sure what went on,” Neal said. “I can’t even really put into words what happened. You could just feel something wasn’t right.”

Neal said the frustration grew with each three-and-out.

“Guys sort of got a little flustered and got away from what we were doing well,” Neal said.

How can the Vols overcome this week’s disappointment? Bray has a two-word answer.

“Win ballgames,” he said. “The fans don’t care what we do on the practice field. They just care if we win ballgames.”

(Below is a picture of Wilson at the Bama game in Fayetteville.) 

 

Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter (11) is tackled by Florida defensive back Marcus Roberson (5) in the second quarter at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Photo by Adam Brimer

Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter (11) is tackled by Florida defensive back Marcus Roberson (5) in the second quarter at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee Derek Dooley leaves the field after the Vols' 37-20 loss to the Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)<br /><br /><br /><br />

Photo by Adam Brimer

Tennessee Derek Dooley leaves the field after the Vols’ 37-20 loss to the Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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