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Tennessee escapes with overtime win over Appalachian State


Junior quarterback Taylor Lamb hands the ball to senior running back Marcus Cox

Tennessee’s comeback prevented Appalachian State from producing another shock nine years to the day after the Mountaineers stunned No. 5 MI in one of the greatest upsets in college football history. They really made UT fans nervous by jumping out to a 13-3 lead early in the 2nd quarter and seemed to dial up the right play defensively to harass the Vols into two turnovers. They avoided the same fate as MI in 2007 and actually got the lucky break when Hurd recovered Dobbs’ fumble in the end zone in overtime.

Following another stop by the Mountaineers’ gritty defense, it looked like Rubino would get one more opportunity at vindication.

All of the media hype and fanfare that has accompanied the ‘ preseason top-10 ranking will finally be put to the test on Thursday night as the Vols play host to former FCS power Appalachian State in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

The near-upset would have been exactly nine years to the day since the Mountaineers huge upset of MI in 2007.

Appalachian State looked like the better of the two teams for most of the first half. Along with his 436 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns, Lamb threw for an impressive 2,387 yards and 31 touchdowns.

The Vols thought they had a touchdown pass from Joshua Dobbs to tight end Ethan Wolf later in the game, but it was waved off because the football hit the ground before Wolf gained control. The Mountaineers ran a fake end around, something nobody is going to fall for on a fourth-and-5.

Tennessee then won in overtime by fumbling into its own end zone. In the fourth, Hayes scored his third TD on an 8-yard carry and Amari Coleman returned an interception 27 yards for a score. They don’t necessarily need to cover the spread in this game because the Mountaineers are such a rough match-up. Instead, Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd gathered in the ball for what would be Tennessee’s first and only lead more than 60 minutes into this game. I’m able to drop back pass and also able to tuck the ball down and run… keep your eyes downfield so you’re able to keep the defense on their heels.

Cameron Sutton’s fumble on a muffed punt early in the first quarter set the tone for a sloppy game for the Vols.

Before the first quarter was up, the Vols lost their top linebacker, Reeves-Maybin, on a targeting penalty covering a punt return.

Devine Redding rushed for 135 yards and Rashard Fant returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown for IN (1-0).

No. 19 Louisville 70, Charlotte 14: Lamar Jackson accounted for a school-record eight touchdowns and 405 offensive yards by halftime to help Louisville dismantle Charlotte. “Football holds are dreams, goals and aspirations and our coaches let us know fumbles are not okay and they’re not acceptable”.

The Mountaineers finished last season sixth in the nation in rushing (Tennessee came in 21 in that category). Hurd rushed 28 times for 110 yards. Tennessee’s next game is against Virginia Tech on September 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. Any chance a freshman, whose confidence was already rattled by the events of the night, makes that? Missing that extra point on Appalachian State’s second touchdown had to frazzle him.