Tennessee vs. Appalachian State: Game Grades, Analysis for the Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — No matter how embarrassing the season opener for No. 9-ranked Tennessee almost was Thursday night, you won’t hear any apologies for a 20-13 overtime win over a scrappy Appalachian State team.

Not from a relieved Volunteers team that is thrilled to get to watch an ugly game film without a blemish on its record.

“I’ve never been a part of a frustrating win,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. “A win is a win. In this profession, you’ve got 12 opportunities to win. I’m proud of our players. I thought they showed resiliency to win.

“Again, to educate y’all, they’re a really good football team. You don’t win 17 of 19 games if you’re not a good football team. I have the utmost respect for that. Did we do some things that were uncharacteristic? Absolutely. But I can guarantee you this—we will get them corrected.”

Sometimes, being lucky is better than being good.

Tennessee wasn’t nearly as good as its ranking suggested and will almost certainly drop in the rankings.

But after turning the ball over twice, benefiting from ASU clock mismanagement at the end of regulation and nearly fumbling away a chance to win when quarterback Joshua Dobbs dropped the ball into the end zone only to be recovered by Jalen Hurd for what wound up being the game-winning score, UT will take a fortunate win.

Still, if you like good grades, you should probably turn away.

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Source: Bleacher Report -SEC Football

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