Tennessee’s protection that had been so mammoth all the contrivance in which thru most of Saturday evening picked the worst 2d to cave.
The Vols led BYU by three aspects within the closing seconds when Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson figured out Micah Simon for a Sixty four-yard dangle to space up a recreation-tying self-discipline purpose that compelled time beyond law.
BYU scored touchdowns on each of its time beyond law possessions, obedient on Ty’Son Williams’ 5-yard landing race.
The Cougars pulled off a gleaming 29-26 victory in front of an announced crowd of 92,475 at Neyland Stadium. BYU (1-1) never led till time beyond law.
The Vols dropped to zero-2 for the first time since 1988.
Right here are five issues we learned.
Mountainous play dooms Vols
BYU mustered best one play that went for no no longer up to 20 yards till its final possession of law. The Cougars faced a third-and-6 from their bear 20 with 17 seconds final when Simon slipped late cornerback Alontae Taylor.
Taylor caught up with Simon to stop him from scoring a recreation-obedient landing, but no longer sooner than he’d positioned Jacob Oldroyd for a 33-yard self-discipline purpose to drive time beyond law.
Jarrett Guarantano has rocky exhibiting
Jarrett Guarantano’s stat line looks OK – he completed 17 of 28 passes for 176 yards – but no doubt, Tennessee’s junior quarterback had a no longer easy evening.
Guarantano’s first landing pass used to be a gift. He threw correct into a wall of defenders. Linebacker Kavika Fonua batted the pass, and the ricochet fell into the hands of Vols wide receiver Jauan Jennings for a lucky landing on a fourth-and-Three play.
Fonua intercepted Guarantano throughout the third quarter after Guarantano threw into triple protection. BYU converted the rapid self-discipline correct into a landing.
Guarantano had one other costly mistake throughout the 2d quarter. Jennings used to be start within the tip zone, but Guarantano didn’t lead him with the pass. Jennings had to slack his scoot, permitting defensive relief Austin Lee to bag and ruin up the pass. The Vols settled for a self-discipline purpose.
Later, Guarantano had Josh Palmer start downfield and launched it over his head.
Credit score Guarantano for threading a Thirteen-yard landing pass to Jennings on third the total model down to drive a 2d time beyond law.
Blake Toppmeyer, Mike Wilson and John Adams on Tennessee’s double OT loss to BYU.
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Tennessee protection true – till the tip
Curiously, BYU didn’t commit to establishing the race till the 2d 1/2, though Georgia Reveal upset Tennessee thanks in immense share attributable to its skill to switch the ball on the bottom.
BYU done with 107 speeding yards on 30 carries.
Tennessee’s protection mostly cleaned up the overlooked assignments and mental errors that hampered it against Georgia Reveal. The Vols also did a better job pressuring the quarterback, sacking Wilson four cases.
Tennessee had a 418-339 income in complete offense.
Tennessee establishes the race
A three-time Mr. Soccer from Memphis, working relief Eric Grey used to be some of the tip prizes of coach Jeremy Pruitt’s 2019 signing class after he flipped his commitment from Michigan. He’s establishing himself as an explosive participant. Grey’s shiftiness, race and versatility were all on reward all yet again Saturday.
He gained seventy seven yards on 17 carries and added two receptions.
Ty Chandler used to be even better. He rushed for a recreation-high 154 yards on 26 carries. Chandler did no longer play a single offensive snap throughout the 2d 1/2 of the season opener after fumbling within the 2d quarter of that recreation. He confirmed Saturday that the Vols can’t dangle the funds for to dangle him on the bench.
Tennessee’s offensive line proved efficient in race blockading, though it used to be unsteady in pass safety.
Uncommon resolution on key play
Tennessee’s offensive line and working backs were imposing their will on BYU throughout a fourth-quarter drive when Tennessee faced a fourth-and-1 on the BYU 30 whereas main Sixteen-Thirteen.
In space of hand the ball off to a working relief, the Vols called for an end-spherical race to Palmer. He used to be stopped for no dangle, ending a drive that would possibly perhaps presumably even dangle allowed the Vols to cement the victory.
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