Best Playcall of the Weekend: Butch Jones rolls the dice in Columbia
The Tennessee Volunteers (4-5, 1-4 SEC) faced a 14-point deficit with 4:52 remaining in regulation of Saturday’s game against South Carolina (4-5, 2-5) at Williams-Brice Stadium. But Tennessee answered by doing just about everything opposite from the team fans saw struggle through the season.
For the first time in recent memory, Lyle Allen Jones– better known as “Butch”– rolled the dice and went for home run plays with his team staring down another SEC loss. The Vols answered by scoring 17 unanswered points and taking a 45-42 win in overtime.
Tennessee converted on fourth down with a 3-yard run by Joshua Dobbs to bring itself within seven with 1:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Vols defense forced a three and out to reclaim possession after using all three timeouts to stop the clock.
The key play of Tennessee’s comeback came on its final possession of regulation. Trailing 42-35 with 1:23 remaining in regulation, the Vols offense conducted a nine play, 85 yards drive that was capped off by Jason Croom’s 9-yard touchdown catch. The play forced overtime, which was decided by Aaron Medley’s 32-yard field goal. Curt Maggitt and Derek Barnett each forced a sack that halted any potential comeback by the Gamecocks offense.
With the win, Tennessee’s bowl odds become much greater with all three remaining games being played in the state of Tennessee. The Vols have a Week 11 bye before hosting Kentucky (Nov. 15) and Missouri (Nov. 22) at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee will end its season with a road matchup at Vanderbilt (Nov. 29).