Tennessee rolled yesterday, after a touchdown laden first quarter that saw the score knotted at 14, UT went on a 31-9 run to end the game. It was a fun game to watch as a Vol fan. I don’t know if Cincinnati is good or not. Their defense isn’t, but their offense might be. Hard to say. But here’s this week’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
The Good: Where to begin? Tyler Bray’s 34-41 405 yard 4 TD (and a QB sneak TD)? Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers going off each with over 100 yards again, and each with 10 catches? How about the defense manning up on the two 4th and short plays? Or Cincinnati getting 1st and goal from the one yard line and coming away with three measly points? How about Derek Dooley calling the bold onside kick, and Michael Palardy executing it perfectly? How about all of the above? If I was forced to pick, I am gonna go with the passing game. Game balls all around for the passing game, Bray, Hunter, Rogers, the offensive pass protection,Mychal Rivera had a few nice grabs. Hunter and Rogers were men among boys yesterday. They made easy catches, they made tough catches. They were virtually unstoppable. Zach Rogers got into the act late with his first two grabs of the year and his first touchdown of the season. The offensive pass game was GOOD.
The Bad: In the first quarter there was plenty of shoddy tackling. Isaiah Pead’s 65 yard scramble for the first score of the game could’ve been a tackle-for-loss after Daryl Vereen hit him in the backfield. Justin Coleman has had two games in a row now where a receiver gets loose behind him. This time he didn’t give up a touchdown like last week. Two fumbles. One by Marlin Lane in the second quarter, and one by Raijon Neal in the fourth Not much bad though.
The Ugly: The run-game early was ugly. The stats will show that Tennessee was better this week against Cincinnati, than it was against Montana. But the run games needs to improve and soon. As Coach Dooley noted in the post-game presser. “Big Boy football starts next week”.
In the meantime, at least for a day or two, let’s enjoy this wonderful performance.