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This post was edited on 9/18 3:01 PM by ColonelAngus

This post was edited on 9/19 10:41 AM by JD Gator

This post was edited on 9/22 10:58 AM by JD Gator

9/18 3:00 PM | IP: Logged
Absolutely awesome collection of photos.
9/18 3:07 PM | IP: Logged
I was saddened when they cut to the other game so quickly after this one was over that we didn't get to see them storm the field.

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9/18 3:15 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by GatorGray:
I was saddened when they cut to the other game so quickly after this one was over that we didn't get to see them storm the field.

Posted from Rivals Mobile


9/18 3:30 PM | IP: Logged



Originally posted by GatorGray:
I was saddened when they cut to the other game so quickly after this one was over that we didn't get to see them storm the field.

Posted from Rivals Mobile





 
Heheh...I don't think anybody had to spend the night in jail for misdemeanor 'storming'

I think they stormed the parking lot right after these picts were taken Gray.
9/18 3:33 PM | IP: Logged

Police to UT fans: don't rush the field





KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - From Big Orange Country to Gator Country, fans are geared up and ready for this weekends match-up between the Vols and the Gators.


Police say this year's game is the perfect storm. Not only is it a rivalry, but there's also a national presence and spotlight with ESPN's College Gameday, and it will be played at night.


With all the hype, comes more police presence.


Once Knoxville Police saw a new Facebook group, "Tennessee Fans Rush the Field," they sent out a warning: if you step foot on the field, you will be arrested.


The last notable time fans stormed the field was the 1998 UT-Florida classic. Many remember the orange masses swarming the field, the goalposts coming down, and the fact that it was a huge win en route to a national championship.


This Saturday's big spotlight is something Vol fans have been waiting for.


"I just think this is the year, we have a great passing attack, they have some defensive injuries," said UT student Trey Norris, who is going to the game.


"My whole family's been waiting a while, so pretty excited," said UT junior Josh Humphrey.


"Now that the Vols are back on track, where they should be, I've been waiting ever since a couple years before Fulmer left," said UT graduate Steven Childress.


But what some people don't remember about that 1998 game, was that the number of injuries on the field led to even higher numbers of officers to protect fans.


"Not only for the fans, it's a safety issue for the players, and it's a safety issue for the officials on the field," said KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk.


KPD says if you do storm the field, you will be arrested and charged with aggravated criminal trespassing. Even encouraging someone will land you in jail, and you will be charged with inciting a riot.


"But obviously in the event that UT wins, continue to celebrate in the stands, enjoy the moment. Don't rush the field, don't get arrested," said DeBusk.


"I'm against it (rushing the field), not necessarily because of SEC rules. But we're traditionally a power program, we need to act like we've been there before," said Norris.


But he says he's not making any promises that he won't if he gets caught up in the moment, something that police hope does not happen.


KPD is also warning that if you are a student and you're arrested on the field, your name will go to judicial affairs. That could impact not only going to future games, but also your future at the university.



9/18 3:38 PM | IP: Logged
Priceless
9/18 3:51 PM | IP: Logged
"I
just think this is the year, we have a great passing attack, they have
some defensive injuries,
" said UT student Trey Norris, who is going to
the game.



Too bad for UT we also have depth.
9/18 3:56 PM | IP: Logged

Best post of the week
9/18 4:24 PM | IP: Logged



Originally posted by ColonelAngus:


"Now that the Vols are back on track, where they should be, I've been waiting ever since a couple years before Fulmer left," said UT graduate Steven Childress.







LOL!!! This is what makes it so great and so sad at the same time. Their fan base has fallen so hard that they really did think that beating NC State and Georgia State meant they were back on track where they should be.

Really???

9/18 4:39 PM | IP: Logged



Originally posted by PacoGator19:






Originally posted by ColonelAngus:



"Now that the Vols are back on track, where they should be, I've been waiting ever since a couple years before Fulmer left," said UT graduate Steven Childress.











LOL!!! This is what makes it so great and so sad at the same time. Their fan base has fallen so hard that they really did think that beating NC State and Georgia State meant they were back on track where they should be.

Really???




I do NOT understand where this amazing optimism came from.  I think some talking heads really got into their heads.
9/18 4:46 PM | IP: Logged
Deer in the headlights look!!!!! So sad it almost makes me wanna tear up....tear up with laughter....LOL
9/18 4:47 PM | IP: Logged
thanks for this awesome thread 
9/18 5:56 PM | IP: Logged

as ABC's Jim McKay used to say......................The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, the human drama of
athletic competition.


.....(the ones who have been around for awhile can connect with that)


good win for you guys, good win
9/18 6:19 PM | IP: Logged
I don't think TN has less talent.  They were outcoached and gave up after the Gator surge...which is also coaching imo.  If I were a TN fan (god help me) I'd want Dooley out NOW!!
9/18 7:55 PM | IP: Logged

thye have less talent, they also have less heart, and the believe in the Gator curse.
9/18 9:28 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by gatorbuilderorlando:
I don't think TN has less talent.  They were outcoached and gave up after the Gator surge...which is also coaching imo.  If I were a TN fan (god help me) I'd want Dooley out NOW!!
Their running backs really suck.  They'd absolutely kill to have a back like Mike Gillisle.  
9/18 9:57 PM | IP: Logged
Those pictures just show how high the hopes were. lol...in fact you could tell after Burton took that long TD run...it was like it was over at that point. They completely fell apart and got dominated...it was AWESOME!
9/18 10:58 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by ColonelAngus:



Originally posted by PacoGator19:






Originally posted by ColonelAngus:



"Now that the Vols are back on track, where they should be, I've been waiting ever since a couple years before Fulmer left," said UT graduate Steven Childress.











LOL!!! This is what makes it so great and so sad at the same time. Their fan base has fallen so hard that they really did think that beating NC State and Georgia State meant they were back on track where they should be.

Really???




I do NOT understand where this amazing optimism came from.  I think some talking heads really got into their heads.

They broke the NUMBER 1 RULE in college football.  You don't beat an ACC team and think you're good because of it.
9/19 12:30 AM | IP: Logged



Originally posted by grommit:





Originally posted by ColonelAngus:






Originally posted by PacoGator19:









Originally posted by ColonelAngus:




"Now that the Vols are back on track, where they should be, I've been waiting ever since a couple years before Fulmer left," said UT graduate Steven Childress.














LOL!!! This is what makes it so great and so sad at the same time. Their fan base has fallen so hard that they really did think that beating NC State and Georgia State meant they were back on track where they should be.

Really???






I do NOT understand where this amazing optimism came from.  I think some talking heads really got into their heads.



They broke the NUMBER 1 RULE in college football.  You don't beat an ACC team and think you're good because of it.




Amen.................
9/19 12:51 AM | IP: Logged

Originally posted by grommit:


Originally posted by ColonelAngus:



Originally posted by PacoGator19:






Originally posted by ColonelAngus:



"Now that the Vols are back on track, where they should be, I've been waiting ever since a couple years before Fulmer left," said UT graduate Steven Childress.











LOL!!! This is what makes it so great and so sad at the same time. Their fan base has fallen so hard that they really did think that beating NC State and Georgia State meant they were back on track where they should be.

Really???




I do NOT understand where this amazing optimism came from.  I think some talking heads really got into their heads.

They broke the NUMBER 1 RULE in college football.  You don't beat an ACC team and think you're good because of it.






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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPei128xXZg&feature=channel&list=UL
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j9pCGNcabk&feature=fvwrel
9/19 3:27 AM | IP: Logged

Originally posted by Ghost of Spaceheater:
Take down the sign in the lockerroom.
LOL.

"I will be a whiny, snivelling little bitch today."

Harsh.
9/19 6:53 AM | IP: Logged

Big Vol Daddy says: "THIK IK A THAD THAD DAY PA MEEE.  MAH MAMA SEH TEDDETTEE LAW TUH FLAWDA."

9/19 7:09 AM | IP: Logged
I like this guy.

Link: 31-17 Vols9/19 7:47 AM | IP: Logged
Same guy the next day... watched a few minutes.  Pretty funny.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvqxokFw8iY&feature=channel&list=UL9/19 7:56 AM | IP: Logged
More vol crow

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8jxs2fux-g&feature=related9/19 7:59 AM | IP: Logged
I especially like the composition of this photo.  Two different stages of grief:  Shock, and acceptance.


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Wow...


I stood there on the very top row of the upper deck in Section II, my
arms behind me, draped over the iron bar and my hands clinching the
criss-crossed gates that separate frustrated fans from free-falling into
the shadow of the Tennessee hills.


I'm not suggesting the morbid thought ever crossed my mind during
Tennessee's 37-20 how-did-this-happen-so-quickly meltdown against the Florida Gators. The only reason for that mental image is, in the wake of Trey Burton's 80-yard run following a Marsalis Teague
missed tackle, the Gators' three-play, 70-yard postmark and a Frankie
Hammond long catch-and-run just to rub it in, I felt like the only thing
holding me up was the iron namesake of General Robert Neyland.


The way the excitement had died and the wind was knocked out of a
rowdy crowd of 102,000-plus, maybe I was the only thing holding the
stadium up, too.


There was the usual pain of a loss ... especially a loss to Florida,
which, more often than not, is the season's first. But there was more.
There was that feeling that we'd squandered so much -- the opportunity
to remain firmly in the national spotlight with the college football
world watching, the chance to impress the most impressive group of
recruits to watch a UT game in person in a decade, the potential to beat
a Gators team that was beatable and perhaps most importantly, the
ability to take away any of the questions [at least for a while]
surrounding Derek Dooley and his staff.


Instead, we're left with more questions. Will Dooley ever win a big
game? Can we re-learn how as a program? How does this much talent blow
it so epically? How did it slip away so quickly? When will we ever be
able to play with our two biggest rivals again?


There are no answers today. We lost the game, we lost one of our top defensive players in free safety Brian Randolph, we lost our national ranking and any buzz that we'd gained, and we lost confidence in our coaching staff once again.


What else is there to say? I guess it's a good thing that I'm not
numb to it yet, but that may not be so far away. Just so many
disappointing losses that you can take before you say, "I just don't let
it get to me anymore." It still eats away at my soul.


There was the flicker of hope just before we started walking back to
the car. Mississippi State had only beaten Troy 30-24, Missouri isn't
dominant, Vanderbilt looks bad, South Carolina has chinks in its armor,
Georgia allowed Florida Atlantic to score 20 points. We are an imperfect
team, but we've got nine games left and we cannot give up on this
coaching staff, these players or this season. Not just yet.


As we were walking dejectedly out of Neyland, a half-hearted chant of
"It's great to be a Tennessee Vol" echoed through the tunneled ramp
with my voice joined. A gentleman behind me said quietly to his wife,
"Well, it used to be." In a comforting tone, she whispered back, "It
will be again, honey. Someday."


Still, we wait...


Link: http://www.rockytoptalk.com/section/tennessee_volunteer_football9/19 8:40 AM | IP: Logged
This is pretty funny, in retrospect....


Brayk47
9/19 8:45 AM | IP: Logged

"...we looked really good, we played pretty well...except there are 4 quarters in a game...."

Yes. Yes there are.
9/19 9:44 AM | IP: Logged

This entire thread is hillarious. It should be pinned.  The exerpt from Rockytoptalk.com is fantastic.
9/19 9:47 AM | IP: Logged



TEAGUE 4 FOR 4 AND 0 FOR 4


Vol senior Marsalis Teague
started at cornerback against Florida Saturday night, marking the
fourth time in four opportunities he started against the Gators during
his career. After starting at wide receiver in 2009, he opened the next
three contests at corner.


Unfortunately for Teague, the milestone will not be a memorable one. He
missed a potential touchdown-saving tackle on Trey Burton's 80-yard
burst that tied the score at 20 in the third quarter and finished 0-4
versus the Gators in his four starts against them.

9/19 10:38 AM | IP: Logged
I thought this article should be enshrined here:


"When Florida wide receiver Frankie Hammond sped through the Tennessee
secondary Saturday night, it's a wonder the entire Neyland Stadium
crowd didn't move just as swiftly for the exits.

Some stuck around for the last 9 minutes. Maybe they were too tired to leave.


UT fans probably felt as exhausted as their team looked in the fourth quarter of Florida's come-from-behind, 37-20 victory.


Hammond's 75-yard touchdown wasn't a game winner. It was a game clincher.


It also was the deflating dart in a Big Orange balloon that had been pumped full of optimism all week."


-----


"Hope left town before the Gators did. And it won't be back in Neyland
Stadium on Oct. 20 when the Tide comes to Knoxville with another
winning streak in tow.


Even if the Vols beat Georgia and Mississippi State on the road,
their fans won't risk the emotional investment they made against
Florida. Who could blame them?


So much went into Saturday's game: money, time, emotion, and the
anticipation that a series long dominated by the Gators was about to
take a Tennessee turn.


Some fans spent Friday night on the premises, intent on securing a
prominent position for ESPN GameDay the following morning. Tailgaters
were there from morning to night.


All they got in return was a devastating fourth quarter and an epic
post-game traffic jam. The traffic was still so bad two and a half hours
after the game, I felt as though I had just covered a Talladega 500.


Sitting there in a car that wasn't moving, you probably wondered where this program is headed."


Link: http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2012/sep/16/john-adams-all-in-for-tennessee-not-after-that/9/19 10:41 AM | IP: Logged
Another article by the same guy.  He's apparently pretty disappointed:

"Tennessee has changed its talent level in

football. It hasn't changed its mind-set.


You saw that last Saturday when Florida zoomed past the Vols in the fourth quarter for a 37-20 victory.


Once Tennessee fell behind, it kept falling. Never mind that there
were almost 10 minutes left in the game when Florida took a 14-point
lead. The Vols couldn't have looked any more helpless if they had been
down by 41.


That wasn't an aberration. It's the continuation of a theme.

---------

Coming back against Kentucky and Vanderbilt isn't comparable to
coming back against Florida, which has won eight consecutive games
against UT. Once the Gators started rolling, the Vols rolled over.


Given their history, why wouldn't they?

--------

UT's most talented players didn't deliver once the Vols fell behind
against Florida. Wide receiver Justin Hunter dropped what should have
been an easy completion for a first down. Wide receiver Cordarrelle
Patterson failed to make a difficult catch on a deep throw from Tyler
Bray. And the usually accurate Bray too often was off-target.

So, instead of a comeback, all you got were the same old Vols."


Link: http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2012/sep/18/john-adams-tennessees-resolve-in-big-games-hasnt/?partner=RSS9/19 10:48 AM | IP: Logged

UT has Akron....then AT Georgia and AT MSU then BAMA at home and then AT South Carolina.

The poor VOLS are going to have 4 losses before Halloween....and we will probably have 3.

9/19 11:51 AM | IP: Logged
Apparently, Bray didn't take it too well either:


KNOXVILLE ? Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray never has been the type to go back and watch the video from season-ending games.


He decided the last 20 minutes of the Volunteers' loss to Florida deserved similar treatment.


Bray said after Tennessee's indoor practice Tuesday morning that he
watched only the first half of a game the Vols led 20-13 before
collapsing in the game's final 20 minutes.


"That wasn't our team," Bray said.


"They kept scoring," Bray said. "I get frustrated. Anybody's going to get down and feel like they've got to make that play.


"You've just got to make a play. You go from throwing bombs and
running backs running great and linemen blocking great to no one's doing
anything great. It can get frustrating."


This post was edited on 9/19 12:29 PM by JD Gator

9/19 12:28 PM | IP: Logged
And here is one columnist's reaction to the above statements by Bray:

"Bray refused to watch the film of the final 20 minutes. No way? Way.


Bray said: "That wasn't our team." Say what? No way? Way.


And then he added: "They kept scoring. I get frustrated. Anybody's
going to get down and feel like they've got to make that play. You've
just got to make a play. You go from throwing bombs and running backs
running great and linemen blocking great to no one's doing anything
great. It can get frustrating." No way? Bray.


It's fairly easy to be the man when being the man is easy. "Anybody's
going to get down...." Anybody that is except good quarterbacks who
have the chance to change things. Hey, we all know quarterbacks get too
much praise for success and blame for failure. But that's because the
they're the quarterbacks.


Bray did not take a bad angle on Frankie Hammond Jr. or miss the
tackle on Trey Burton. And every one in orange from the Governor to the
ground's keeper was frustrated Saturday night.


But when the heart beat of your football team stops, then your dead."


Link: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/sep/19/5-10-they-said-what-no-way/9/19 12:31 PM | IP: Logged

sadgator remembers a prior quote from Fred Taylor once on Gameday saying that Florida was so inside Tennessee's head that Tennessee needed to see a psychologist.  It seems true again.  8 straight is an insane streak in that series.

You read the Tennessee quotes and it is like we took their season and their program with us on Saturday night.  Something tells sadgator that the season is going to get extremely ugly for them...
9/19 12:59 PM | IP: Logged
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Vols melt under the bright spotlight




KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ? Good thing the Knoxville Police Department put out
that warning earlier in the week about fans rushing the field at Neyland
Stadium.



The next time, somebody might want to instead put out a warning
about expecting a different ending to a movie we've all seen over and
over again for much of the last decade.



In this case, it's eight years and counting.



That's how many times Florida has beaten Tennessee in a row after the latest flop on Rocky Top, a 37-20 romp by the Gators on Saturday night that spoiled what the Vols had hoped would be their breakout party.



The buildup was as loud as Tennessee's shade of orange.
-----------
"They're front-runners. They talk a lot," Florida running back Trey Burton said of the Vols. "As soon as we got up, their fans started leaving. It's a big win for us."



Indeed, the anticipated rush of the field became a rush of the aisles, as frustrated Tennessee fans scurried to the exits.


"Once you get in the heat of battle and once adversity hits, you've got
to respond to adversity and not crunch under adversity, and that's what
we did," Tennessee linebacker Herman Lathers lamented.


"We weren't responding well," said Bray, whose intentional grounding
penalty after the Vols snuffed out a Florida fake punt in the third
quarter was when the game turned in the Gators' favor.



"We knew that we were going to be the ones that stopped us. We just fell apart."


Link: https://espn.go.com/blog/sec/tag/_/name/justin-hunter9/19 3:21 PM | IP: Logged

Love the articles, JD.....thanks for sharing them!
9/19 3:26 PM | IP: Logged
Enjoying the Vol misery but wondering why they are absolutely so devastated and obsessed with us.  Then it came to me.

Tennessee loses to us first EVERY YEAR.  It is like Lucy and Charlie Brown with the football, or us taking their virginity.  They come into the season (like all fans) all bundled up with hope and with no losses, only to go down hard in this early game that taints the whole season.  Losing to Alabama (or others) later is less painful because we are the one that always crushes the season opening dream.  Not only do they lose to us, but they take it as losing the season.




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I read the post mortems, and they STILL think they have more talent.

Why?

Their team is a QB, two receivers, and mediocrity.

I'm sorry, but having a QB and two receivers doesn't make you a good team, I don't care who they are.  3 vs. 22 just isn't going to work.
9/21 10:10 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by LizardGrad89:
I read the post mortems, and they STILL think they have more talent.

Why?

Their team is a QB, two receivers, and mediocrity.

I'm sorry, but having a QB and two receivers doesn't make you a good team, I don't care who they are.  3 vs. 22 just isn't going to work.
More talent than what?  I haven't seen too many Vols saying they have tons of talent. Not AFTER the game, anyway. 
9/22 11:10 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by JD Gator:


Originally posted by LizardGrad89:
I read the post mortems, and they STILL think they have more talent.

Why?

Their team is a QB, two receivers, and mediocrity.

I'm sorry, but having a QB and two receivers doesn't make you a good team, I don't care who they are.  3 vs. 22 just isn't going to work.
More talent than what?  I haven't seen too many Vols saying they have tons of talent. Not AFTER the game, anyway. 

There was that feeling that we'd squandered so much -- the opportunity 
to remain firmly in the national spotlight with the college football 
world watching, the chance to impress the most impressive group of 
recruits to watch a UT game in person in a decade, the potential to beat
a Gators team that was beatable
and perhaps most importantly, the 
ability to take away any of the questions [at least for a while] 
surrounding Derek Dooley and his staff.


Instead, we're left with more questions. Will Dooley ever win a big 
game? Can we re-learn how as a program? How does this much talent blow 
it so epically
? How did it slip away so quickly? When will we ever be 
able to play with our two biggest rivals again?


Straight from your earlier post.

9/23 11:22 AM | IP: Logged

Originally posted by LizardGrad89:


Originally posted by JD Gator:


Originally posted by LizardGrad89:
I read the post mortems, and they STILL think they have more talent.

Why?

Their team is a QB, two receivers, and mediocrity.

I'm sorry, but having a QB and two receivers doesn't make you a good team, I don't care who they are.  3 vs. 22 just isn't going to work.
More talent than what?  I haven't seen too many Vols saying they have tons of talent. Not AFTER the game, anyway. 

There was that feeling that we'd squandered so much -- the opportunity 
to remain firmly in the national spotlight with the college football 
world watching, the chance to impress the most impressive group of 
recruits to watch a UT game in person in a decade, the potential to beat
a Gators team that was beatable
and perhaps most importantly, the 
ability to take away any of the questions [at least for a while] 
surrounding Derek Dooley and his staff.


Instead, we're left with more questions. Will Dooley ever win a big 
game? Can we re-learn how as a program? How does this much talent blow 
it so epically
? How did it slip away so quickly? When will we ever be 
able to play with our two biggest rivals again?


Straight from your earlier post.


The Gators were, and are, "beatable." I disagree with the second bolded statement- but that's still just one guy.  THis is obviously a question of degree- but by and large, I don't get the impression that Vol fans think they are loaded with talent.
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