It was a wonderful quarter and a half tonight as the Vols dominated things early in this game against the Ducks.
And then the gas ran out and we into half-time tied with the Ducks...and from there, they never looked back.
Of course, I'm bitterly disappointed we couldn't pull an upset tonight and stop the Quack Attack. As I said elsewhere, I think our lack of depth reared its ugly head this evening--on both sides of the ball.
However, I'm still encouraged by what I saw for a quarter and a half. I saw a team that was giving their all, playing with passion and giving a full effort. I saw a pride in being the underdog and not wanting to take it. We gave it our best punch and Oregon countered. Of course, there will be a part of me that wonders what might have happened had there not been a long rain delay. Would we have run out of gas as quickly? I'm not saying we would have won, but could we have put up some more points or kept them on the ropes longer? Would the rain have slowed down their running attack a bit more?
Woulda, coulda, shoulda....doesn't matter. We still didn't get it done.
It stings now, but in the long term I see some glimmers of hope. And that's what I'll hold onto.
And hope that next week if we can get Florida on the ropes early that we'll keep them there and make some better luck for ourselves.
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posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/11/2010 10:11:00 PM