For the first time since 2006, the Vols are 2-0.
Just take a moment and let that sink in.
It's a good feeling.
It's made even better based on what I saw on the field yesterday. Three huge plays in the game went Tennessee's way. Plays were made and momentum squarely came to reside on our sideline. I love the on-side kick-off call by Dooley and I love how our defense settled in and stopped two fourth-and-one attempts by the Bearcats. And they weren't even close to being made. Add in that Cincinnati got the ball first and goal from the one and couldn't score on three straight plays late in the game and I feel as though our defense made the necessary step from game one to game two.
Offensively, it looks like we're going to depend on the pass to set up the run. Our run game started out slow, but wore down their defense. Whether that can continue once we get into SEC play remains to be seen. I doubt a defense like LSU would wear down over time like the Bearcats did yesterday.
But I don't want to look too far ahead. I want to savor the victory (unlike some Tennessean columnist who can't let fans enjoy a victory too long...seriously David Climer
, do you get paid more the more you diss the Vols? If Vandy had so thoroughly dominated most of the game as the Vols did yesterday, you'd be singing their praises for inch after inch of column space.)
I'm savoring the moment. Tomorrow we can look ahead to a showdown in the Swamp.
Labels: tennessee football
posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/11/2011 11:52:00 AM