Tennessee 63 Western Kentucky 7

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Tennessee

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Attendance (Neyland Stadium):  98,761

W Kentucky Tennessee Football

Tailback Bryce Brown scores his first TD as a Vol

The Operation Was A Success

Let’s just start with the obvious: the energy that last season had dribbled out of the program like a jar of sorghum left upside down uncovered is back with full voltage. The old moldy look of a stale offense is gone. The gosh-darnit dang-nabbit aw-shucks on the sideline have been replaced with some goddammit son-of-a-f*ck*n’-b@tchin’ fire. And, yes, the sideline looks like it ‘s newly tanned and 300 pounds lighter. Gives the whole program a healthy glow, don’t you think?

And what about the memo that must have been sent and received by the entirety of the Vol Nation! It wasnt just the student section this time. The whole double-decked outdoor palace was decked out in orange splendor. It looked good on HDTV.

Operation roomYou just can’t say enough about the blood transfusion that has taken place over the last few months. The first report from the post-op ward is that all signs have reverted from critical to stable, and the prognosis, with the right diet of focus, commitment, execution, physical dominance, and smarts, and some luck thrown over the shoulder, looks bretty bright.

I Don’t Want to Hear It

I don't give a shitI’ve read what several have had to say about the game. And I don’t mind telling you that I do not give a rat’s ass if it was Western Kentucky we played, or Louisiana-Lafayette, or Farragut High School, or the Tennessee School for the Blind. Give the logical, objective analysis a rest! IT FEELS GOOD TO BEAT THE LIVIN’ DAYLIGHTS OUT OF SOMEONE!

Everyone – let’s please have some fun! This was a long time coming. To watch our lads hand our oppnent’s hats back to them was as welcome as a good rain is going to finally feel in California later this fall. Sixty-three to seven. Six hundred and fifty-seven yards of total offense. Three hundred and eighty yards of it on the ground. I feel like I just threw away all of my earthly belongings away to lighten my load by getting rid of all the junk that has accumulated over the years.

I feel good!

I Was Having Flashbacks There for A While

Kiffin's first vol walk

Lane Kiffin takes his first Vol Walk.

The crowd was pumped.

The first Vol Walk of the season, and the inaugural event for new coach lane Kiffin, was awesome. Inspirational.

The running through the T was exhilarating.

The kick-off was like rock-and-roll.

Eric Berry almost did a pick-six special on WKU’s second play from scrimmage.

We hold ’em on third down.

They punt.

Then, then…

Is this what it is like to be a combat war veteran? Because if it is, then we don’t compensate these people nearly enough for their pain and suffering.

…the punt comes almost straight down, and waiting is freshman sensation-to-be Nu’Keese Richardson. I said “-to-be” for a reason. He chickens out at the last second. Ball bouces. Then Nu’Keese tries to grab it, but it looks like he’s trying to catch a trout in the Pigeon River with his bare hands. Ball on ground. Heart in throat. Eyes wide open. Ready to scream. Thankfully Nu’Keese (the more I type his first name the better I’m getting at it) falls on the ball and averts a disaster, at least for a minute or two.

Our ball on our own 36. OK, just take a breath. It will be fine. A 7 yard pass to Quintin Hancock and a 5 yard run by Montario Hardesty. First down. Good. Pretty safe looking stuff. But good nonetheless. Then a completed short pass to Brandon Warren, and then a FUMBLE! A pass to Brandon Warren and he fumbles it!

“Oh God, I can’t take it” he screamed. “It’s all coming back to me like it was just yesterday.” It’s OK, son. He recovered the ball.

living deadI’m starting to get that sinking feeling in my stomach. The stench in the air is coming back. I’m sweating all over.  Then, OMG! It’s, it’s HIM! Number 8! Jonathan Crompton! He’s back! Aaaaarrrrrrrrggggghhhh!!!! I… I… I can’t… I can’t take it… No more, please… please… pleeeeaaaasssseeee! Is that… is that Fulmer?… I thought we got rid of him last fall?!?! Didn’t we? Didn’t we, mommy!?! No!?? What?? God, what a nightmare I’m having. It’s a LIVING nightmare. The Night of the Living Dead! They’re all around me, walking, slowly but persistently, coming closer, closer, and… and… oooooOOOOOOOHHHHH…

Screams…second down. Crompton back to pass. Tipped! Up in the air! Inter-f*ck*n’-ception! Blood rushes to head. Top of head feels like it is on fire. Want to yell. Wan’t to scream. I stick my head out the window and sing at the top of my lungs: You’re not fit to wear the shirt! You’re not fit to wear the shirt! Once a dud, always a dud. You’re not fit to wear the shirt!

Yep. I’d had just about enough, and we were only just a few minutes into this one. And then I saw a glimpse of how we’re just not going to have anything really to worry about. Because we were playing Farragut High School. Another possession for the Red Towel waivers and another three-and-out. Punt. Catch! No fumble! Five yard return! Safe! First down!

Ok, Ok, it’s all going to be just fine. Yes. Ok. Bryce Brown runs for four. OK.  Crompton passes, oh God, passes to Quinto Hancock. First down! Hardesty runs for four. Crompton passes to Kevin Cooper. First down again. OK. Movin’ the chains. OK. Crompton back again – passes to Marsalis Teague. Fifteen yards. Good! Good! First down! Let’s geep it going! Incomplete pass. Then Hardesty runs for twelve and another first down. Moving day, boys!

howard beale - I'm mad as hellTime out, WKU. Right. Crompton then back to pass, yes, yes! Complete to Hardesty. POP! Ball loose! Recovered by WKU! Running down the sideline!!!!! It all just came out. All the vile bile that had been left over from last season. I didn’t know I had any left! It all came out. I just let it all out. rrrrrRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!! I’ll never do this again! I will neveer waste another beautIful Saturday! I’m Mad As Hell And I’m Not Going To Take This Any More!!!

But I did. Sat back down. Got up. Walked for a bit around the couch. Sat back down. Farragut High School (err, WKU) incomplete pass, a six-yard run, a false start – HA!, and third-and-nine. Incomplete pass! Then Dan f*ck%n’ Williams just keeps on truckin’ and flatten’s Brandon Smith. Just like that. As stupid a play as we ever made last season. Fifteen yard penalty for roughing the passer. First down Hilltoppers.

Flash BackI had nothing left. Just sat there. Staring into the TV. Wondering where I was. Why I was. Why I was doing what I was doing at that very moment. Why am I watching this? Why? Where did it all go wrong? Of course WKU couldn’t do anyhing with the ball when they got it – a nine-yard loss by sack, a shot pass followed by another sack this time for a thirteen-yard loss, then we get it back again. And yes, we begin with an eighteen-yard run by Hardesty, then a sixteen-yard run by Bryce Brown. Fine. Whatever. Then after another Hardesty run, a five yard penalty for a substitution infraction. A penalty for a substitution. A substitution penalty. I feel like I’m in the movie Groundhog Day.

But we picked ourselves up and kept at it. And at the end of the opening quarter, we were ready to bust WKU’s door in.

Then I Died and Woke Up in Heaven

On the third play of the second quarter, freshman Bryce Brown powered his way into Checkerboard City to put the Vols ahead. And that lead turned out to be for good. Because what came next was like waking up from a bad dream, looking up and seeing everything you could possibly want.

Died and gone to heaven

OK, not exactly that.

But, you get my point. Here is what happened, drive for drive, for the remainder of the game, beginning with Tennessee’s opening score.

Tennessee TD WKU fumble, Vol recovery

Tennessee TD WKU punt

Tennessee TD WKU punt

Tennessee TD WKU punt

Halftime

Tennessee missed 4th down conversion       WKU does the same

Tennessee throws interception       WKU punt

Tennessee TD WKU TD

End Third Quarter

Tennessee TD WKU fumble, Vol recovery

Tennessee TD WKU throws interception

Tennessee TD WKU punt

Tennessee TD WKU punt

Tennessee almost scores a TD on the last play of the game.

Wow!

62-7. 657 yards of total offense. 380 of them on the ground, the most since the 199 Vandy game. Five, count them, five TD passes by Crompton, who settled into himself instead of into his head and played relaxed, fluid, and confident. And made some pretty nice throws. The OL made holes that would have let a Hummer through. And didn’t give the WKU lineman any room to get within sniffing distance of Crompton.

A defense that let WKU have a total of 83 total yards of offense. 83. Eighty-three. That’s eight three point zero. Physical. Smart.

No field goal attempts. None. No punts. None. No field goal attempts. No punts. That is correct. None.

We won this game without Eric Berry having to do anything. The DL made that happen. Pressure, pressure, pressure. Punishing. Nick Reveiz was seemingly all over the place.

It was a day that began with thoughts of suicide, but quickly settled into that kind of afternoon where the sun shines, the breeze blows just enough through your shirt to give you that fresh, cool feeling, and everything looks possible.

Sunrise

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter

Tennessee Helmet13:41 Bryce Brown runs for 2 yards. GIVE HIM SIX! TOUCHDOWN TENNESSEE. Daniel Lincoln’s extra point is GOOOOOOD! TENN 7 WKU 0. The run capped a 10 play, 81 yard drive lasting 4:33.

Tennessee Helmet13:22 Luke Stocker catches a Jonathan Cromption pass for 17 yards. GIVE HIM SIX! TOUCHDOWN TENNESSEE. Daniel Lincoln‘s extra point is GOOOOOOD! TENN 14  WKU 0. The TD pass was the only play of the drive, lasting 0:17.

Tennessee Helmet9:08 Quintin Hancock catches a Jonathan Crompton pass for 9 yards. GIVE HIM SIX! TOUCHDOWN TENNESSEE. Daniel Lincoln‘s extra point is GOOOOOOD! TENN 21  WKU 0. The TD pass capped a 5 play, 63 yard drive lasting 1:09.

Tennessee Helmet1:14 Brandon Warren catches a Jonathan Crompton pass for 4 yards. GIVE HIM SIX! TOUCHDOWN TENNESSEE. Daniel Lincoln‘s extra point is GOOOOOO! TENN 28  WKU 0. The TD pass capped an 11 play, 62 yard drive lasting 6:08.

Third Quarter

Tennessee Helmet7:28 Montario Hardesty runs for 43 yards. GIVE HIM SIX! TOUCHDOWN TENNESSEE. Daniel Lincoln‘s extra point is GOOOOOOD! TENN 35  WKU 0. The run was the only play of the drive, lasting 0:10.

Western Kentucky Helmet2:41 Bobby Rainey runs for 19 yards. Touchdown Hilltoppers. Casey Tinius’ extra point is good. TENN 35  WKU 7. The run capped a 9 play, 66 yard drive lasting 4:38.

Fourth Quarter

Tennessee Helmet14:55 Luke Stocker catches a Jonathan Crompton pass for 6 yards. GIVE HIM SIX! TOUCHDOWN TENNESSEE. Daniel Lincoln‘s extra point is GOOOOOOD! TENN 42  WKU 7. The TD pass capped a 6 play, 75 yard drive lasting 2:37.

Tennessee Helmet13:21 Marsalis Teague catches a Jonathan Crompton pass for 5 yards. GIVE HIM SIX! TOUCHDOWN TENNESSEE. Daniel Lincoln‘s extra point is GOOOOOOD! TENN 49  WKU 7. The TD pass capped a 4 play, 22 yard drive lasting 1:20.

Tennessee Helmet9:51 David Oku runs for 2 yards. GIVE HIM SIX! TOUCHDOWN TENNESSEE. Daniel Lincoln‘s extra point is GOOOOOOD! TENN 56  WKU 7. The run capped a 5 play, 46 yard drive lasting 2:35.

Tennessee Helmet3:43 David Oku runs for 1 yard. GIVE HIM SIX! TOUCHDOWN TENNESSEE. Daniel Lincoln‘s extra point is GOOOOOOD! TENN 63  WKU 7. The run capped a 7 play, 58 yard drive lasting 3:29.

GAME INFORMATION LINKS (all ESPN.com)

Recap

Box Score

Play-by-Play

Drive Chart

This Week’s Scores Involving Upcoming 2009 Opponents

South Carolina 7 North Carolina State 3

Kentucky 42  Miami (Ohio) 0

Georgia 10  Oklahoma State 24

Charleston Southern 3  Florida 62

Connecticut 23  Ohio University 16

Louisiana Tech 13  Auburn 37

San Diego State 14  UCLA 33

Western Carolina 0  Vanderbilt 45

Alabama 34  Virginia Tech 24

Mississippi 45  Memphis 14

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9 responses to “Tennessee 63 Western Kentucky 7”

  1. T K says :

    LOOKS LIKE BERTS THE ONE CLOSEST TO HAVING SOME BRAINS

  2. T K says :

    fred do these blog comments clear after each game

    • NorCalVol says :

      Comments stay with the post – presrved for eternity, unless the administrator (me) deletes them.

  3. T K says :

    well i dont show any of our comments that were made prior to this game……..HELP……what am i doing wrong

    • norcalvol says :

      Go to the post (the game preview one) and at the top near the post header (game preview tenn vs wku) you should see a link that says 10 comments – just click on that and that should work.

  4. T K says :

    all those comments are here again………i swear freddy yesterday they were gone. dont get to excited about this team yet. i saw lots of good too but remember its wku

  5. T K says :

    ID LIKE TO RETRACT MY STATEMENT ABOUT BERT HAVING ALL THE BRAINS……IT WAS ACTUALLY SANDY ON THE PREDICTIONS. WHAT WAS I THINKING WHEN I ACTUALLY TYPED BERT IN THERE

  6. NorCalVol says :

    So, TK, what were you’re impressions from the game – you were there. Crowd? Enthusiasm? Energy? Game? Any post-game stuff?

  7. T K says :

    SUCH HARD QUESTIONS FREDDY……..
    CROWD WAS PUMPED EARLY ON AND MORE STAYED WITH THE BLOW OUT SCORE LATE IN THE GAME THAN USUAL FOR A GAME LIKE THIS
    ALL THE CROWD SEEMED EAGER TO GET THE SEASON GOING, BUT CROWD WASNT LOUDER THAN NORMAL AND POSSIBLEY EVEN A LITTLE QUIETER AFTER A WHILE.
    OBVIOUS TO ALL THAT THE PLAY CALLING WAS AGGRESIVE AND VERY UNFULMER LIKE. HARD TO TELL WHERE THEY ARE THOUGH WITH SUCH A WEAK OPPONENT

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