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5 Plays That Helped Send the Vols Bowling

2. Danny O’Brien prevents Patton Robinette from running for the first down on Vandy’s final drive

This one is more subtle – it’s probably not the first thing that came to your mind. But remember that Vanderbilt marched down the field against Tennessee to win the game in Neyland Stadium in 2013, ending UT’s bowl chances that year. Tennessee’s defense got the stop this year. And there are several plays you could point to on that final drive for Vanderbilt. Curt Maggitt pressured Patton Robinette several times, for example, but it was Danny O’Brien’s play that may have derailed the drive the most.

The redshirt sophomore defensive tackle gets just enough of Robinette’s foot to make him stumble and fall on what looked like it would’ve been a first-down run for the Commodores. It looks like Robinette would’ve made it to about the 40 and either gotten a first down or would’ve gotten out of bounds. Instead, Vandy didn’t get the extra yardage and the clock rolled, 28 seconds in all – an eternity in the two-minute drill – helping keep Vandy out of the end zone and preventing them the opportunity to think about going for two and the win as well.

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