The Vols get a plus from me here because of the resolve they showed in the second half and for their ability to fight back. That effort was enough to make Jeremy Pruitt get emotional after the game, and it was enough to keep Tennessee from getting another blowout at the hands of Georgia. The Vols still made too many mistakes to win and didn’t capitalize on the multitude of mistakes that Georgia made, but there were definite signs of improvement on Saturday. The Vols looked at least like a competent team for most of Saturday’s game, something you couldn’t say about them against Florida.
At the end of the day, Tennessee lost by 26 to an arch-rival. The Vols didn’t play good enough to win by any means, but they did show progress.
I’m not one for moral victories or participation trophies, but with the current state of Tennessee football being what it is, moral victories over this three-game stretch are somewhat acceptable in my opinion. Especially after Florida murdered Tennessee in front of 100,000 Vol fans last Saturday. A large part of Tennessee fans’ hopes died against the Gators. At this point, it’s not about winning football games unfortunately. Its about showing progress, and on Saturday against Georgia, Tennessee showed progress.