In the first half, I thought the defensive line was worth at least a “B” grade or higher. But the second half saw the same issues as last week. Tennessee just simply kept getting beat off the snap and pushed back when BYU ran the ball. After totaling negative four rushing yards in the first half, the Cougars racked up 111 rushing yards in the second half and both overtime periods combined, and they averaged over six yards per carry after the first half. The pressure on BYU quarterback Zach Wilson was great in the first half, but it waned in the second half.
It was a much better day for the Tennessee defensive line. The Vols consistently pressured BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, causing him to get out of the back and force balls down the field — most of which ended in an incompletion. LaTrell Bumphus recorded his first two career sacks, while Greg Emerson recorded his first career sack.
I’ll always have your backs Vols, just promise to work harder. The players look really fatigued out there. Please work harder getting in better shape. We’ve all heard that games are won or lost in fourth quarters.