Josh Heupel was fired up after Tennessee’s, 34-27, win at No. 17 Pitt Saturday afternoon. The win marked his second road top 25 win in his first 15 games in Knoxville.
There was also plenty of relief as Tennessee’s offense struggled for much of the game and the Vols failed to put away the Panthers in regulation despite a second half lead.
However, an ugly win is always better and a beautiful loss.
“Every time you step on the field they have 85 scholarships and they got good coaches too,” Heupel said postgame. “You don’t take any of it for granted. You can’t do that in your preparation and you can’t do it after it. You gotta enjoy the wins however how pretty or not pretty a win might be. You better enjoy it. They’re hard to come by.”
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Heupel and his team did just that. Fans and all could see Heupel celebrate with his players — including Jeremy Banks and Nick Humphrey — on the field following the overtime victory.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 11, 2022
Heupel’s celebration went to another level in the locker room as the coach showed off his moves. Though according to defensive tackle Omari Thomas, Heupel has no news.
“Coach Heupel had no moves tonight,” Thomas said.
Here’s a clip from Tennessee football’s official Twitter account and a longer look from a player’s Instagram story.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 11, 2022
I WOULD DIE FOR JOSH HEUPEL pic.twitter.com/iVYcf58NMh
— Barstool Rocky Top (@BarstoolTenn) September 11, 2022