Things are not going very well in Rocky Top. The Tennessee Volunteers have been fined $250k after their fans threw trash at Ole Miss on Saturday night. Neyland Stadium was home to a bad scene as the fans booed and threw their empty cups, cans, mustard bottles and other items onto the field.
The issue got so bad that the game had to be delayed. Lane Kiffin had a golf ball thrown at him and the Tennessee band, cheerleaders, and dance team all left the field for safety. It is a rare scene. A scene that no one expected to see when the game began. However, after a few flags and bad plays, the fans decided they had had enough.
While teams were getting fined for storming fields after big wins like Kentucky and Texas A&M, many felt this deserved a fine as well. The SEC has now made that official. Now, the university will have to pay a hefty price. With a 4-3 record, Vols fans were hoping to see better effort from their team.
Their game against Ole Miss was the start of their hardest stretch of the season. After the win, the Rebels are now ranked 12th in the country. Tennessee will go on the road and play #4 Alabama, then #15 Kentucky in Lexington, and on November 13 will play #1 Georgia. The Vols have a bye week between Bama and the Cats.
If they are unable to pick up a win during that stretch they will have to win out against South Alabama and Vanderbilt in order to be bowl eligible. It is possible. South Alabama should be a win. So should Vandy at just 2-5 on the year. However, nothing is guaranteed.
Tennessee Loses to Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss
As the season has gone on, the Volunteers have gotten better. However, Tennessee hasn’t been able to get on the right track. They have shown flashes of success, but nothing sustained. After going down 24-12 at halftime, the Vols didn’t have much hope.
Despite the deficit, Hendon Hooker kept playing and getting his team in a good position. Hooker put up 233 yards in the air along with a touchdown. He completed 17/26 passes and added 108 yards rushing. Hooker also ran for a touchdown. He provided much of the offense for the Volunteers.
When it came down to the end, Joe Milton had the ball. Fans had started to get upset with referees. Flags are part of the game. Penalties are almost always self-inflicted. Milton was unable to make a play and that sent fans over the edge. When it was all said and done and the trash was swept away from the field, Ole Miss won. Tennessee went down at home 31-26.