For the first time since 1988, Tennessee is 0-2 on the season. The Vols lost in double overtime 29 to 26 to BYU at Neyland Stadium last night.
Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano completed 14-of-22 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns to Jauan Jennings, who caught four passes for 88 yards. Ty Chandler added 154 yards on the ground for the Vols.
Tennessee held a 13-3 lead over the Cougars at halftime but couldn’t do enough to put the game away in the second half. BYU opened the second half with a touchdown to cut the lead to 13-10, and all the Vols could do to respond was tack on another field goal to increase the lead back to six.
Still, even after BYU got another field goal of its own to make it a 16-13 lead, the Vols held the lead in the final minute of regulation. BYU started at its 16-yard line with 1:01 to play. A holding call on the first play made it a first-and-18. Two plays later, the Cougars faced a third-and-6 from the BYU 20 and didn’t have many options.
But then, BYU’s Micah Simon found himself wide open behind the Tennessee defense. Zach Wilson found him for a 64-yard completion, and BYU managed to run down the field and spike the ball before time could expire. Jake Oldroyd then made a 33-yard FG to tie the game. It was a field goal Tennessee fans behind the end zone thought went wide right, but it was ruled good, though it was agonizingly close.
BYU would strike first in overtime, but Jarrett Guarantano would complete a pass to Jauan Jennings to tie it up. In the second overtime, the Vols got the ball first, but could only manage a field goal. Vols fans were then forced to watch BYU make its way down the field and toward the end zone. The game came to an end on a 5-yard touchdown run by BYU’s Ty’Son Williams that was truly a team effort.
“You’ve got to give BYU credit,” said Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt. “They kept fighting, and they never gave up. It was one hell of a game.”
Tennessee will host U.T. Chattanooga at noon this Saturday (September 14, 2019). Then the schedule will get worse. Tennessee will travel to the swamp to play the Florida Gators September 21. The Vols will then have a bye week before being back in Neyland Stadium October 5 to play the third ranked team in the nation, the Georgia Bulldogs.